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Old 02-14-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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I was thinking about buying a 20 gallon aquarium tank and add an airtight sealing to the lid. Also, drill a couple holes for an airlock, spigot, and maybe thermometer.

I was thinking it would be a cool idea but I don't know if it would work. Plus I can find tanks for cheap. Let me know what you think.


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Old 02-14-2013, 11:37 PM   #2
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I was thinking about buying a 20 gallon aquarium tank and add an airtight sealing to the lid. Also, drill a couple holes for an airlock, spigot, and maybe thermometer.

I was thinking it would be a cool idea but I don't know if it would work. Plus I can find tanks for cheap. Let me know what you think.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:41 PM   #3
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I was thinking about buying a 20 gallon aquarium tank and add an airtight sealing to the lid. Also, drill a couple holes for an airlock, spigot, and maybe thermometer.

I was thinking it would be a cool idea but I don't know if it would work. Plus I can find tanks for cheap. Let me know what you think.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:07 AM   #4
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I have a small area for brewing and I figured using glass tanks would use less space and hold more. Plus, I can find 20 gallon tanks for like 20 bucks, even 40 gallon ones.
I figured it could be a cool idea.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:09 AM   #5
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I like the idea. If you build it I'd like to hear how it went. I was thinking about getting into 10-15 gallon batches but the price of a conical fermentor has deterred me.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:24 AM   #6
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Yeah, conical's and large plastic containers are way over priced. If I make it, i'll definitely post it.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:37 AM   #7
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You'd have to keep it covered or in the dark, but that's also true of a carboy.

Have you considered multiple 5- or 7-gallon buckets? You'd get the same capacity for just a little more price, and a lot less trouble.
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You'd get the same capacity but it'd take up more space. The room I have for brewing is really small. Having a lot of buckets just seems like a pain in the ass lol
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Most glass tanks I have seen a caulked with silicon to seal. Most silicon selant I see in my kitchen has some sort of mold that starts growing on it no matter how much you clean it.
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You'd get the same capacity but it'd take up more space. The room I have for brewing is really small. Having a lot of buckets just seems like a pain in the ass lol
If you use blow off tubes and then drill the hole for it in the side of the buccket (right at the top) then you could stack you fermenters, probably 4 high in a standard single story house gives you 20 gallons in an area that would be less tahn one fish tank


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