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Old 01-12-2009, 02:24 AM   #1
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What do you think could this be used as a primary fermenter. I was thinking of buying one of these and using it as my exclusive apfelwein fermenter.

Rain Barrel 15 Gallon Plastic Nice Handle 2 Sealed Lids - eBay (item 220329558972 end time Jan-12-09 18:09:50 PST)

The listing says it used to contain either laundry soap or dishwashing soap. I would think with a good oxyclean or bleach soaking these shouldnt be a problem. would you use something like this?



 
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:50 AM   #2
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Those are exactly what I use for fermenter. I get them for free from my local homebrew shop. Its what they store LME in. Great thing about those is I use one cap for a blowoff and another for a spigot. When fermentation is complete I just tip it on its side and open the spigot.



 
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:56 AM   #3
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I have two of them I got from a HBS that used them for LME...
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:57 AM   #4
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Those are exactly what I use for fermenter. I get them for free from my local homebrew shop. Its what they store LME in. Great thing about those is I use one cap for a blowoff and another for a spigot. When fermentation is complete I just tip it on its side and open the spigot.
Me too. I use it for 10 gallon batches, no blowoff needed.





I would not buy the eBay ones since they were filled with chemicals though.

You can buy them new here.

Delex 15 Gallon Closed Top Container - US Plastic Corporation

 
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:00 AM   #5
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Me too. I use it for 10 gallon batches, no blowoff needed.
WLP400 laughs at this. I have the same fermenter, and I put 10 gallons on top of a WLP400 cake yesterday. I came home tonight to a clogged airlock (krausen shower #1). I swapped the airlock for a blow off tube and checked it 5 minutes ago - it was also clogged (krausen shower #2), so I swapped for a larger ID. When SWMBO went to bed, she asked, "Why do you smell like yeast?"

WLP400 is the apfelwein of yeast, running with scissors inside my fermenter.

 
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:05 AM   #6
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Wow! I used WLP565 on that batch and you can see the kreusen line and how much space I had to go.

 
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:15 AM   #7
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Wow! I used WLP565 on that batch and you can see the kreusen line and how much space I had to go.
Yeah, I was more impressed than anything else. I was convinced I had plenty of space, but the yeasties had a different idea. There's nothing better that a violent fermentation. (though I better check it again before I go to bed)

 
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:06 PM   #8
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i have one of those also haven;t used it yet but my lhbs sells them for 5 bucks can't beat that
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:15 PM   #9
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So, how do you clean these? Just some hot water and PBW or Oxyclean and shake the heck out of it? I am thinking of maybe .. replacing a conical with some different fermenters and I really like the size and portablity of these.

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Old 01-13-2009, 02:59 PM   #10
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Thanks for the link Edwort. I couldn't find these on their web page a few days ago. Just ordered 2. Freight was only $10.30. Any problems getting them clean through such a small whole?



 
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