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Old 02-04-2007, 04:45 AM   #1
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I am in the process of building a 1/2 bbl brewery and I was hoping to get some input on the use of 1/2 bbls for primary fermenters...I'm specifically interested in racking valve placement and cleaning techniques.
Anyone got any ideas or experience?

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Old 02-07-2007, 10:10 PM   #2
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What if you made two, one for a primary and one for a secondary?

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Old 02-07-2007, 10:29 PM   #3
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I'm thinking of using 1/2 barrel kegs as fermentors too. I too want to cut a hole in the top of mine so that it can be manually cleaned out. I don't think I would trust cleaning out yeast sediment with stock Sanke keg hardware.

I also want to be able to carbonate the beer in my Sanke.

I think I am going to cut a 4" round hole in top of my kegs and machine a plate to fit over the hole that has a dip tube and CO2 in fittings. I'll hold it down with a bar that goes across the keg top, through the handle holes.

Anyone have a better idea ?

Now if I could just find the time to work on some of this stuff.

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Old 02-08-2007, 05:54 AM   #4
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Brew man, why not cut the top off a corny keg and use that?
The other thing I'd look at is turning the thing upside down and fit to the bottom.

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Brew man, why not cut the top off a corny keg and use that?
The other thing I'd look at is turning the thing upside down and fit to the bottom.
Because the corny costs $20 and a welding shop wants about 1 hour ($75) to pressure weld a Corny top to a Sanke. I don't have tig welder.

I think I can accomplish the same thing by cutting a hole and putting a plate over it. And if I can't, I can always get a corny welded in place.

And, the corny hole is ok for a corny, but it would be nice to have something just a bit larger, at least for my forearms.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:07 AM   #6
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Brewman,
This might be helpful:
http://users.adelphia.net/~aken75/Fe...ter%20Lid.html

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Old 02-08-2007, 11:08 AM   #7
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Yeah, I'm basing my stuff on the pictures in the link, unless I come up with something I like better. In process of building the Brew Shack even though it's going a tad slow (got a contract for a computer rollout) and I haven't cut anything in/off/around the kegs until I have a definate plan in place.

I want to brew 12 gallon batches. I'll fill two 6.5 gallon carboys as secondaries. After conditioning for a time (depending on style) I'm going to fill two cornies and bottle the remaining for longer term bottle conditioning.

A friend of mine in town has one of the very few houses with a basement. I want to put a fridge in it (with lock and key, or long term conditioning will never happen) so the fridge won't have to work hard in the basement.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:57 PM   #8
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Has anyone considered cutting a hole in top of the 1/2 bbl keg for a corny lid and replace the spike with a 2" tri clover blind flange drilled for an airlock. Have converted a couple 1/2 bbl kegs for others with this approach, all that is needed for tools is a 3" hole saw and file.

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Old 02-08-2007, 12:58 PM   #9
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If you could wield a coupler flush or nearly flush with the bottom and had some kind of stand to access the attached valve you wouldn't need a secondary. You could just dump the trub. Like with a conical.

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Old 02-08-2007, 03:34 PM   #10
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=18630

This has worked well for me so far. To add in transfer I remove the trap and plug with a stopper. I added a ball-lock on the top so that I can add a little C02 to assist in racking and harvesting yeast.
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