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Old 03-09-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Stainless Stackable presurizable fermenters

I want get as much density as possible for my fermentation chamber. I was wondering if anyone has found stainless cans that can be pressurized so that I can forgo the airlock and stack them on top of each other.

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Old 03-09-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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You might consider stainless steel drums. I'd vent 'em.

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Old 03-09-2011, 08:06 PM   #3
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What kind of fermentation chamber are we talking about? Chest freezer? Upright freezer? SOFC?

Have you ruled out corny kegs? They're (usually) only 5 gals, so using them for primaries on 5-gal batches might get hairy... But, they're (relatively) cheap, and could likely stack pretty well, assuming you get the type with rubber handles on top, not the single-handle all-stainless versions.

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Old 03-09-2011, 08:21 PM   #4
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Default Keg Spacers or Keg Stackers - both work well

It would be helpful to know the dimensions of your fermentation chamber. Half-Barrel Sankes stack nicely with this .

Good luck!

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I haven't built this chamber yet. It'll be for ales and cooled with a portable air conditioner that I already have. It cools to a nice 65 degrees. I'd like to keep the primary fermenters at 6-7 gallons. I''d use cornys but they are too small. Those drums would bw nice but would blow my budget.

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Old 03-09-2011, 08:42 PM   #6
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What's wrong with Ale Pails? They stack, they are 6-8 gal, you could even put a blow off tube near the edge of the top rim...

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Quarter-barrel Sankes are 7.75 gallons, and will likely stack well with the barproducts.com keg stackers or spacers. Those spacers would even allow for an airlock...

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Old 03-09-2011, 11:19 PM   #8
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Kegs stack pretty easily even without the keg stacker/ spacer thing. Especially if they are full. I would use 1/4 barrel kegs with no spear and a orange carboy caps hose clamped on top. With the carboy cap you could have them vented and still stack them without a spacer. Then just run all off the blowoff tubes to one jug of water or sanitizer.

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+1 to kegs....and I'd just keep the spear in...it'll help you remove the sediment and/or harvest yeast.

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Check out wortmonger's thread on pressurized fermenting in Corny kegs.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/clos...44/#post435691

You might also want to check out the Wiki on options for using a Sanke...
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Spunding

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