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Old 10-03-2012, 01:04 AM   #11
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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.
That's great! Did you find any issues with keeping it sealed, or is the keg lube trick pretty solid?
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I used a sanitized garbage bag over the top of my 20 gallon brute can. I was going to go with clamps and caulk, but this worked just as well for just a couple cents.

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Old 10-03-2012, 01:25 AM   #13
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Very interesting idea. Anyone gonna try it?

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:23 PM   #14
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Very interesting idea. Anyone gonna try it?
I'm in for that price. TOTAL: $37.83 with lid including shipping.
I have been looking for something inexpensive. I need to do 15 gallon batches in order to fill a Hoff Stevens keg. I'm going to do some Real Ales in a firkin. This is the last piece of the puzzle. I had my eye on some 25 gallon one piece drums that had bungs, but they turned out to not be food grade; anyway, this might be as good. It sure is a lot better than trying to combine (3) 5 gallon batches.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:31 PM   #15
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That was my thought exactly! I have enough carboys to do the entire batch split into 5 gallons, but I feel that's just nowhere near as desirable. I wouldn't want the pitch rate to be off in one carboy and I sure don't want to do 3 separate starters...

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my LHBS sells the 15.5 gallon casks that bulk extracts come in for $10.. for $15 they give you a bung, airlock, and 5 food grade bag inserts. a garbage can isnt a half bad idea though!

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That's great! Did you find any issues with keeping it sealed, or is the keg lube trick pretty solid?
N/A - this was back in my first brewing incarnation in the late eighties, before people thought that you should seal stuff. I was content just to keep the ants from finding it.
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I use the Brutes for all my wine fermenting. You can get them as small as 10 gallons. The lids snap on tightly (not air tight). I have the wheel cart that attaches to the bottom so it's easy to move, you could also craft a furniture dolly to do the same thing. Pumping is easiest but there are a lot of bulkhead options out there if you go the valve route. I use 2' of Fermwrap and a heating pad attached to my STC-1000 to control ferm temps.

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my LHBS sells the 15.5 gallon casks that bulk extracts come in for $10.. for $15 they give you a bung, airlock, and 5 food grade bag inserts. a garbage can isnt a half bad idea though!
I have used that blue food grade cask straight up. Oxy-cleaned the hell out of it, then sanitized it. Got a 41 on my Cat23 Imperial West Coast Red 10g batch. All I did was cover the bungholes with SaranWrap.
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I use the Brutes for all my wine fermenting. You can get them as small as 10 gallons. The lids snap on tightly (not air tight). I have the wheel cart that attaches to the bottom so it's easy to move, you could also craft a furniture dolly to do the same thing. Pumping is easiest but there are a lot of bulkhead options out there if you go the valve route. I use 2' of Fermwrap and a heating pad attached to my STC-1000 to control ferm temps.
If the lids snap on tight but not air-tight, what do you do?
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