5 gallon water bottle for conical - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fermenters > 5 gallon water bottle for conical

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-18-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
Jason879
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Posts: 37
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



Just for novelty purposes, would a 5 gallon water bottle be ok to convert into a conical fermentor? Would the ridges on the side of the bottle be too big of a problem? Is the plastic on those bottles sturdy enough for the fermentation process? What are y'all's thoughts?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
SteveMillerTime
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
, South Jersey
Posts: 90
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts


It's been said that the plastic carboys that you get for a water cooler are no good for fermentation...However, you could try using a "Better Bottle" (plastic carboy specifically for brewing) and inverting it and adding the fittings as needed.
__________________
Homebrew Time Brew Blog

What's Brewing:
Primary: [empty]
Secondary: Chocolate Raspberry Porter
Keg: [empty]
Keg: Tan House Honey Ale
Bottle: [empty]
Growler: [empty]

Future brews:
Banana Nut Muffin
Stein Bier
Specialty Beer "Series" [Code Name Whiskey]

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2012, 09:52 PM   #3
Frige
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Houston, Texas
Posts: 554
Liked 68 Times on 48 Posts


Sounds like a mess in the making. If the stopper came out there goes all your beer........

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #4
daksin
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
daksin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,617
Liked 355 Times on 309 Posts


In order to get yeast and trub to easly slide out the cone needs to be at an angle of 60 degrees or better, although those nice plastic induction tanks are about 57 degrees and they seem to work well. A plastic water bottle or better bottle would be nowhere near that. You'd just have a ton of junk sitting on the shoulders and clouding up your beer as you racked, to say nothing of the oxygen permeability problem.
__________________
I can't be arsed to keep up this list of what's in the fermenters, but hey, check out the cool brewery I own!

twitter.com/2kidsbrewing .. facebook.com/2kidsbrewing .. 2kidsbrewing.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #5
Jason879
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Posts: 37
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Thanks everyone for your feedback! I did find the induction tanks. Another question, if I don't plan on harvesting yeast, can I rack out of the dump valve (granted I have the proper fittings)?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 10:13 PM   #6
beaksnbeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
beaksnbeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2011
New Port Richey, Florida
Posts: 2,844
Liked 505 Times on 334 Posts


If you check lots of water bottles are made by better bottle corp. I have been using water bottles for years with no problems I don't use them for long storage over 3 months.
__________________
Quote:
Home of the 12 Tap keezer

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
4 gallon water bottle $4.88 kajon Equipment/Sanitation 21 07-28-2015 02:15 PM
5 gal Water bottle as conical fermenter brant740 Fermenters 9 11-21-2012 12:26 AM
Is a 5 gallon water bottle the same as a carboy/better bottle? earwig Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 01-23-2012 12:01 AM
WTB 10 gallon water cooler and 6 gallon better bottle ipatch For Sale 2 09-05-2010 07:28 PM
5 Gallon Water Bottle for Secondary GEARS General Beer Discussion 12 01-14-2009 01:56 PM


Forum Jump