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Old 09-21-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Question about sanke keg fermenting

I know there are a thousand threads out there on this but I didn't find what I was looking for in about 15 minutes of searching.

I have an extra sanke 15.5g keg sitting around and I do ten gallon batches with my friend. I am planning on making the keg an extra primary fermenter. I typically secondary all my beers so I will just be going from the keg to two 5 gallons secondaries. So is there a point to doing all the fancy stuff with the conversion kits and such? Is there anything wrong with just throwing a stopper or carboy cap on there and then siphoning to the secondaries? What parts are needed to connect to a carboy cap to pressure push the beer into the secondaries incase it becomes to heavy to lift to siphon. Also, what size stoppers and carboy caps are used to fit on American sanke kegs? Any other input is appreciated. Thanks.

Btw I don't have money to buy the conversion kit so please don't suggest that I have already looked into it. Maybe I'll get it when I get some money.

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Old 09-21-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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I dont (yet) have the cool conversion kit. i use a rubber bung( dont know the size,I just went to LHBS and got the big one they had) I have a friend help me lift,move around(most the time) and autosiphon it to cornys.

you will love keg fermenting. not much help I know.




on edit,the tape shows my bung is 2 1/4 across at the big end. (yes it sounds bad)

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Old 09-21-2010, 06:50 PM   #3
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I use a carboy cap and an airlock which works great for me. Just siphon out when done.

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Thanks! I am still trying to figure out that part you need to attach a CO2 hose to a carboy cap in order to push the beer out with a dip tube.

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For the longest time I also used either a bung (#11 methinks) or a carboy cap. For the cap you pretty much have to soak it in hot water to make it stretch over the opening. After a while I used a sanke coupler with the stem (minus .75") to rack the beer out with co2.

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For the longest time I also used either a bung (#11 methinks) or a carboy cap. For the cap you pretty much have to soak it in hot water to make it stretch over the opening. After a while I used a sanke coupler with the stem (minus .75") to rack the beer out with co2.
So you used a stopper while you fermented then put the keg back together with the stem and then transfered? Does it take much time to put the parts back on so you can use a coupler? I already have a coupler so I may do that if it is easier than just using the carboy cap with a racking cane and CO2. Although I still don't know what part you use to connect the CO2 to the carboy cap... Does anyone know???
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So you used a stopper while you fermented then put the keg back together with the stem and then transfered? Does it take much time to put the parts back on so you can use a coupler? I already have a coupler so I may do that if it is easier than just using the carboy cap with a racking cane and CO2. Although I still don't know what part you use to connect the CO2 to the carboy cap... Does anyone know???
The pictures i'v seen are kinda ghetto. Looks like they have just a co2 tank attached to a racking canes with tubing. One short piece pushing gas in, the other long cane for the liquid out. Each joint (as well as the carboy cap itself) has a worm clamp on it keeping them tight enough to hold the 1-2 PSI needed to transfer. Making use of swivel nuts could make it less "permanent."
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I just "slip" on the CO2 hose over the smaller of the two "arms" of the carboy cap. Works fine. I say "slip" because it sometimes takes a little convincing.

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I've been thinking about this setup as well. I would think that you could attach the standard coupler and just put the connecting hoses in a bucket as a blowoff tube, no?

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I've been thinking about this setup as well. I would think that you could attach the standard coupler and just put the connecting hoses in a bucket as a blowoff tube, no?
That doesn't sound like a bad idea. Anyone try this before?
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