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Old 03-08-2011, 03:03 AM   #1
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Default What to do with 5gal & 7.75 gal Sanke Kegs

In talking with a friend about my gathering equipment to make beer, he gave me three 5 gallon Sanke's and one 7.75gal Sanke keg. They were free so I did not want to say no.

What are some possible uses?

Has anyone figured out a way to cap them to make a primary or secondary fermenter?

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A full fermenter takes up just as much space as an empty fermenter. Why do so many of us have air in our fermenters?

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Orange carboy caps and you can use as a fermenter. You can also use them as a bright tank.

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Using them for primaries sounds like work, unless there's a convenient size blowoff tube. Use as a secondary should be easier, though not cheap. For that, you could put on a standard Sanke tap with a tail piece and beer nut on top, with a short piece of thick wall tubing to connect to a fermentation lock. Instead of the "gas in" line, it would be the gas outlet. Just leave the tap handle closed.

Why not just use them for kegging and serving? We're paying $30-$40 a piece for old soda pop Corny kegs for that purpose, and you just got handed the real deal! Nice! Personally, I'd use them for their intended purpose.

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A slim 7.5 gallon Sanke serves as a nice & cheap stainless fermenter with the addition of a stainless fermenter kit from Brewers Hardware.
http://www.brewershardware.com/Sanke-Fermenter-Kits

You can get them with a thermowell for temp. control, and 2 of them will easily fit in a standard fridge.

Using the 5 gallon Sankes with a Carboy cap for a better bottle is a nice option as a bright tank - just put the carboy cap in some hot water for a minute or so to make it nice & pliable - it will slip right over the top.

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I use Sankes for fermentation. It's great working with SS which is easy to clean and sanitize and it's super easy to PUSH the beer with CO2 when it's done which limits chances for oxygen exposure.

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dumb question from a noob... what is a bright tank?

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Primary:
Air

Secondary:
1Gal (x3): Mead
Air

Bottled:
Belgian Tripel 9.2%
Irish Red Ale 8.1%
White Wheat Ale 5.5%
Session Peach Beer with fresh peaches from my tree

A full fermenter takes up just as much space as an empty fermenter. Why do so many of us have air in our fermenters?

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dumb question from a noob... what is a bright tank?
Bright tank is where you put beer that's reached final gravity, while you allow it to clear. AKA - Secondary.
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If you want to ship them to Ohio I'll take them off your hands. I use them to dispense instead of Cornie's.

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I just pull the spear out and use the orange carboy cap and airlock. Makes a great fermenter. No need to keep it in a dark area, either.

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Are the 7.75 pony kegs, or taller but a bit fatter than corneys? If the later I got to find me some of those. I am able to get close to 12 gallons batches out of my currrent brewing, fermenting setup. If I had a few of the 7.75 gallon kegs I would not be bottling much. I have been recently been kegging 5 gallons and bottling the rest as its not worth bottling just 2 gallons to me. Some 7 gallon kegs would solve my problems. However if they are squat they would end up taking up too much room in the keezer. They'd work great as a fermenter though with the orange carboy caps.

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