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Old 03-31-2008, 03:12 AM   #1
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Default 15 gallon fermenters

i have been homebrewing for a few years now and was thinking of making a fermenter to sell and wanted to know if anybody would be intersted in something like this or not. it will be a 15 gallon food grade plastic fermenter, it will have a fully removeable lid for cleaning, a ball valve in the bottom of the tank, and a valve on the top that you can switch out a airlock and a pressure hose so you can transfer the beer under pressure to avoid picking up the entire thing. let me know what you guys think about this.

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Old 03-31-2008, 03:45 AM   #2
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I made a couple like this,
Food Grade Barrel, holds 14-15 gallons
gromet for airlock
ball lock gas fitting
Better Bottle Racking arm and valve
I have about $60 in it but $17 of that is because I bought a spendy adapter to add the ball lock fittting. Would do it different next time and save the $17

The one in the pic is in the garage with 12 gallons of Peanut Butter Porter @ 60º

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Old 03-31-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Where did you get that barrel? I would like to get a 12 gallon or so barrel like that for 10 gallon batches. Also, do you just use the gas fitting for purging oxygen?

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Old 03-31-2008, 03:27 PM   #4
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I have the exact same barrel, SuperiorBrew. Works great for a primary! I just use mine the ol' fashioned way with an autosyphon. Helps that my brother and I brew together as that baby sure is heavy w/ 12 gals in it!

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My friend started picking up a few 15 gallon barrels that bulk liquid malt extract comes in. Seems like they would work decent for a fermenter.

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Where did you get that barrel? I would like to get a 12 gallon or so barrel like that for 10 gallon batches. Also, do you just use the gas fitting for purging oxygen?
I was planning on using it for transfering and purging but the racking arm works so good I never bother with it.
I use it all the time for 10g batches, i made a little larger batch this time because I am expecting more trub loss (PB Porter) and I want to split it and secondary half of it over some cocoa.
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I was planning on using it for transfering and purging but the racking arm works so good I never bother with it.
I use it all the time for 10g batches, i made a little larger batch this time because I am expecting more trub loss (PB Porter) and I want to split it and secondary half of it over some cocoa.
Right on, so where does one aquire such a vessel?
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:52 PM   #8
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Superior Brew,
I would like to set a couple of these up as well. Where did you get the barrels?

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I would like to set a couple of these up as well. Where did you get the barrels?
I got these from Doug Bradford DBGRAMMLLC@aol.com they were $22 including shipping.

I email a couple times to get more and no response.

Some one else got this reply from him recently:

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Things have drastically changed here in our little company. Availability of the drums has decreased, and we now have to include all labor into the price. Sorry, but not my decision.

Consequently, at the moment we have only two buckets. The price is $37.00 each, which includes postage to your address via USPS. Sorry about the price increase, but I am not allowed to just get rid of the drums any more like I used to be able to do, so cleaning, wrapping, and sending someone to the post office has to be covered.

If you are still interested, please let me know. If I do not hear from you I will go to the next person who emailed us.

Again, sorry about the price and availability, but this is now out of my control. I will understand if you are not interested. But if you are, let me know and I will give you more details as to paying.

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There are a bunch of 9 gallon ones on ebay but no bigger ones that I can find right now.
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My buddy scored the 15 gallon drums from outside the back of a LHBS. 0$. Just gotta clean out all the malt. I think he has snagged 4 of them so far. I have a few. I figured they would be good just as general containers for water or what not. They are HDPE. He also picked up a food grade 55 gallon drum this way. Not sure what that will get used for, he had hopes of making a lot of beer!

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