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Old 02-16-2007, 11:17 AM   #1
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Default Cheap Stainless Steel Fermenter

I keep seeing these in various sizes on my hunt for stainless steel containers to fabricate a fermenter.

Its a stainless steel trash can:

http://www.porgot.com/showitemdetail...881029&lang=en

It has a lid, I bet the seals would need to be changed,
but as long as its brand new I dont care that it used to be for garbage.

Anyone have any engineering comments?

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Old 02-16-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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since the lid opens by foot pedal it is just a stainless steel shell - not watertight in my opinion

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Old 02-16-2007, 11:45 AM   #3
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as i said, you might (likely) need to fabricate a seal thats airtight, drop the foot pedal or use it for something else.

but its a 9.5 gallon steel container for less than 100 bucks.

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How about an old sanke keg instead? Way less than $100 and you KNOW it's liquid ready.

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Those bins are not a stainless bucket, they are just an outer wall with a plastic bin.

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Old 02-16-2007, 02:40 PM   #6
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The plastic bin is removable.

I cant find sanke kegs -- where do i go?

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The plastic bin is removable.

I cant find sanke kegs -- where do i go?
Then you're left with just a wall and no bottom.
Sankey kegs are available illegally all over the place. Legally they are harder to find.You don't need Stainless for fermenting.
Plastic or glass is fine and probably used by 90% of homebrewers.

SS is the doggies doodars if you can find a good one. But function is more desirable than using a SS vessel just for the sake of it if it's not up to the job.
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I recall my friend having one of these, i believe it had a solid metal tub structure thats formed around where the foot pedal goes in, like this:

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I bought my sanke from a scrap yard. Do I question the source as being legal? Absolutely. Then again, I drive over the speed limit too. I'm a bad boy.

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why are sanke kegs illegal?

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