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Old 11-20-2012, 09:15 AM   #121
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I've ordered from them before. Turned out ok. The prices were better than niko, but niko has a wider selection. It took a little over a week to arrive, though.

FYI, pellet hops are cheap. Many shops won't sell whole hops due to customs. If they do, the same envelope will only fit half as much or less by weight.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:16 AM   #122
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Hey guys,
Any of you have a line on reasonably priced fermenters? I'm thinking about getting a couple of carboys or better bottles but want to stay away from the bucket types. I have a friend on one of the US bases that sometimes offers to order things from the States for me but was hoping to support some domestic places.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:31 AM   #123
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Hey guys,
Any of you have a line on reasonably priced fermenters? I'm thinking about getting a couple of carboys or better bottles but want to stay away from the bucket types. I have a friend on one of the US bases that sometimes offers to order things from the States for me but was hoping to support some domestic places.
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I was thinking about getting one of these.

http://www.sanplatec.co.jp/product_p...uct_id=SAN2091
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:54 AM   #124
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The Muntons water tanks at AB are free (shipping 550 yen for 3). They work for many applications, not so well for others (like if you want to harvest yeast after ferment).

http://advanced-brewing.com/0_equipment.html#water_tank

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:21 AM   #125
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Thanks guys.

WhoZit, have you used one of those for fermentation? What kind of gasket is used under the cap? Free is always good if it works

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:47 AM   #126
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To be honest, I never thought much about the gasket. It's a food grade container that stored malt extract, so I assumed they were ok. And FYI, I just drilled a hole for the stopper/airlock towards the back of the container rather than the lid. I have 4 fermenting away right now.

Only problem is the headspace if you have a high kraussen. For Apfelwein, I filled it to the top, but for my last pale ale I brewed 36L and split it between two of these-18L each. In the case that I anticipate a high kraussen I just make sure to use a bucket.

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Old 11-22-2012, 01:52 AM   #127
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Interesting. I guess the gasket doesn't matter much if you put the airlock at the back of the container. Is it pretty thin plastic? The reason I ask is because I wonder if it would be possible to put a spigot at the bottom to make a bottling bucket. I'll probably end up ordering a couple of these because I'm sure they'll at least come in handy for keeping some sanitized water for top-ups and such. Thanks for the info!

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Interesting. I guess the gasket doesn't matter much if you put the airlock at the back of the container. Is it pretty thin plastic? The reason I ask is because I wonder if it would be possible to put a spigot at the bottom to make a bottling bucket. I'll probably end up ordering a couple of these because I'm sure they'll at least come in handy for keeping some sanitized water for top-ups and such. Thanks for the info!
Actually they're pretty thick. And I think putting a spigot on it would be a PITA. Of course, these days I rarely even use my spigots, even if there is already one on my buckets.

My original reasoning for drilling the hole in the back was because some of them have a very tiny hole already there. I think AB used to punch a hole there to help with draining the extract. The last batch I got had no holes, though.

Once I get my order of grain, I'm hoping these might be good for storing malt. Might be a bit of a pain to get the malt in there, but they'll probably be an easy and cheap way to store and dispense it. Large tupperware-type containers can be much more expensive here. Although my main concern was keeping pests out (and/or in). If it fails, hey, extra vessels for fermenting.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:35 AM   #129
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I have made myself a wort chiller!
about 2500 yen for a 10 metre long copper pipe, although I had to choose a smaller diameter to fit my budget. I also got myself 10 metres of silicon tubing to fit the pipe for about 2000 yen.
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Looking good! I'm waiting for some stuff to arrive by takkyubin. As soon as it gets here I'm off to enjoy the start of the long weekend!

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