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Old 07-13-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default Primary fermentation in corny keg

I was at one of my local brew club's member's houses yesterday and discovered using corny kegs as primary fermenters. I've been holding off brewing for a couple of weeks b/c my fermentation chamber is full (only holds 3 buckets / carboys).

This guy's cold storage can hold 18 corny kegs (upright freezer + refrigerator) and all of them are being used as primaries or for lagering. My fridge will hold 6 cornies. Back to brewing!!! Great use for cornies that won't hold pressure or just currently unused ones.

I had thought about using cornies as secondaries, but I don't secondary much. Never crossed my mind to primary in them.

Anyways, just wanted to share.

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There are a few related links. If done right it can be successful. I'm personally not big on the idea as you will have to adjust batch sizes to account for blow-off.

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Are you just pulling the dip tubes, leaving the one post off and putting and air lock in?

Or removing the pressure release valve? Are you using a foam supressant? or just blowing off excess?

I have been considering for the same reasons as you... space in my fermentation chiller.

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Are you just pulling the dip tubes, leaving the one post off and putting and air lock in?

Or removing the pressure release valve? Are you using a foam supressant? or just blowing off excess?

I have been considering for the same reasons as you... space in my fermentation chiller.
One of the more recent articles of BYO (or maybe Zymurgy) has a write-up. There are also a few detailed threads here I think.
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Are you just pulling the dip tubes, leaving the one post off and putting and air lock in?

Or removing the pressure release valve? Are you using a foam supressant? or just blowing off excess?

I have been considering for the same reasons as you... space in my fermentation chiller.

After reading some of the other threads, I think a foam suppresant is a good idea, but I don't have any now. I did pull the out dip tube and pressure release valve, and have a hose that fits in the pressure hole. However, since this batch was up to the brim of the keg, and I don't have any foam suppresant, I went ahead and kegged a batch, racked one of my primaries to a corny, and freed up the space in the chamber for this batch.

I'm going to try out the primary corny for my next batch.
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I plan to do it for lager which should be easier since the slower, less active fermentation.

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Are there any good how to's out there for using corny kegs to primary ferment and then transfer to a serving keg (which is also a Corny)?

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Yeah, AHA has a video on it on their website

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i've done it a few times but, really it's not that practical unless you have cornies to dedicate to it. sankes work a lot better.

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10 or 15 gallon Cornies do a great job with fermenting. 5'ers were a pain because of size constraints as I usually do 6 gallons into the fermenter. Cornies are easier to clean over Sankes for me as I can see into them better and actually scrub inside if needed.

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