This is a hand-me-down from my brother in law, who was brewing back in the laste 90s. Has anyone seen, or used one of these before?
A few things to note about it:
-A 12oz CO2 cartridge can be screwed into the lid, in order to keep pressure.
-inside there is a tube from the valve to a floatation device that allows the valve to draw from the top of the beer at all times.
-The underside of the lid has a few #s, and "1987" off by itself. Not sure if this is just a random code, or a production date.
-I've looked for these online, and the closest thing I found was a brief mention of one on a British brewing forum.
-The LHBS owner said he had only seen one once in his life, and it was owned by a guy who just came to the states from Belgium.
-I haven't measured it yet, but standing it beside a fermentation bucket, its got to be around 5 gallons.
-The lid screws on and has a very thick o-ring to seal it. Suprisingly, the o-ring is still soft, and in good condition.
So....should I try it? I hate to loose 5 gallons if it doesn't work, but I can't spend the rest of my life curious about it. Also, my plan is to ferment in a bucket, then rack to this with some priming sugar....do you think I need to immediately hit it with CO2? I'm not sure there is a check valve that would prevent pressure from escaping when a cartridge isn't screwed in. LHBS guy says he thinks if I can keep pressure in it, it should keep beer for a couple of months...thoughts on that estimate? My wife is worried about BPA. I assume there is no chance that this thing is even remotely BPA free.
Thinking about doing 5 gallons of a cheap pale ale or something just to try it out.