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I switched from glass carboys to Fermonsters for easier handling and options, and I also had interest in using Sankey kegs as fermentors for 12G batches that I want to leave longer.... Of course Oxygen-free transfers come into it, so I spent a lot of time reading the Fermonster thread (Turning your Fermonster into a complete closed transfer system for cheap!) One of my issues with putting bulkheads into a plastic Fermonster lid is that I don't want to put that much pressure on plastic when attaching a disconnect....I want somthing to hold on to with my other hand and brace it... In terms of using a Sankey, I've really wanted Norcal's Cross-Frementer Sanke Keg Cross Fermenter Kit. NorCal Brewing Solutions But... with a floating diptube, however the float-ball needs you to cut off the rim inside the coupler collar...OK...then what.
Well... Here's what I came up with:
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Ideally, I'd use a longer diptube, but I don't have any about to cut down for the task. The last picture is my test in which I used my Fermonster to serve up 7.5G of StarSan while sanitizing and purging my cornys.
I wanted to wait till I brewed a batch in both a fermonster and in a Sankey to post pics and experience, but my health issues are making that take too long so I thought I'd post it here for anyone else to try out.
(oh yeah: I've been calling it 'The FermHead', but I'm not a business, and this forum and it's members are the makers of it... if @Bobby_M can maybe streamline/improve and source the parts cheaper in bulk..particularly a longer diptube...I freely offer you the name, you've been ripped off my so many others and I love you're products and the one head can be adapted to many fermenting vessels, even @bracconiere 's milk-cans)
This device has greatly simplified things for me, so Thank You HBT!
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Heck.. no feedback. I know it's obvious, but did my damaged brain manage to contrive something simple but usefull or is it completely redundant to anyone but me? ... I'm looking for Cons..
 

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It will definitely work, but I'm torn on whether it's really a positive direction from just using the two ball lock bulkheads. One small hitch is that the larger 1/2" NPT parts are not really a bulkhead in the same way. Another possible issue is that the whole assembly is quite tall. If you use a mini-fridge headroom can be a concern. To your point, applying any stress to the plastic lid could cause damage and I'd argue that a larger handle/lever can do some damage too.
 
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Thanks for that! I hadn't thought of putting it in a fridge as I still lack economical temperature control. As to the 'bulkhead'; It's just a close-coupler on the tee and a groved steel nut with o-ring on the inside...I ran it up to 5psi and there were no leaks thankfully.. I've found that I just naturally grab the cross with my left hand to brace it when connecting/disconnecting or turning the blow-off valve because I'm an old fart who distrusts plastic, but I can easily see how doing those things without bracing could cause the lid to crack or leak. I imagine it will work just fine with a Sankey once I cut the inner rim out to make passage for the float... Maybe not for everyone with a Fermonster. I'm hoping I'll be able to brew a batch to go in the Fermonster soon and try and report back with how it went.
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