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Hey all,
Looking for ideas for small batch (looking around about 2ish gallon batches) and i was looking for fermenter ideas.

Firstly you have 3 gallon glass carboys or the better bottles. I'm not interested in these as I don't want the small mouth, i need something i can get my arm inside for quick, easy and effective cleaning. Not to mention they're on the pricey side at $25 or so a piece.

Secondly you've of course got buckets. I don't like these because firstly they don't always seem to be 100% airtight (i've heard bugs can get inside). And i want something transparent like a plastic carboy. Oh and i LOATHE the lids.


So i looked around for airtight food containers and found THESE. They are airtight 2.5 gallon BPA free polypropylene containers with silicone removable gaskets. Buy 2 get one free with 25% off plus 6.99 shipping comes to about $30 for 3 of them.

I figure i can just drill a hole and put in a stopper and airlock and be good to go. They don't seem as transparent as a typical carboy but its the best i could find and is far better than a bucket. I also like the idea of the removable washable silicone gaskets.

I also dont want to deal with those horrible bucket lids. I honestly don't know anyone gets those off without a tool. I'm an average strength guy and my first time brewing i just about broke my fingers trying to get one of those lids off (while wearing gloves!). It wouldnt come off until i resorted to a flipping crow bar!

Searched for awhile and havnt found a single mention of other small fermenter ideas besides a youtube video of some aussie guy brewing in his kitchen. If anyone has any other unconventional ideas i'd love to hear them.

Thanks for reading :mug:
 
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Ordered 3 of those while they're on sale. Only concern is the hole would have to be drilled next to the handle and thatd weaken the structural integrity. Probably just mean i cant carry by the handle which is no big deal for a couple gallons. Worst case they'd be relegated to specialty grain storage as suggested.

Still love to hear more suggestions!
 
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Mr Beer fermenter looks pretty good. Too bad they had to make it brown.

2 Gallons would also limit me a little more than i wanted but if these dont work out i'll use them for grains and try the mr beers. Thanks.
 

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So i looked around for airtight food containers and found THESE. They are airtight 2.5 gallon BPA free polypropylene containers with silicone removable gaskets. Buy 2 get one free with 25% off plus 6.99 shipping comes to about $30 for 3 of them.
They look like they would work to me. I would also install a spigot on one of the sides to eliminate the need to siphon.
 
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They look like they would work to me. I would also install a spigot on one of the sides to eliminate the need to siphon.
Might be ok for others but i prefer not having to worry about anything getting into the spigot. With my 1/2" auto siphon i can get everything quickly and can get every last drop without worrying about trub.
 

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I have done a couple of brews in half-gallon growlers. I picked up 9 of them for $2 each. They didn't come with lids so I 3D printed some myself and used a blowoff tube initially which I just replaced with S airlocks.

I use these for small batches, 3x growlers = 1 gallon batch or 5x growlers = secondary for 2.5 gallon batch. I put the 3 growlers in a round bucket of water and wrap a heat belt around the bucket for temperature control.

Sure, a 1 or 1.5 gallon vessel would be better but this works and it was real cheap. I'm pretty much on permanent lookout for cool glassware that can be used for fermenting small batches.

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