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Old 02-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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We currently brew in 10gal all grain batches using a keggle. Our problem is fermentation space. We have been using 2 buckets for primary. We have a fermentation refrigerator that we use for temperature control. Ideally we would like to be able to store 20gal in said frig. If anyone has come across a vessel for fermenting 10gal batches let me know.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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Use Sanke kegs! 15 gal of fermenting space (if you use a blow off). I can't say enough good things about them. The only bad thing of course is that they are extremely heavy when full but you would have that problem with any large fermenter.

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Old 02-11-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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60 litre blue HDPE barrels are very cheap. I've had mine a couple of years. The handles are starting to rip off on one of them from moving it around with liquid in so I use it for storing grain. I'm switching to Sanke's now.

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Any large stainless stock pot would make a great open fermenter. I use a 36 quart for my 5 gallon all-grain batches and have never "krausened" over the lip.... so I'd think a 80 quart would easily do 10 gallons.

Remember that you don't need heavy-duty for this task since you're not worried about scorching your wort with a thin-walled kettle... so any large, cheap vessel will do.

So a Sanke would be great as well, but it's much heavier and you'll have to cut the lid off and then borrow a lid from something else anyway.

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Any large stainless stock pot would make a great open fermenter. I use a 36 quart for my 5 gallon all-grain batches and have never "krausened" over the lip.... so I'd think a 80 quart would easily do 10 gallons.

Remember that you don't need heavy-duty for this task since you're not worried about scorching your wort with a thin-walled kettle... so any large, cheap vessel will do.

So a Sanke would be great as well, but it's much heavier and you'll have to cut the lid off and then borrow a lid from something else anyway.
Actually all you have to do is take the spear out. A #10 drilled stopper fits perfectly. I just treat them like giant carboys......
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #6
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I've used demi johns which are often used for wine. They're larger than 10 gallons. However, going to sanke kegs is a great option.

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Old 02-12-2013, 06:35 PM   #7
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demi johns would be a good option if you can find them reasonably enough. They're short & squatish and approximately 15gal which would leave enough head space to primary ferment 10-11g batches no problem.

Of course if you want to go full bling, conical fermenters are another option with many vendors offering different sizes that will fit in a stand up fridge/freezer.

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I used to have a 54 litre Italian carboy. It was one of a pair, a friend bought the other one. Within days we had both broken them. I was lucky that mine broke while I was washing it out. His flooded sticky beer all over his workshop.

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I am also looking for an inexpensive fermenting option for 10 gallon batches. I will still use my 6.5 gallon buckets for 5 gallon batches but I constantly keep the session beers on tap and I make them in the 10 gallon batches.

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