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Old 07-01-2008, 07:23 PM   #1
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I really want to start fermenting in 15.5gal Sanke kegs. But if possible, I don't really want to modify them. I'm going to be doing 10 - 12 gallon boils, but I was wondering if it's possible to top up the water level in the Sanke fermenter to be about 15 gallons. I realize this wouldn't leave a lot of headroom, but maybe with a blow-off you could make it work. I would also imagine you'd have to start with some extra grain to compensate for the added water.

Does anyone do this? Is it even a possibility?

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you would be wasting a lot of grain as you wouldn't be extracting all of the possible sugar out during mashing, it would work fine with extract though.

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Are you trying to use the boil vessel as a fermenter or make 15gal batches? Not quite following you.

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It is easy to do. Look into blending techniques. I am doing this on a beer in my fermenter right now, as well as doing a hop addition with the blending water.

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there's another thread going on as i type about the logistics of 10 and 15 gal cornies. you should look into a conical and just bite the bullet.

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You simply brew a higher gravity beer and cut it. Do not exceed a 1.060 initial beer and don't cut past about 25% of the blending water. Beersmith has a calculator for this.

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I ferment in a 15.5 gallon keg. I harvest yeast and everything. I modified my keg dip tube but I don't think it is mandatory. I love fermenting in mine, even all under pressure. I have info in my signiature links.

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Are you trying to use the boil vessel as a fermenter or make 15gal batches? Not quite following you.
I'm using sanke keggles for my MLT and BK, and I'm trying to make 15gal batches. The question is, can I mash with a little extra grain to start with a higher gravity, and then top it off with more water in the fermenter to reach 15 gal and even out the gravity?

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Look into blending techniques. I am doing this on a beer in my fermenter right now, as well as doing a hop addition with the blending water.
That sounds like exactly what I'm talking about! Do you have any links that I could check out? a quick search came up with nothing.
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Yes, it was in the link in my signature. Here you go. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showpost...6&postcount=41

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Yes, it was in the link in my signature. Here you go. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showpost...6&postcount=41
duuuuuh.....haha..whoops. Thanks man I really appreciate it! This is just what I was looking for.
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