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Old 01-13-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default Unusual fermentation vessels?

I have a small meat freezer that's not in use right now, and I'd like to start dabbling in pilsners and lagers. I'll be getting a Johnson controller in the mail soon, and I want to dedicate this freezer as a lagering vessel.

It's very strange though: it has two compartments measuring 18x19x12 deep on the top compartment and 18x11x8 deep on the bottom. That doesn't really give me any standard options for fermenting in carboys or jugs. Do any of y'all have any unconventional fermentation vessels that might fit those dimensions?

I think I recall someone using pet food storage containers that have an airtight seal to ferment with, but again I don't know of many that would fit in my set up.

TIA for any help!

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Old 01-13-2014, 09:55 PM   #2
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The pet food containers (vittle vaults) are great for fitting in unusual spaces. Plenty of online resources have their dimensions posted

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Right you are thadass! It looks like the vittlesvault 15 is what I'm looking for. By my rough numbers it should hold a 5 gallon batch.

Would it be worth my trouble to try and build a chamber around the freezer to store standard kegs and or carboys in there or just load up on VV's?

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For the VV, da web sez:
15-lb: Measures 9.75"H x 12"D x 12"W; holds 15+ lbs (4.7 Gallons)

so 4+gallon batch would work (nothing wrong with that!)

As far as expanding out, it might be worthwhile to build something onto it to hold more things at ferm temps. Freezers are pretty good at that.

Could you post a pic of the freezer though? not really getting a good idea of it in my head

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Could you post a pic of the freezer though? not really getting a good idea of it in my head
This is not my exact model, but it is very close to what I have. Bear with me, I've never posted photos before...
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Would it be worth my trouble to try and build a chamber around the freezer to store standard kegs and or carboys in there or just load up on VV's?
Yes. If the picture posted is close to what you have, it wouldn't be too difficult to add a collar to the top. Then you could fit a 6 gallon carboy in each top compartment. A 12" collar ought to do it, that would give you about 24" of headroom.
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Good idea jhoyda. I had completely forgotten about adding collars! That isn't too difficult and there's a plethora of info on here about collering freezers.

If I were to go the Vittles Vault route, how do you add airlocks/blowoff hoses? Do you drill into the screw on cap, or just somewhere in the top surface of the plastic container (close to the cap where liquid/krausen wouldn't clog it up)? If any of y'all use the VV's, can you post a picture of your setup please?

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