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Old 04-10-2008, 02:36 AM   #1
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Default Contemplating another fermenter...

Trying to decide if we should get another group of carboys, or get a larger fermenter for 10 gallon batches. We are going to start throwing parties this summer to save money for a serious all-grain rig, and need to start making some SERIOUS batches. It's not a big deal for us to get two more 6.5 carboys, but I just thought I'd see what others have to say about the bigger fermenter options out there...

Any feedback is appreciated...

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I'd stick to the 6.5 gal for fermentors only because they are so much lighter to sling around then 10g. I could certainly see brewing 10g batches at a time though.

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Weight is probably the biggest problem, followed by heat. You might want to look into plastic conicals.

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I was going to say the same thing about moving them around. I've seen some conicals on casters, but they are not cheap. I'd get a couple more 6 gallon Better Bottles and stick with those. Better Bottles aren't any more expensive than glass.


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One of my best brewing investments has been my Blichmann 14 gal fermenter. When I got it, I posted on a local brew crew list serve that I needed a fridge. Sure enough, somebody was giving one away... So, I outfitted the fridge with a dual channel temp controller and a fermwrap as a heater... The conical lives in there, so I never have to move it (hence, weight is not a problem).

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how hard is it to convert a half barrel keg into a fermentor?

Anyone got a DIY for that?

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Here's one guy that did it:

http://www.kettlemoraine.com/mikesbeerpage/gadgets.php

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how hard is it to convert a half barrel keg into a fermentor?

Anyone got a DIY for that?
I'm building two of them now. I'm almost done so I could start a thread and post some pictures.
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You can always get one of those from MiniBrew (Link goes to their page). I have the 6.5 gallon one and love it. Very light weight, very easy to clean, easy to get a sample and harvest yeast.
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Here is a shot of a Hoff-Stevens side bung hole keg that has been converted to a fermenter.
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