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Old 11-29-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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I am acquiring equipment to begin all grain brewing for the first time. Just wondering if there are any suggestions for what to use for a fermenter. Anything that will work other than expensive equipment?



 
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:34 PM   #2
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Better Bottles.


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Old 11-29-2012, 04:43 PM   #3
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Have you done extract before, or are you beginning with AG? The fermentation process and equipment for AG is exactly the same as extract, so you can use whatever you already have if you are already extract brewing.

Buckets/better Bottles, Carboys, or anything else that's food safe and airtight that you can drill a bung hole into. There are pros and cons to each, it pretty much comes down to personal preference that fits into your process.

I have three glass carboys, two better bottles, and three buckets. I find that I use the better bottles and buckets most often, and really only use the glass when I intend to age for a fairly long time. The glass carboys are just too heavy to move around with 5+ gallons of wort in them, so I don't use them all that often.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:44 PM   #4
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Ale Pails.

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #5
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Ale Pails.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #6
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I use ale pails, but was snooping around on morebeer last night and saw something new that was pretty intriguing. Speidel is making a new plastic fermenter that has me thinking about a change...

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:20 PM   #7
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Ok. Yes I already extract brew but am still new at it. I just wasn't sure if there was a different process for fermenting. I have two better bottles and two glass carboys. I plan on making ten gallon batches so I guess I could just split it in the carboys.

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:47 PM   #8
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Process is identical. With 10 gallon batches guessing you have to split - you would need 12 gallons plus to account for head space (I would go higher if possible) and I am not sure the conventional options (carboy, bucket) are that large. The Speidel I mentioned has something like a 14-gallon option that was about $65. That's the cheapest single 10-gallon batch fermenter I know of.

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #9
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Ale Pails.
Buckets are my jam. $13 with a lid, easy to transport, safe, easy to clean (just use a sponge, nothing abrasive), and easy to dry hop in. They also have extra uses, like holding a star-san solution or water overnight for dechlorination.

 
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:52 PM   #10
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Awesome! Thanks. I will look into those solutions.



 
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