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Old 02-03-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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Does anyone know of a good (preferably inexpensive) container that we could use to fermenter ten gallon batches.

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:20 AM   #2
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I think many people use two ale pails or carboys. I know it's not one fermenter, but it's manageable if you need to move them, and a 12 to 15 gallon (keep in mind you'll need head room for the fermentaion) fermenters are expensive compared to a couple buckets. I've seen some on ebay for a couple hundred.

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Does anyone know of a good (preferably inexpensive) container that we could use to fermenter ten gallon batches.
I use a sanke keg as a fermenter. I also have a 20 gallon, Rubbermaid brute garbage can that is food grade. I paid $20 for the garbage can. I put a garbage bag over the top like a big airlock.
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I use a sanke keg as a fermenter. I also have a 20 gallon, Rubbermaid brute garbage can that is food grade. I paid $20 for the garbage can. I put a garbage bag over the top like a big airlock.
How did you rig up the sanke to ferment?
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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How did you rig up the sanke to ferment?
I just jammed a stopper and airlock in it. I also put about a gallon of water in it and boiled for 20 mins to sanitize before putting wort in to it.
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For teh sanke you can also take an orange carboyboy cap and dunk it into boiling water for minute or two and it will stretch over the top. Also you may want to check out "Completely Closed Pressurized Fermentation".

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Here's another solution...

http://www.petco.com/product/5867/Ga...Search#MYPETCO

Just drill a hole in the top for a stopper and airlock. Holds about 16 gallons total if I remember correcly.

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Make sure wherever you put the fermenter you can siphon out of it in place to keg or bottle. 10 gallons will weigh somewhere around 83 lbs. You don't want to have to move that around after it's in place.

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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Here's another solution...

http://www.petco.com/product/5867/Ga...Search#MYPETCO

Just drill a hole in the top for a stopper and airlock. Holds about 16 gallons total if I remember correcly.
This looks like a good choice here, is this the unit you use? And if so any problems while using it?
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This looks like a good choice here, is this the unit you use? And if so any problems while using it?
Haven't used them personally. I know lots of people on this forum have though. Just do a search for "Vittles Vault" and I'm sure you'll find plenty of feedback. I was going to order a few but then the LHBS I work at starting carrying bulk malt extract which comes in 14 gallon plastic drums that make perfect fermentors for 10 gallon batches...
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