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Old 10-08-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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I have been trying to retire the plastic fermentation buckets, but being a student, I can not justify the price tag of a conical. I have been looking at the Sanke conversion kit to turn a keg into a fermentation vessel, and this seems to be the logical choice for me.

My issue is that I will be doing mostly 5 or 6.5 gallon batches. My kegerator uses 4.8 gallon cornies, and I like to brew enough to rack some off into bottles. Anyway, the ideal keg size for me is the 1/4 (7.75 Gal) barrel "slim" Sanke. Has anyone turned one of these badboys into a fermentation vessel using one of the conversion kits available online? Is this a rare size keg like the 3 gal or 10 gal cornies? I don't get very much brewing related stuff on my local classifieds site (Halifax is relatively small, but still, very little equipment for sale in a city of about 400k+)

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Old 10-08-2010, 04:36 PM   #2
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Nope. Not rare at all. It's just that the breweries are still using them.

Any given day I can walk into my local bottle shop and find dozens of slim quarters filled with a variety of beers.

 
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:57 PM   #3
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Nope. Not rare at all. It's just that the breweries are still using them.

Any given day I can walk into my local bottle shop and find dozens of slim quarters filled with a variety of beers.
I'm not sure if it is better or worse to know this info!

Kegs are few and far between on my local classifieds website, but if they are on there, 99% of them are cornies, the rest are the short/fat Sankes.

 
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:01 PM   #4
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What's wrong with cornies?

 
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:04 PM   #5
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What's wrong with cornies?
They are awesome, just a bit too small for what I want to use them for. I suppose I could split a bigger batch up into 2 corny fermenters, but as it stands I only have 2 cornies!

 
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:13 PM   #6
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Around here, 1/6bbl sankes are quite common, but I cannot recall ever seeing a skinny 1/4bbl sanke.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:21 PM   #7
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Did you email the garrison yet? I think it was you i sent the link to, via your kijiji ad???

 
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:28 PM   #8
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I would be concerned about doing primary fermentation in a keg. Unlike a carboy or a bucket it is very hard to see inside to make sure its clean. A hop protein ring can be difficult to remove especially if you cant see it or scrub it.
I personally think buckets are the best option for primary as you have access to the inside of the bucket to ensure that you have a clean fermenter.

 
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:38 PM   #9
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I would be concerned about doing primary fermentation in a keg. Unlike a carboy or a bucket it is very hard to see inside to make sure its clean. A hop protein ring can be difficult to remove especially if you cant see it or scrub it.
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Well, then...Allow me to retort!
I saw your thread awhile back. I am sure that your keg is sanitized and free of bacteria, but how can you assure that there is no foreign matter or congealed trub hanging out on the bottom or on the top lid. I do not doubt that with proper sanitation your beer will turn out ok, but I am concerned about flavors leaking through from batch to batch. Sure in your case its not a problem as you are brewing a 10 gallon batch and any foreign matter is grossly overpowered by beer, but in a 5 gallon batch it is very easy for an off flavor to appear.

 
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