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Old 07-17-2009, 05:49 PM   #21
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way to go Derrin 'll be buying a couple when the link is live

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Old 07-17-2009, 05:56 PM   #22
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How easy would it be to harvest yeast with this setup? Transfer under pressure?

I already have 1/2bbl for fermenting but this opens up a whole other realm of possibilities.
This concept is perfect for yeast harvesting. Once you have racked your beer you drop the arm to minimal clearance and blow them yeasties right out the tube into your vessel for storage and into the mixing bowl for pretzels....
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How easy would it be to harvest yeast with this setup? Transfer under pressure?

I already have 1/2bbl for fermenting but this opens up a whole other realm of possibilities.
The link is live now, or should be.

The idea behind the adjustable arm is for just that, sediment free transfers and yeast harvesting.

I toiled long and hard over adding a gas port. But then I'd have to add a pressure relief valve and I'm afraid of the liability. You could, however, remove the blow-off tube after fermentation, attach a CO2 hose and use a couple psi to transfer your beer, but again, this unit does not have any sort of pressure relief and therefore I can't recommend you pressurize the vessel.

For racking, you'd start your transfer and then drop the arm down until it just picks up sediment and back off. After a nice sediment free transfer is made, you can swirl up the fermenter, drop the arm to the bottom and transfer out your yeast.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:17 PM   #24
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I just saw your site from your link in another thread.. and I love the idea! I bookmarked it, but won't be going this route until I go AG (still getting kegs for that portion). This would be awesome for doing large batches =)

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I am still a noobie, so I have a few dumb questions:
1-Does this just fit on the top of a sanke keg w/o any modifications?
2-How do you clean the commercial beer out and how do you clean it after fermentation?
3-What would be the capabilities of this fermenter (volume)?
4-If I don't have a temperature probe and don't plan on monitoring my fermentation temp that closely, would I really need the thermometer port?

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Old 07-17-2009, 07:38 PM   #26
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I am still a noobie, so I have a few dumb questions:
1-Does this just fit on the top of a sanke keg w/o any modifications?
2-How do you clean the commercial beer out and how do you clean it after fermentation?
3-What would be the capabilities of this fermenter (volume)?
4-If I don't have a temperature probe and don't plan on monitoring my fermentation temp that closely, would I really need the thermometer port?

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1. No mods made to keg. Just remove the Spear and this drops in its place

2. Plenty of threads on this just search "convert keg"

3. The keg is 15.5 gallons so 10 to 13 is a good #

4. no. But its nice
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:33 PM   #27
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just put my order in

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Question for you all:

It's been suggested that the blow-off port should be straight to make it easier to add an airlock for extended secondaries. I was thinking about making a modification of just cutting the bloe off tub and including a short piece of 3/8" tubing to connect it together. So you would be able to drop a bubbler on it or attach the included SS sweep to hook up a blow off tube....

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sounds like a good idea.

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This is such a great solution for those looking for stainless steel fermenters. It would be easy to install a valve on the bottom of the keg to drain off some yeast. If you Tig Weld some legs onto the Keggle you have a beautiful non-conical fermenter for half the price of a Conical Fermenter similar to this:

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