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Old 12-07-2008, 10:56 PM   #1
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Default Corny Keg Fermenter?

I think my affair with plastic is on the rocks. As much as I love the ease of cleaning I feel I can improve my brewing by switching to another type of vessel.

I'm curious about using cornie kegs to ferment in. I don't like the limitation on volume- 4 gallons is probably max and the tall narrow cylindrical shape might have a negative effect on some yeast strains. But I consider it a viable option.

Any advice, experience and methods to utilize cornie kegs as fermenters?

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Old 12-07-2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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Just wondering, how do you feel that your brewing can improve?



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Old 12-07-2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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Mainly in the area of sanitation.

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Old 12-08-2008, 12:41 AM   #4
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Have you had any infected batches?

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Old 12-08-2008, 02:45 AM   #5
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I ferment in corny- 5 gallon batches, with use of blow off tube. No light pollution, easy to sanitize, already have the equipment, fairly easy to maintain temps, easy to rack over to secondary/serving keg without concern for sanitation, etc.

I put Sure Screens (sold on Northern brewer for 7.99) on the dip tubes to help filter out excess hoppage and such. Works for me.

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Old 12-08-2008, 03:06 AM   #6
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find the rare 10 gallon corny..they are out there..i am still kicking myself for not buying one i saw a few weeks ago for 30 bucks!

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Old 12-08-2008, 07:48 AM   #7
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find the rare 10 gallon corny..they are out there..i am still kicking myself for not buying one i saw a few weeks ago for 30 bucks!
Can I help?

The head space is some what of an issue when fermenting... hence the blow off tube.

$30!?!?
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You guys will probably hate me but I found a 10 gallon corny at a garage sale for $10, yes $10! I've been thinking about brewing up a few 8 gallon batches and fermenting in the 10 gallon corny but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

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Old 12-08-2008, 04:49 PM   #9
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You guys will probably hate me but I found a 10 gallon corny at a garage sale for $10, yes $10! I've been thinking about brewing up a few 8 gallon batches and fermenting in the 10 gallon corny but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
Sounds like a great find and an excellent idea for putting it to use. Congratulations.
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I use corneys as secondaries/clearing tanks. They work great and you can move everything in and out with CO2. Great for dry hopping and adding flavorings to secondary. There isn't much to know, other than if you're going to use it as a primary, make sure you've got a good plan for the blow-off tube. I wouldn't bother cutting the dip tube or anything. A screen can probably solve most of your hop particle problems and if you think of the first pint or more as part of your yeast harvesting you won't mind the trub so much.



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