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BudzAndSudz 10-01-2012 12:18 AM

$18.99 for a 20 gallon fermenter?
NSF certified food storage grade trash can? I feel like there's something here that makes this deal too good to be true, but it would sure be awesome.



evrose 10-01-2012 12:21 AM

I think that's a lot of beer. But, yeah, no reason why it wouldn't work.

sagnew440 10-01-2012 12:41 AM

There was a write up in byo a few years ago using a rubbermaid brute. All you nee to do is put a grommet in the lid, then put a thin bead of keg lube on the rim of the can, and use some spring clamps to secure the lid down.

BudzAndSudz 10-02-2012 03:21 PM

The biggest issue I'm seeing right now is siphoning the beer off. I sure won't be able to lift this thing when it's full, and I'm not sure if I have anywhere in my house where a 20 gallon trash can with 15 gallons of beer could sit safely.

duckmanco 10-02-2012 07:17 PM

I'm betting (guessing) that a ball valve or valve of some kind a few inches north of the bottom (to leave yeast cake behind) would work quite well as a drain for the finished beer.

Kind of like the Williams brewing Siphonless bucket fermenters. You could damn near start a nano brewery with those if you had a decent cold room for ferment temp control.

BudzAndSudz 10-02-2012 07:22 PM

But it still can't be sitting on the floor if you're going to be using that drain......

tmm0f5 10-02-2012 09:49 PM


Originally Posted by BudzAndSudz (Post 4463563)
But it still can't be sitting on the floor if you're going to be using that drain......

Sure you could with a sanitized March pump and tubing.

tre9er 10-02-2012 09:52 PM

15g of beer is 120lbs or so. If you have a counter-top or table that you can stand on, it'll hold that much weight in beer, yeah? I'd put a speidel valve in the bottom about 2" up, then shim the front so the cake settles in the rear, away from the valve. You can secondary, rack, everything from that one vessel.

ReverseApacheMaster 10-02-2012 09:58 PM

You could easily build a stand that will support the weight of 15-18 gallons of beer.

normzone 10-02-2012 10:29 PM

Too funny, I just gave away a 35 gallon version of this on Craigslist. Also, down at my community garden there's a trashcan that started out life as a 35 gallon fermenter with the valve as you described. It looks as though it saw a LOT of batches before it got repurposed to an outdoor lifestyle.

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