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Old 04-08-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Keg Converted to Fermenter

Has anyone successfully converted a half barrel keg into a fermentation vessel?

The rounded bottoms on those kegs seem like they would be perfect for putting a stainless steel valve on the bottom. And once the top has been removed I wouldn't see it too hard to convert that to a blow-off tube/airlock setup.

Let me know if I'm way off track

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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I ferment in a 1/2 barrel sanke. I didn't modify it much though, I just cut 3/4" off of the stem. I push the wort in from my chiller through the beer line (backflow check removed) and use the gas side (again, backflow check removed) as a blowoff. When the beer is ready, I crash cool it for a few days then just pump the beer out as usual, from the sanke to my cornies... way easier and less chance of contamination...

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:23 PM   #3
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Hey Clamper,

Any comments on how you clean the sanke between fermentations? Seems like that is the main reason that most people dont ferment in these things.

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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Hey Clamper,

Any comments on how you clean the sanke between fermentations? Seems like that is the main reason that most people dont ferment in these things.
Most people cut a larger hole in the top to allow easier access for cleaning.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:18 PM   #5
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24-hour soak in Oxyclean, a good rinse and then boil 1 gal for 5 minutes to sanitize....

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I also build a copper carboy cleaner that was featured in BYO, it works great for the sanke.

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Old 04-09-2009, 02:40 AM   #7
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I use kegs for fermenters. I clean with Oxyclean and sanitize by boiling with water. I transfer by pushing with CO2. Works good





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Old 04-09-2009, 02:46 AM   #8
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I just saw one for sale @ Steinbarts in Portland.. 3 legs welded on, a corny lid welded on top and on the bottom they had a clear waterfilter housing welded in for trub dump. Did not look all that smart of a set up as far as the filter on the bottom as the bottom of the keg does not have the required angle to flow the trub/break into the cylinder.

Overpriced as well (don't remember $$), all the equipment they have is marked up at least 50% more than most online stores.

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Old 04-09-2009, 03:08 AM   #9
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yeah - they are a bit pricey for equipment. I buy grain from there on occasion though as they have a great selection.

As far as the fermenter goes, I just got an empty a week ago. My plan is to go stock, stem removed, orange carboy cap with racking cane and push with CO2. I'd rather start with zero mods and make them if I need them.

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What would the benefits be of a converted keg for a fermenter oppose to per say a airtight plastic barrel/bucket ?

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