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hayabusa 02-18-2009 03:25 PM

kick-a$$ fermenter
 
no reason why it needs to be a round carboy.

This is recycle-code 2; easy to clean, no major areas to harbor bugs and super easy to sanitze. The cap has a spigot hole that fits a airlock perfectly and the spigot fits a hose when it comes time to transfer; just attach and begin to tip the whole unit.

EdWort's recipie is breaking the cherry on mine. 7-gal capacity and BPA free

http://www.doumaniweb.com/7gal.jpg

Chello 02-18-2009 03:26 PM

How much are they and where do you get them?

JMSetzler 02-18-2009 03:28 PM

Someone else posted something like this recently but I don't remember where it is located now. The 'easy to clean' part was part of that discussion. To me, it doesn't look particularly easy to clean. The shape of that top surface might actually make it difficult to get in there with a brush and clean. I'll be curious to see how it goes... please update when possible :)

GilaMinumBeer 02-18-2009 03:30 PM

Yeah. Put a BIG RIS in that thing, wait for the Kreusen to find every nook and then tell us how easy it was to get the crud outta the handle.

hayabusa 02-18-2009 03:32 PM

its 7-gal capacity and it's a square - the krausen will not likely reach the handle and even if it does some warm water and oxy-clean or starsan, capping it up and shaking it works wonders. I turned 1-gallon of starsan into 7 gallons of foam; draining it was easy too - just leave the vent cap tight, tip upside down and give it a squeeze, shake and repeat - almost all the foam evac'd the unit.

hayabusa 02-18-2009 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer (Post 1141904)
Yeah. Put a BIG RIS in that thing, wait for the Kreusen to find every nook and then tell us how easy it was to get the crud outta the handle.

probably not for a big ris - that doesn't discount its greatness for other beers and wines.

Papinquack 02-18-2009 03:41 PM

I'd be a little paranoid using that as a primary. The handle narrows and krausen could get lodged in any nooks and crannies hidden in there and become a potental breeder of nasties. I also dont like that you wont be able to see the tip of your auto siphon so you increase the chances that you'll suck spent hops and krausen into your secondary.If your comfortable with it and confident you can keep it sanitized properly go for it! I wouldn't use it.

hayabusa 02-18-2009 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Papinquack (Post 1141937)
I'd be a little paranoid using that as a primary. The handle narrows and krausen could get lodged in any nooks and crannies hidden in there and become a potental breeder of nasties. I also dont like that you wont be able to see the tip of your auto siphon so you increase the chances that you'll suck spent hops and krausen into your secondary.If your comfortable with it and confident you can keep it sanitized properly go for it! I wouldn't use it.

no need to siphon - has a built in spigot that you can attach hose and roll forward.

Revvy 02-18-2009 04:10 PM

I know there's a couple people on here who ferment in the smaller (narrower) ones and if you look in the latest byo in the JOHN PALMER article you will see the Aussies use one similar to the narrow ones..

This 7 gallon is intriguing, but I will add some caution about the ability to clear all the krauzen from the gaps. I often use a 3 gallon Better bottle, which is square as well, but it is clear...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/krausen5.jpg

Krauzen does get caught in the squarish shoulders of it, and unfortunately my jet carboy/washer cleaner even has a difficult time hitting it...BUT oxyclean, water and vigourous shaking and rinsing does free the junk...

But I can see it....

I'm not gonna dissuade you from using it...I love innovation, and you are not the first on here to ferment in them, and now you got me wondering about larger sizes....

What I would do though is get an illuminated dental mirror...

http://makezine.com/images/tools/oralcare.jpg

AND a flexible LED light

http://products.isc365.com/AVCat/ima...light_wand.jpg

and use them both after you clean in out to make SURE you get every piece of biomatter out of it.....Even sticking the flex light into that back drain and use the mirror in the bigger mouth.

If you are a sloppy/lazy brewer I wouldn't recommend using one of those aqutainers.....but if you have a bit of anality about it and use a flex light and mirror, and methodically look, and rinse and look again, you should be fine...

You may even wanna make a bendy cleaning tool, like cut up a sponge (not a rough scrubby but a natural sponge) and mount it on something that you can stick in to use to clean out any corners...

Have fun and keep us posted at cleanup....

:mug:

airmek 02-20-2009 02:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Revvy (Post 1142017)
I know there's a couple people on here who ferment in the smaller (narrower) ones and if you look in the latest byo in the JOHN PALMER article you will see the Aussies use one similar to the narrow ones..

This 7 gallon is intriguing, but I will add some caution about the ability to clear all the krauzen from the gaps. I often use a 3 gallon Better bottle, which is square as well, but it is clear...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/krausen5.jpg

Krauzen does get caught in the squarish shoulders of it, and unfortunately my jet carboy/washer cleaner even has a difficult time hitting it...BUT oxyclean, water and vigourous shaking and rinsing does free the junk...

But I can see it....

I'm not gonna dissuade you from using it...I love innovation, and you are not the first on here to ferment in them, and now you got me wondering about larger sizes....

What I would do though is get an illuminated dental mirror...

http://makezine.com/images/tools/oralcare.jpg

AND a flexible LED light

http://products.isc365.com/AVCat/ima...light_wand.jpg

and use them both after you clean in out to make SURE you get every piece of biomatter out of it.....Even sticking the flex light into that back drain and use the mirror in the bigger mouth.

If you are a sloppy/lazy brewer I wouldn't recommend using one of those aqutainers.....but if you have a bit of anality about it and use a flex light and mirror, and methodically look, and rinse and look again, you should be fine...

You may even wanna make a bendy cleaning tool, like cut up a sponge (not a rough scrubby but a natural sponge) and mount it on something that you can stick in to use to clean out any corners...

Have fun and keep us posted at cleanup....

:mug:

Got ya covered on the mirror and flex light...........check this out:
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