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Old 10-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default 10 gallon batch fermentor

So I am thinking about doing a 10 gallon batch. I brew with lme, specialty malts, and hop additions. I assume I could just order 2 of the 5 gallon kits and make both at the same time. I am using a keggle so the 10 gallon volume shouldn't be an issue. My question is, what's the best fermenter to use for the 10 gallon batch? I like glass over plastic, and don't have $$ for a stainless conical fermenter. What's everyone else using?

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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I use a 15.5 sanke keg to ferment in. Get the spear out, clean and sanatize. Then strech a orange carboy cap over the top, plug one and run a blow off from the other. So far works great with no issues.

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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That's a great idea. Need to purchase a sanke keg I suppose. Just out of curiosity, how big of a starter are you running for a 10 gallon batch?

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Another option? Just use two fermenters! Super simple.

And MrMalty is your friend when it comes to figuring out starter sizes. Use that calculator, plug in the age of your yeast packets, your wort volume, OG, and whether you use a stirplate, just plan to shake the starter every time you see it, or plan to leave it to do its thing on its own, and it'll tell you exactly what you need.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:10 PM   #5
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Could always try this: http://www.plastic-mart.com/product/5790/15-gallon-cone-inductor-tank-in0015-19

$75 for an upright conical fermenter is a pretty good deal

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:11 PM   #6
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I just bought one of these, currently doing a 9g batch in it now for a competition.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/14-Gallon-HDPE-Resealable-Plastic-Barrel-Blue-Open-Top-Drum-Clamp-Ring-/230857634719?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D1 11000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26m eid%3D2927785940641678899%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1 006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D230857634719%26

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I use two fermentors since I rarely pitch the same yeast for all 10 gallons.

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+1 on Sanke w/ a #11 stopper.

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+1 on Sanke w/ a #11 stopper.
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I use two fermentors since I rarely pitch the same yeast for all 10 gallons.
To me, one of the most fun parts about making 10 gallon batches is creating subtle (or not so subtle) differences between the batches. I almost will use different yeasts, or different dry-hops, or add honey to one, or something like that. It's fun to see which one you like most (might surprise you) and is an easy thing to do to show other people how beer "works."

...that said, I'm in the middle of building one of the 15 gallon inductor tank fermentors!
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