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Old 11-06-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default 4" triclover fermenter

I have an old keg I have been fermenting in. The last batch I made got infected and I think it's due to not being able to clean the inside effectively. I would like to get a 4" tri clamp ferrule and have it welded to the top of the keg. This will make it much easier to clean. Since beer won't really be in direct contact with the welded ferrule, would this need to be sanitary? I'm not sure if there is anywhere around here that does sanitary welding. I do know some people that can weld stainless.

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:24 PM   #2
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Any weld on a fermenter needs to be sanitary, or you are asking for problems.

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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Why not just cut a port in the top for a corney lid? no welds to worry about, plus it's a bigger opening.

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Old 11-06-2011, 06:41 PM   #4
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Why not just cut a port in the top for a corney lid? no welds to worry about, plus it's a bigger opening.

How well does the lid seal? Did you make a jig of some sort to cut the hole?
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This one isn't mine, but it should seal just as well as on a corny. I am probably going to cut mine out with a plasma cutter and then dress the cut with a grinder, but you could easily cut it with a die grinder & cut off wheel(s). To mark the cut I will just flip a lid upside down & mark directly on the sanke keg with a Sharpe. I am planning to add a gas in post to my lid so that it can be pressure sealed with CO2, and then I can also use a gas fitting hooked to a length of hose in place of an air lock.

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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I noticed in the picture that the kegis upside down. If a person were to figue out a way to attach a valve to the tap port on top, and I'm sure someone already has, then that would eliminate needing to put another hole on the keg.

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I ferment in sankes all the time. I sanitize with heat (boil about 2 gallons with foil covering the original hole). I let it steam for about 10-15 minutes then roll the boiled water around inside and tip over to drain. No need for a bigger hole, no infections. After fermenting, I fill it up with water and oxy-clean let soak for a day or so, then dump.

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #8
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Here is what Swagman came up with




Works very well plus it has a 2inch dump in the bottom. Top gasket seal well.

Here is the second one with different ideal on top clamps



This shot of the racking cane I had made later.



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Woodie,
Is that top the same one that you cut out of that keg? If so, how did you make it over lap the edge of the hole you cut?

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Woodie,
Is that top the same one that you cut out of that keg? If so, how did you make it over lap the edge of the hole you cut?
Swagman cut a 10 inch hole in the keg and used a top cut from another keg that about 12 inch

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