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Old 06-06-2011, 01:18 AM   #1
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Default 55 Gallon plastic barrels for fermenters?

I've seen http://orlando.craigslist.org/for/2420484297.html on CL on and off for a while now. Would you use something like this for fermenting or mash tun or something? At $20 each, it's a good deal.

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Old 06-06-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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are they food grade?

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Old 06-06-2011, 01:20 AM   #3
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As long as it is #2 HDPE it'll be fine. I'd say go for it.

Keep in mind some people believe HDPE is bad for long-term aging of beer (more than a few months). I don't know, I've never aged anything for that long.

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also what was in them b4

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also what was in them b4
I don't know, but
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BARRELS Contained a FOOD GRADE Product , NO Chemicals, NO Soaps, NO Oils.
Leads me to believe they are food grade. Post also recommends use for water storage.

Is 55 gallons too large to deal with? I mean, even in 10 gallon or 20 gallon batches you aren't even half way there! Seems more like something a microbrewery might be able to use.
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Seems my googling skills are lacking.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/55-g...bility-236236/

Grain storage might be the best use for them. Also Oviedo is right next to Orlando so I think the OP was talking about the same barrels!

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I made 40 gallons of cider in one last year. It worked great. It was only in it for 3 weeks then went into demijohns.

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I'm actually thinking this would make a pretty decent bottling bucket at the nano scale.

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I used 15 gallon HDPE barrels. They work great. Just make sure they don't have any funky odors.

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For something that big I'd want an open headed drum to make cleaning easier. You would either have to create some kind of spraying/recirculating cleaning system or waste a lot of water & solution to clean them as is with those small openings.

This is what you would be better off with. http://www.bayteccontainers.com/plas...nditioned.html

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