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Old 03-15-2012, 02:12 AM   #1
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I heard somewhere that you could use a sanke as a feremnter cheaply using a carboy cover (orange) and a stainless racking cane. I have a spare keg and would like to do something similar. Does anybody have a pic of setups that seem to work well? I don't want to have to weld anything.

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Old 03-15-2012, 02:33 AM   #2
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I use a keg and a carboy cap...nothing else. I use a wine theif to take readings and an auto siphon to empty.

After a ferment I usually have a brew day...empty the keg and full it with hot water from my chiller output. Then I add two scoops of oxy clean and a day later it is ready to go.

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Old 03-15-2012, 02:34 AM   #3
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And do not use genetic oxy clean...it will leave a film. Go to Sams club if you can and get a big box

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I have two keg fermenters. the one is a clamp on with a racking cane, temp probe and a vent tube all built in. I do really like it and it works well but was around $80 bucks if I remember right.
The other I just use the orange carboy/ airlock with a hose down to a jar of sanitized water. This works really well and is my favorite. cheap and easy also.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:57 AM   #5
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Holly Crap......ya gotta be careful takin pic's of shinny objects when your'e about ready to go to bed.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:11 PM   #6
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haha nice, now I know not to waste my monet on a 2in triclamp fermenter setup and just use a orange cap. EXCELLENT

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awesome. thanks guys.

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You will have to initially dunk the carboy cap in hot water to stretch it out a bit

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If you're just looking to fit an airlock, you can also use a large universal bung in the opening. Get the one that's NOT for the Better Bottle carboy's (this one is a bit larger I believe). Push it all the way into the opening then fit the airlock in (or blow-off tube if needed). I did that for many batches before going towards being able to push my brew out with CO2. Now my fermenters have gas ball lock posts on them, and I have my own 2" TC caps with a liquid post and thermowell welded in place. I change the dip tubes (in the liquid post) to leave specified amounts in the keg fermenter.

I also have the machine shop welding a 4" ferrule into a short pony keg and fitting the cap with my liquid post, gas post and a thermowell. I've ordered a few more sets so that I can also convert a 50L keg into a fermenter with the 4" opening.

BTW, being able to push your brew out of fermenter with CO2 is beyond great. This will come in handy, especially, with my next planned batch. I'll be putting 10 gallons into the 50L keg fermenter, once it's in my brew-buddy's basement (where we ferment). Since it's not really an option to bring that back up to ground level, I'll fill my serving kegs (three 3 gallon corny kegs) in the basement (it's a finished basement). With the CO2 push, there's also zero need to lift the fermenter off the ground. All I'll have to do is open the lid enough to see the level in it, and have the brew going in through the serving keg's liquid post (to fill from the bottom without any worries).

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I have the tri-clamp thingamajigger that TangleFoot uses. I also use aluminum foil. My barleywine, which sits in a 7.75 gal Sanke has the foil, and it'll sit for about 6-7 months before transferring to the keg. I recently acquired another 15.5 gal Sanke, and it currently has my Oktoberfest with aluminum foil over the top.

I now have what I need to do pressurized fermentation, as found in this thread. My next batch will be with pressurized fermentation.

The best thing about using Sankes is that you can steam sterilize. Just put a gallon of water in, put it on your burner, and boil for 10-15 minutes. I use the foil to create a little pressure, but I suppose you can leave it open.

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