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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2013, 11:21:32 AM »
I imagine they'd be difficult to handle, but what about demijohns? I see them in up to about a 15 gallon size.

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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2013, 03:02:29 PM »
By the way - any thoughts how you'll handle such a large fermenter?  10 gallons of liquid will weight ~80 lbs plus the container. That is significantly harder or impossible to carry, lift for racking, etc.
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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2013, 03:49:26 PM »
By the way - any thoughts how you'll handle such a large fermenter?  10 gallons of liquid will weight ~80 lbs plus the container. That is significantly harder or impossible to carry, lift for racking, etc.
Fill it where you want to ferment it and get a 5 lb CO2 tank, and some transfer hose with QDs to rack for service.
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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2013, 09:21:32 AM »
I have used the 15 gallon cornies for about 8 years now. They are already plumbed and require NO modification. Just pop a hose on a gas disconnect and you have a blowoff tube. I have been praising these as a perfect solution for years now, and have only now just bought a conical for 15g batch sizes.


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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2013, 09:34:30 AM »
I have used the 15 gallon cornies for about 8 years now. They are already plumbed and require NO modification. Just pop a hose on a gas disconnect and you have a blowoff tube. I have been praising these as a perfect solution for years now, and have only now just bought a conical for 15g batch sizes.



Have you ever experienced any clogging using the gas disconnects? 
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What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2013, 10:51:58 AM »
Unless you have your brewery close to your conical fermentor, I recommend 5 gallon buckets for 10 gallon batches. I ferment in chest freezers in my basement and brew on my back porch. Carrying buckets down the stair is way easier than carrying carboys and I can't imagine how I would have plumbed a line to a 14 gallon carboy let alone carry it.
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What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2013, 10:52:55 AM »
I have used the 15 gallon cornies for about 8 years now. They are already plumbed and require NO modification. Just pop a hose on a gas disconnect and you have a blowoff tube. I have been praising these as a perfect solution for years now, and have only now just bought a conical for 15g batch sizes.



Wow! Those are awesome!
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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2013, 11:26:13 AM »
I have used the 15 gallon cornies for about 8 years now. They are already plumbed and require NO modification. Just pop a hose on a gas disconnect and you have a blowoff tube. I have been praising these as a perfect solution for years now, and have only now just bought a conical for 15g batch sizes.



I'd love to have a couple of those, but the cost of them now would be crazy if you can find them at all.

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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2013, 02:35:35 PM »
I have found that the plastic malt extract barrels (14 gallon) that homebrew shops get from Briess make great fermentors on a budget. They must be cleaned with chemicals (PBW seems to work fine) since the openings are too small to reach in to the bottom. Just make sure they save bit screw in lids so you can seal it up again. I put a stooper and airlock in the small opening for fermentation.
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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2013, 02:44:40 PM »
I'd love to have a couple of those, but the cost of them now would be crazy if you can find them at all.

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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2013, 03:14:38 PM »
By the way - any thoughts how you'll handle such a large fermenter?  10 gallons of liquid will weight ~80 lbs plus the container. That is significantly harder or impossible to carry, lift for racking, etc.
Fill it where you want to ferment it and get a 5 lb CO2 tank, and some transfer hose with QDs to rack for service.
Oh I know how I'd handle it. I have a 60 gallon fermenter that I use occasionally. I just wondered if the OP had considered that.
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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2013, 07:19:19 PM »
I'd love to have a couple of those, but the cost of them now would be crazy if you can find them at all.

You can get new ones for $380 or refurbished ones for $265 from CHI.

I bought a refurbished 10 gallon corny keg from them for $175 a few year ago and love it.

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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2013, 09:15:12 AM »



Have you ever experienced any clogging using the gas disconnects?
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No, not even the most crazy blowoff has caused the gas connects to clog and I have found the blowoff bucket full of solids after some larger batches with reduced headroom. It simply pumps out whatever happens. Originally I took out the spring and plunger inside the connectors and the poppet in the posts, but after years of doing that I simply stopped as it proved to be a waste of time. I'm sure someone will have had something different, but I've been doing this for a long time now with no issues. I don't change anything in the keg or with the connects. Most batches are 10.5-11 gallons when they hit the fermenters, so that's a lot of headroom to compensate for krausen.

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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2013, 10:29:05 AM »
The kegs are rated to 125 psi and I imagine the disconnects can take similar pressures (I know they handle 40psi during fast force carbonating). Hop particles and trub are probably no match for those pressures. If it did clog, the pressure would just build until it blew through.
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Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2013, 10:37:16 AM »



Have you ever experienced any clogging using the gas disconnects?

No, not even the most crazy blowoff has caused the gas connects to clog and I have found the blowoff bucket full of solids after some larger batches with reduced headroom. It simply pumps out whatever happens. Originally I took out the spring and plunger inside the connectors and the poppet in the posts, but after years of doing that I simply stopped as it proved to be a waste of time. I'm sure someone will have had something different, but I've been doing this for a long time now with no issues. I don't change anything in the keg or with the connects. Most batches are 10.5-11 gallons when they hit the fermenters, so that's a lot of headroom to compensate for krausen.
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Good to know, thanks.  Sooo, you don't shorter the out tube either?
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