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Old 10-17-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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I found these plastic 30 gallon drums that are said to be food safe and "great for soda and juice" so does this mean they will also be okay to ferment in? I'm just worried about the air permeability. It says the plastic is High Density Polyethylene. I have only been doing 5 gallon batches but now want to so something about 3x larger and wanted a cheap fermenter.


Link: http://www.bayteccontainers.com/30galfoodgra.html


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Old 10-17-2007, 08:51 PM   #2
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Well, it doesn't say if they are PET plastic or not, and I'd be worried that the insides would be scratched up creating places for bacteria to fester.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:01 PM   #3
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The word "Reconditioned" scares me for a fermentation vessel. Good for grain storage though.

Edit, this is not a snap on lid design, how would you ever clean this? It would not work as a grain storage item either.

 
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Old 10-27-2007, 12:54 AM   #4
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The word "Reconditioned" scares me for a fermentation vessel. Good for grain storage though.

Edit, this is not a snap on lid design, how would you ever clean this? It would not work as a grain storage item either.
An enormous brush would be necessary to clean such a fermenter.
Anybody suggestions of how to build or where to buy a brush to clean something like this?

 
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:32 AM   #5
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no need for a brush. Oxyclean and hot water. repeat till everythings clean. rinse rinse rinse, then sanitize. brushing only makes tiny scratches for nasty stuff to hide in.
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:39 AM   #6
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no need for a brush. Oxyclean and hot water. repeat till everythings clean. rinse rinse rinse, then sanitize. brushing only makes tiny scratches for nasty stuff to hide in.
For a large container? No agitation necessary?

 
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Old 10-27-2007, 02:42 AM   #7
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No .Don't scratch plastic. Bacteria thrive in deep scratches. Clean plastic with a soft cloth. oxiclean or an equivalent thereof works well for a 24 hr soak for a stanky(non-glass) fermenter as well. Brushes are for glass.

 
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Old 10-27-2007, 03:47 AM   #8
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