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Old 03-29-2011, 05:08 AM   #1
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has anyone used a sanke keg as a fermenter not cutting the top and using the sanke tube maybe cut a inch off to transfer to corny kegs with CO2 when fermintation is complete.
I was also thinking about putting a ball vave on bottom to drain off the yeast slurry. That will be a little difficult to connect but I can make up a tool to insert the close nipple from inside.
Just been thinkin it would be nice to ferment a 10 to 12 gal batch in one vessel just pop out the sanke tube, clean, sanatize, fill, pop in a stopper with airlock or blowoff tube and let it ferment after it's ready pop off the stopper and reinstall the sanke tube and transfer to corny kegs with a sanke tap, force carbonate chill and drink.
Any coments or sugestions will be a big help

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Old 03-29-2011, 05:14 AM   #2
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I have been using un-modified sanke keg's as fermenters for about a year. they work great (although a bit difficult to clean)

Remove the spear and valve body, then get a sanke fermentation cap, or just modify a 2" triclamp blank.

http://www.brewershardware.com/Sanke-Fermenter-Kits

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Old 03-29-2011, 05:22 AM   #3
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I've not fermented in my 1/6 Sanke kegs yet, but I'm aging in one right now, and plan on fermenting in another with my next batch. I simply removed the spears and that's it... You can fit one of the large universal bungs in the opening and not need to get any other (expensive) hardware to ferment in them. Use some fermcap in the wort and you shouldn't even need a blow-off tube. That's what I did in a 5 gallon corny keg... Just fit an airlock and you're good to go (just be sure to use fermcap)...

Personally, the 1/6 size kegs are fine for using the regular auto-siphon in for transfers. Just confirmed this about 10 seconds ago with the tube from my auto-siphon into one of my empty Sanke kegs... More than enough left coming out of the opening, when it bottoms out inside. That's without the small part on the bottom of the tube too.

If you want to use the expensive setup for the Sanke, go ahead. But, I think you can do it on the cheap without much effort at all... I don't mind letting the brew transfer via auto-siphon to the bottling bucket.

Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to do with four Sanke keg spears... The tops have enough weight, and they're long enough, to make rather nasty maces/clubs...

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Couldn't you just take the guts out, and put an airlock w/ a rubber stopper in the hole?

Rack with a racking cane of some sort thats long enough to get down to the bottom?

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I've haven't heard of a rubber stopper, although it would work. From what I hear, the orange carboy caps work very well for fermenting in a Sanke.

I've contemplated going this route, but am hesitant about siphoning out of it as it would mean lifting the Sanke with 10 gallons of beer to a high enough elevation to siphon from...

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I've haven't heard of a rubber stopper, although it would work. From what I hear, the orange carboy caps work very well for fermenting in a Sanke.

I've contemplated going this route, but am hesitant about siphoning out of it as it would mean lifting the Sanke with 10 gallons of beer to a high enough elevation to siphon from...
If you used the orange cap and had CO2 why not have the racking cane in one of the openings in the cap and use the other to force in CO2 to push the beer out. I have done it this way with the carboy caps on better bottles so that I could have a completely closed transfer.
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I just pulled the spears out of mine and use them as they are with no modification. a #10.5 rummer stopper or 11 stopper will fit in the hole in the top i just run my tubing out of that and then add an airlock after fermentation has slowed. they are a little tough to clean i use a pressure washer and a carboy brush and then use a mirror to make sure the inside top is clean.

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WortMonger has an excellent write up on his system: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/clos...chnique-44344/

The wiki version of the article has nice pictures without having to wade through 700+ posts. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...d_fermentation

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Couldn't you just take the guts out, and put an airlock w/ a rubber stopper in the hole?

Rack with a racking cane of some sort thats long enough to get down to the bottom?
Yes, and I've done it. But the rubber stopper doesn't allow pressurized transfers so it a lot more work to move 10± gallons around to a place to siphon from. The triclamp cover conversions make it a lot easier.

Another cheapy way is to just use a carboy cap (the orage plastic doohickey). Again, same problem of no pressurized transfer.
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I'm pretty sure you can still do a pressurized transfer with the orange carboy cap.

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