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Old 06-28-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default Sanke keg fermenters back from powder coating

A friend of mine who works at the local beer distributor got me some kegs a couple of months back. After collecting dust I decided I needed to do something with them so I decided to build fermenters. I know there are kits for Sankes but I wanted to able to get inside to clean. I cut the tops off like you would for keggles, built rotating racking arms using TC fittings, added legs and then had the outside power coated. I still have to add a ball lock valve to the lids for venting and adding co2 pressure when transferring.









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Old 06-28-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Amazing. Those are beautiful.

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Old 06-28-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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Nice work. I have similar ideas but using a 4" tri clamp weld on fitting with cap on top. Just like the Sabco fermenter. yours look likes its more straight forward. And simple

Again, Nice work

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i'd set those in my living room there so purdy

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Thanks, I like the way they turned out. I got the leg idea from a picture of a Sabco fermenter, The rotating racking arm from Deer Island brewery http://www.deerislandbrewery.com/rot...acking_arm.htm and the top I made up.

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They look really nice. Do you know any of the details on powder(s) they used? That looks rather similar to the "chrome" I used on some motorcycle parts. I quickly realized that it scratches fairly easy without a more durable clear powder layer on top.

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They look really nice. Do you know any of the details on powder(s) they used? That looks rather similar to the "chrome" I used on some motorcycle parts. I quickly realized that it scratches fairly easy without a more durable clear powder layer on top.
Yes it is the color chrome. The guy that did the power coating told me the clear dulls the finish so I didn't have him put the clear over the top. The fermenters just sit in a corner of my brew room and don't come in contact with anything but my hands. So I'm hoping the softer finish is not going to be a problem. I'm planning to clean in place so they wouldn't have to be laid in the sink. Hopefully I'm not going to regret not putting the clear on.
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I use sanke's as well I use domed lids from Faberware 12" skillet they are stainless steel and can handle a o ring from a 5 gal bucket. I then just use a ratcheting strap to hold the lid down. Drip a 7/8 hole for a 1" blow off tube

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I use sanke's as well I use domed lids from Faberware 12" skillet they are stainless steel and can handle a o ring from a 5 gal bucket. I then just use a ratcheting strap to hold the lid down. Drip a 7/8 hole for a 1" blow off tube
I was going to add a ball lock valve to the lid for venting. I was planning on leaving the threaded part on the lid and attach a 1/2 or 5/8 hose and then when it came time to transfer to the cornys I would take the hose off and screw the valve back on and add a little co2 pressure. My question is do you think that is going to be a big enough opening for venting or is it going to get plugged all the time.
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Those kegs look awesome powder coated, and I love the legs (nice work and those welds look professional). I ferment in a Sanke and use the Brewers Hardware setup and it only has 1/2" SS tubing for the blow off and it's plenty big, and I don't see any reason why your suggested setup wouldn't work the same...I've also used a Corny to ferment in before and done exactly what you're suggesting with putting tubing over the threads and I didn't have any issues venting CO2 during active fermentation.

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