Do these barrels make good fermenters?

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http://www.bayteccontainers.com/5galpljuscca.html



New 15 Gal Plastic Barrels Closed Top Great for a fresh water barrel or rain Barrel. Your Choice of Blue or Natural (white) - PLASTIC DRUMS CLOSED TOP



hmmm Stainless....

http://www.bayteccontainers.com/stainless-steel-wine-barrels.html
They have open top and closed top barrels.

FDA approved.

Was considering something plastic in leu of glass after reading a site full of glass carboy injuries.

My 4yr old helps me brew occasionally and I would hate to have a glass carboy shatter or explode and injur her in the process.

Makes cooling a little harder since I dont have a igloo large enough for this but I'll figure something out.

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Yes they work great, but you can get the exact same thing from your LHBS for $5 or less (most likely). They are what LME comes in, and once they are empty, they have to do something with them. I picked mine up for $4.

FYI, I only use it if I'm doing 10g batches.
 
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I wonder if the 5 gallon one would leave enough headroom for fermentation?

I was considering the 15 gallon one if the 5 gallon ones didnt have enough for a full 5 galllon batch.

Hell for 15$ I could afford to try one out.
 

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I wonder if the 5 gallon one would leave enough headroom for fermentation?

I was considering the 15 gallon one if the 5 gallon ones didnt have enough for a full 5 galllon batch.

Hell for 15$ I could afford to try one out.
5 gallons wont cut it . Even if you ended up with 5 gallons after fermentation when you account for trub loss you will end up with less.
 
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I have no LHBS so I got them at US Plastics they are a bit cheaper there than the site you listed Delex15gallon


Thanks for the link.

The US Plastics site has 6 gallon ones which would be perfect for a 5 gallon batch. I just realized that I'm not doing 10 or more gallon batches yet so 15 might be too much space up top for oxygen to rest.

The 6 gallon ones are 16.00 so I'll probably pick one up and give it a try.
 

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A question - how do you clean these plastic fermenters? Seems like the krausen that forms on top of the wort would be difficult to remove.
 

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I had the same question as desertbronze. They look like they'd be a PITA to clean out.
These are what I use. They have a nice gasket lid and theres a catch in the outer rim of the bucket that the lid locks into. The lid has a little trigger that you push in and unlatch the top.

Cheap and easy,
Life Latch® New Generation Tamper Evident Shipping Container - US Plastic Corporation
and they have different color lids :D
We have some of those locking ones here at work for collecting used batteries in for disposal.

I think the 8 gallon or the 15 gallon would be ideal.

There shouldn't be a problem fermenting 5 gallons in a 15gallon container.
 

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I use these for primary. They are easy to clean. As soon as I rack I rinse, fill with OxyClean, let soak for a couple days. I rinse and I'm ready for the next batch. The last bit of water is hard to get out because they don't want to drain 100%. I love mine, but I do wish it had a larger opening. I can ferment 13.5 gallons at a time. :D
 

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Go for the 15 gallon- even 5g would be okay b/c there's enough production going on to purge that o2 through your airlock. But space is an issue for me - only so much room in the ferment fridge, it's only used for larger batches. Easy to clean if you clean it right away.
 

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How do you dump the trub and yeast without high angled sides like 60 degree conicals have? The price of those stainless barrels may be within the budget of a winery but no way close to this home brewer besides being useless without having a conical end for the dumps.
 
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