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Old 06-13-2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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Okay I'm making an open topped fermenter for more authentic English ales. I cannot be talked out if it as many shiver with dread of infection. I'll be copying the design of an article I read in BYO a while back basically just a wooden box lined with tile and sealed with food safe silicone sealant. The article recommends aquarium sealant but I have this is it safe? Hopefully its legible but it looks like it is. I know someone far smarter than me can tell me if it will kill me or worse make the beer bad. Thank you in advance for your help. imageuploadedbyhome-brew1402703928.209986.jpg


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Old 06-14-2014, 12:07 AM   #2
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Specifications talks about food contact.


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Unless it actually says it is safe for food contact it probably isn't.

The "100% antimicrobial formula" statement begs one to question what chemical(s) are being used to kill the bugs?

Why not just use an open top food safe plastic drum or bucket?

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Guess I spoke too soon.

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From what little I understand an open topped bucket wouldn't make much difference as the airlock gives little resistance anyway I just want to try a shallow fermentation and see what effect it has on ester production. Plus I want to give top cropping the yeast a go


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Old 06-14-2014, 01:03 AM   #6
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Have you tried to find a shallow SS or plastic pan? Wood and tile sounds like too much work.

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Mostly because I have some scrap wood and tile is cheap so the cost would be minimum and I think it would be closer to an English traditional slate fermenter and I like diy stuff so figured it'd be a cool project also have a tile saw and such


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Anti-microbial is bad stuff! Mildewcides are toxic I believe.

The label say "incidental" food contact.

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Yeah may have to take the previous advice and start out in plastic. Found this at the store just have to check if it's food safe plastic. If that works then I'll move on to original plan. Does anyone know if all aquarium sealant food safe?
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Not to try to thread jack or question your decision, just generally curious as I'm pretty new to this... What benefits to you hope to gain with an open fermenter?

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