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Old 08-03-2012, 02:48 AM   #1
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Default anyone tried this? sanke keg fermenter idea

I think Sabco makes them: Sanke Kegs that have Corny keg lids? But they are super expensive.

I like the idea of using a sanke keg as a fermenter, I do 10 gallon batches now and finding reasonably priced 15 gallon vessels to use as fermenters has been problematic.

What I don't like is the idea of trying to clean it out of that tiny hole in the sanke fitting top.

So has anyone tried DIY'ing a fermenter out of a sanke keg similiar to the sabco ones?

Seems that it wouldn't be too hard, trace the outline of a corny keg lid on the top of the sanke keeping in mind to make the actual hole like a 1/2" smaller, get out the jigsaw and cut the hole. May have to use a hammer to flatten out the edges maybe use two gaskets on the corny lid to get a good seal? But it seems pretty doable? Am I off the mark here?
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:03 AM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/supe...onical-276378/

This is a good thread for a proper 15g fermenter.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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I use unaltered sanke kegs for my 10-12 gallon batches with a #11 stopper and an airlock with great success. Just build one of these to clean it: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://...ar4PrRLg3b1pTQ Works like a champ!
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:54 PM   #4
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I thought about it too when I had a spare euro keg(13.5 gal) with the smooth top then changed my mind when I realized how heavy it would be full. I gigure it would need to be on some sort of stand to be able to rack off
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I like the idea of using a sanke keg as a fermenter, I do 10 gallon batches now and finding reasonably priced 15 gallon vessels to use as fermenters has been problematic.
Use a regular Sanke keg and one of these.

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

I know several people that use them and they work great. Just clean them with a DIY carboy washer and push the beer out with C02.
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Use a regular Sanke keg and one of these.

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

I know several people that use them and they work great. Just clean them with a DIY carboy washer and push the beer out with C02.
Dang that kit alone is $80... You can get an entire 16 gal Speidel fermenter (when available) for $60.

http://morebeer.com/view_product/120..._-_60L_159_gal


I have one of the 8 gallons and it's nice.

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Dang that kit alone is $80... You can get an entire 16 gal Speidel fermenter (when available) for $60
If cheap is what your after you can get three 6 gallon buckets for $24, I've done it like that for years. I don't want to get into a debate about plastic vs. stainless but obviously stainless is always going to be more expensive. Compared to other 10 gallon stainless fermenter options using a Sanke and the stainless kit is pretty inexpensive, especially if you already have a Sanke.
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I ferment 10 gallon batches in sanke's, I don't use a airlock, but the air in the fermentation freezer will extinguish a flame. It's the only time a use a secondary and I CO2 push into 6.5 better bottles, cold crash, and keg... work's for me
P.S. If your boiling 13 gallons of wort in a sanke, you better be there at 208 degrees F. Because a boil over isn't pretty
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I've not had any problems cleaning my unmodified sankes. How are you cleaning them, and what issues are you having?

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Use a regular Sanke keg and one of these.

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

I know several people that use them and they work great. Just clean them with a DIY carboy washer and push the beer out with C02.
Those kits seem like a waste of money to me. I use sanke fermenters almost exclusively, and don't see any disadvantages to using my system, which costs a fraction of what one of those kits runs. I either use a drilled stopper with an airlock, or a spunding valve connected to a coupler for pressurized fermentation. I counterpressure transfer after fermentation using a slightly shortened sanke spear and a standard sanke coupler. From what I've seen and read on here, securing the temp probe to the outside of the fermenter and insulating it provides better temp control than using a thermowell, so the thermowell option doesn't appeal to me either.
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You can also take the 5/6 gallon carboy cap(orange), put it in hot water, and then just place it over the top of the sanke bung.

You can then use any kind of hose you want, or airlock.
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