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Old 06-03-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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How do you manage 10+ gals in a sanke keg? It's gotta be heavy to move for old folks like me.

If you use a fermentation fridge/chamber/keezer do you fill the keg in the fermentation location?

Is the location raised high enough for siphoning after fermentation?

If not how do you transfer to keg or bottles?

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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Check out WWW.brewershardware.com they have a kit that converts a keg nicely. I plan to use co2 to push my beer out of the keg into my corny's.

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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Pump from the kettle to the fermenter, then I carry the 10gal's or so of beer in the Sanke Fermenter to the basement to ferment. I've only done one 10gal batch myself without a pump, it was not fun at all trying to move all that hot liquid up high enough to siphon through my plate chiller!

I'd say get a pump and/or get a brew-buddy, either that or split the batch in to 2 separate fermenters. I'm only 31 and in good shape and had trouble lifting that 10gals up, but getting it down in to the basement from outside wasn't too much of a problem.

And as for bottling, I usually keg 5-8 gallons then bottle the rest. I pick up the fermenter the night before and set it on a stool to let the sediment settle, then use a carboy cap and racking cane to start a siphon in to the keg, then I change over to the bottling bucket when the keg is full.

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Old 06-03-2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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Iv used a rubberised sanke keg to primary all my 10 gallon batches. Stupid thing weighs 70 kilos full and im not a big guy, but i can lift it onto the table i use to siphon. I just had a genius idea though, im going to build a thing on wheels with either a pully or jack system that i can use to raise the keg for siphoning. Pics in a few weeks hehe.

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