Originally Posted by cadarnell
so you are just racking straight to the primary bucket? .. how's that working? ... most seem to be using the HDPE water containers and squishing out all the air ... is the air in the bucket a problem for you? .. nice racking cane build .. and great pics !!!
I rack straight to a 7 gallon plastic fermenter. I haven't seen them for sale anywhere, and the guy I bought them from had a bunch of stuff from overseas, so they might've come from across the pond. I really like them - they're about square: their height about equals their diameter. The same sale gave me some of the cubes that others are using. I just rack to the primary - it sanitizes it and keeps me from racking it again.
As for how it's working.... I brewed a few batches so far and didn't notice any off-flavors. I have an air pump for aeration. In batches where we want high esters (today's was a Belgian Blond), I won't aerate at all. I do make starters though.
I use a 1-piece airlock and fill with vodka. As the air above the wort cools, any air sucked in has to pass through the vodka. The air space above the wort has been pseudo-sterilized by the steam of the boiling wort. So far, no problems.
Pics were from my camera phone. I thought - hey I'm building something, take pictures. Then I thought, "I have pictures, why not post them" and here we are.