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Old 06-18-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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What are the options for stainless steel fermentors for ~5 gallon batches? I know about conical fermentors, and that some people use kegs. Is that pretty much it?

 
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:55 AM   #2
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Kettles are a good and readily available option.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:05 AM   #3
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Watch the classified section here or eBay for 10 gal corny kegs. They will run $100 to $150. I have one and love it. Plenty of head space for a 5 gal batch. Biggest advantage is being able to do closed transfers from fermenter to serving keg. Beer never see's oxygen.

 
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:19 AM   #4
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Watch the classified section here or eBay for 10 gal corny kegs. They will run $100 to $150. I have one and love it. Plenty of head space for a 5 gal batch. Biggest advantage is being able to do closed transfers from fermenter to serving keg. Beer never see's oxygen.
This might be a dumb question, but I've never used a keg, although I plan to start kegging once I have the funds. What do you need besides the keg? For example, do I need to put an airlock on it? I tried searching for brewing in a keg, but most of the results seemed to be about brewing (ie: boiling the wort) in the keg, not about fermentation.

 
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #5
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yes, you need either a air lock or a blow off tube. What you do is attach a gas side quick disconnect to the gas side of the keg. YOu can rig a air lock up to the disconnect with a short piece of tubing. Or, what I do is hook up a hose from the disconnect and run it to a jar of sanitize solution as a blow off.

do some google searching on fermenting in 10 gallon cornelius and keg to keg transfer. There are also some videos out on youtube about both of these methods.

 
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:50 PM   #6
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Untill I got a steal of a deal on a conical, I used to ferment 5 gallon batches in 5 gallon corny kegs (actually aprox 4.5 gallons).
Works great! and CHEAP!
Search fermenting in corneys on this board, you'll find LOTS of info.

 
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+1 for fermenting in cornys. People complain about the smaller batch size, but I generally get 45 x 12oz bottles (rather than the "usual" 48) by fermenting under a bit of pressure and using a few drops of FermCap.
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Fermcap is the key.

 
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #9
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How do you do a pressurized transfer out of a corny keg that you've fermented in without sucking up all the trub/sediment?

 
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How do you do a pressurized transfer out of a corny keg that you've fermented in without sucking up all the trub/sediment?
Rather than derail this thread, I'd point you over here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/clos...44/index2.html

But, the short answer is that you either cut your dip tube a bit, rig up a dip tube with adjustable height, or just dump the first half pint that comes out cloudy (imo, the easiest option).
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