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Old 02-20-2009, 02:49 AM   #11
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If the plastic is HDPE like I think, you will have a problem with oxygen permeating through the walls. I would get the beer out of there as soon as primary is over so you don't get any oxidation. Active fermentation will probably scrub out any oxygen that gets through, but once it's over, you risk staling of your new beer,

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Old 02-20-2009, 03:02 AM   #12
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NO WAY! The hollow opaque "handle" would fill with impossible to clean crud.

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Old 02-20-2009, 03:17 AM   #13
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I have 2 of those and am toying with using one or both as gravity kegs for "real ale."
It's an idea anyway.

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Old 02-20-2009, 03:23 AM   #14
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Never used anything but a glass carboy for primary and after too many batches, would never use anything but a 6.5g glass. Cost diff for glass vs. this square is not worth it to me. Course the first time I get stitches (and I've popped a couple), I'm converting to the 6.5 Better Bottle. Good luck, guys.

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Old 02-20-2009, 03:45 AM   #15
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Rounded corners, over 8" hole for easy access, anti-trub spigot hole. Dried Krausen easy to get off with a wet paper towel soaked in hot water and high quality poly-whatever plastic. I was SO impressed I bought a 2nd kit JUST for the fermenter. YMMV!
30L capacity (~7.925 Gal.)
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Primary 1: Empty
Primary 2: Coopers Australian Pale Ale
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Bottled: AHS Blue Moon Belgian White
On Deck: "Cascading Coopers Pale Ale"
& All-In! Winner's Choice Pale Ale.
2009 Total gallons = 53

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Old 02-20-2009, 04:02 AM   #16
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Rounded corners, over 8" hole for easy access, anti-trub spigot hole. Dried Krausen easy to get off with a wet paper towel soaked in hot water and high quality poly-whatever plastic. I was SO impressed I bought a 2nd kit JUST for the fermenter. YMMV!
30L capacity (~7.925 Gal.)
Now thats the ticket. I really like the handles and the wide mouth. Where can I get one of these?
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:16 AM   #17
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Well, *I* could only find them as the "Coopers Beer Kit" for like $99.
Includes Fermenter, long plastic spoon, hydrometer, fermometer, lid, 3-piece airlock, (30) 24oz./750ml. PET bottles, Coopers Lager, Brewing Sugar, Carb. Tabs, springless battling wand (fits in spigot).... here... this is where I bought it.. read for yourself

clicky! (there's a pic of it there as well)

I figure it ran me about $25 for the 1st one (after figuring what the 'usable' stuff would have cost me and minus the beer kit) and the second fermenter cost me more but I like having a spare hydrometer, spoon, etc.!

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Primary 1: Empty
Primary 2: Coopers Australian Pale Ale
Secondary Keg (room temp.):
Kegged:
Bottled: AHS Blue Moon Belgian White
On Deck: "Cascading Coopers Pale Ale"
& All-In! Winner's Choice Pale Ale.
2009 Total gallons = 53

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Old 02-20-2009, 04:29 AM   #18
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I really like the handles and the wide mouth. Where can I get one of these?
Found them on iBrew (Australia): fermenters
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:58 AM   #19
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Awesome! $40 is a great price! (Hmm, wonder what the shipping costs are from Australia right now? ).
I don't see a spigot/o-ring/anti-trub inlet? /shrug Unless you are bottling, a spigot is your weak link as far as sanitation, right?

Personally I like the bottling wand. I haven't tried the spring-loaded variety (yet) but I will be making occasional 5.5-6 gallon batches and my plan is to bottle a gallon or so and keg condition around 5 gallons and just rotate those into my keezer and the bottled will travel or to be submitted or sent to friends for 'remote tasting' or for comparative testing purposes at home. .
YMMV!

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Primary 2: Coopers Australian Pale Ale
Secondary Keg (room temp.):
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Bottled: AHS Blue Moon Belgian White
On Deck: "Cascading Coopers Pale Ale"
& All-In! Winner's Choice Pale Ale.
2009 Total gallons = 53
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:29 AM   #20
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I'll stick with my 8 gallon buckets...

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