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Old 10-18-2013, 12:39 PM   #31
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this is what I will use to seal the 60 gallon HDPE conical:

http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Food-Gra.../dp/B005XP5HO6

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Old 10-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #32
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this is what I will use to seal the 60 gallon HDPE conical: http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Food-Gra.../dp/B005XP5HO6
Can you post some photos when you get it sealed up??
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:19 AM   #33
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Will do. It arrives next Tuesday - it may be a week after that before I get it configured. I haven't decided if I want to craft a liquid out Cornelius keg fitting onto the lid with a liquid dip tube (full length) to pressure rack (at 3psi - light pressure) the new brew in or just put a bulkhead fitting that I can seal onto it and drop a tygon hose in for gravity racking.

BTW the 60 gallon Ace Roto with legs was only $185.00 SHIPPED on www.spraysmarter.com

Sweet deal compared to other sites that wanted $180 PLUS $160 in shipping.

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Old 10-19-2013, 12:46 PM   #34
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Found another detailed Solera blog. Good stuff!

http://riverwards.blogspot.com/2013/...ng-stages.html

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Any details beside the build you posted in the conical thread? I'm interested in this. How much will you be pulling off every year?

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Old 12-07-2013, 02:29 PM   #36
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Can you post some photos when you get it sealed up??
Alright it is all sealed up. I will do some basic pressure tests once the sealant has had ample time to cure (moving liquid in and ensuring the air locks bubble away as that is about as much pressure as the lid will ever have to sustain). The FDA sealant says no VOCs... yeah right - it gives you a good buzz...

I went with twin airlocks just to be safe. I'll have to use blow off tubes during the initial 60 gallon ferment but should only need the 2 airlocks each year when 15 gallons are added. The SS 1/2" valve with QD connects to a 20 inch deep 1/2" ss tube that will allow siphoning or addition of liquid (it reaches 25 gallons down into the product). Any more than 25 gallons can be removed from the bottom.







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Nice! Thanks for the photos. Let us know how the dip tube works. That's a pretty good idea.

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Old 12-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #38
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Nice! Thanks for the photos. Let us know how the dip tube works. That's a pretty good idea.
It worked amazingly well. I pumped 60 gallons of water into the tank from the OTHER side of the garage (about 15ft of 1/2" silicone tubing coming from a March 815 that was 1ft above ground level). The top of the tank is 8ft above ground and the dip tube is about 2ft down into it. The head pressure that pump was working against from gallon 35 (bottom of the dip tube) up to gallon 60 did slow it down a bit but it kept going at a pace that was impressive! Siphoning off will not at all be a problem (breaking the siphon when I disconnected the QD at the top of the tank was quite loud). I can't wait to get the Lambic Solera's first 60 gallons brewed next weekend!!! My biggest fear is the initial fermentation being too vigorous - I plan on using a half of a bottle of anti foam drops and double blow off tubes.
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Wow. I think a whole bottle of antifoam might be overkill.

Good luck on brew day! Sounds like a great project. I'm definitely jealous.

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Old 12-08-2013, 10:28 PM   #40
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True - maybe 2 or 3 droppers full to start. I can easily add more if it gets out of control - not sure how vigorous the Wyeast 3763 is. Added a few pics of the yeast trap below:








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