13 gallon fermenters

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13 gallon fermenters

Post by firewater69 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:12 pm

I bought 2, 13 gallon barrels for 19.00 each. I have been looking for a better deal, but finally bought these. it should make it easier to ferment on the grain vs dealing with 5-6 gallon buckets.
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Post by ga flatwoods » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:18 pm

You will like those. Dont worry about an air lock just spin the lid down but not tightened.
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Post by firewater69 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:22 pm

Hey ga, thats kinda what i was thinking too, i'll use the 5 gallon buckets for rum.
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Post by Bushman » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:23 pm

Where did you purchase them and what are their original use?

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Post by firewater69 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:32 pm

Ebay, they had naproxin pills in them. any thoughts on this? Before i use them.
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Post by ga flatwoods » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:01 pm

Bushman is referencing the type of hdpe and if they are food grade.
Naproxene and mash both help ease pain.

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Post by bearriver » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:17 pm

Nice find. I could use about 10 of those suckers!

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Post by corene1 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:04 pm

I have 2 of those very same barrels and yes mine are pdfe2 food grade. I took mine and drilled a 7/16 hole in the center and installed the grommet for the bubbler . They work great, I have done at least 20 fermentations in each one and the seal is still in excellent shape. Just clean them well to keep bacteria at bay. look inside at where the handles are and there is an area that can trap old mash use a scrub brush to clean it.

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Post by snooka » Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:27 pm

Yes, would like to know where you got them!

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Post by firewater69 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:41 am

@ Bushman, yes they are food safe, the same as Corene's. i was gonna buy a new brute trash can, but i like the size of these better.
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Post by firewater69 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:42 am

snooka wrote:Yes, would like to know where you got them!
E-bay
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Post by Bohunk » Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:07 am

I have six of those babies, I drilled a hole in the lid, inserted a rubber groumet for the bubbler. Then after several runs I figured out where the drain level is and put spigots in the bottoms. Only have to open the spigot and let them drain. By the way I poured water in mine with a five gallon bucket, and they hold 15 gallon, not 13 as advertised. Had mine for about two years, and use them every day.

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Post by S-Cackalacky » Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:21 am

Anybody have a link to a source? I saw them online at some point in the past, but have since lost the link. Is there a brand name on them that would help us find them?
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Post by firewater69 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:45 am

I just searched ebay for 13 gallon barrel. they have some nice blue 15 gallon open top barrels.
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Post by Brutal » Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:10 am

Nice barrels
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Post by firewater69 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:15 am

Brutal wrote:Nice barrels
Thanks, i got some malted corn just waiting on them to arrive.
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Post by rnw349 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:27 pm

Nice find firewater, those should do the job quite nicely. Are you using a 15 gal. Boiler? You will have plenty of head space if so. Good job.

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Post by firewater69 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:38 pm

My boiler is 20 gallons, i just built a 1/2 barrel mashpot and filled one of my new fermenters for the first time on saturday. i love the new fermenters, they hold 26 lbs of grain and 12 gallons of liquid.
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edit: Bohunk you are right, they hold 15 gallon :D s
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Re: 13 gallon fermenters

Post by Brutal » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:45 pm

firewater69 wrote:My boiler is 20 gallons, i just built a 1/2 barrel mashpot and filled one of my new fermenters for the first time on saturday. i love the new fermenters, they hold 26 lbs of grain and 12 gallons of liquid.
IMG_20150222_114834.jpg
edit: Bohunk you are right, they hold 15 gallon :D s
What you got in that pot?
Steam injection rig http://tinyurl.com/kxmz8hy
All grain corn mash with steam injection and enzymes http://tinyurl.com/mp6zdt5
Inner tube condenser http://tinyurl.com/zkp3ps6

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Post by StillLearning1 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:41 pm

I was looking at the exact same deal on ebay just last night. I like them, but the shipping is $20 each. That makes them $40 a piece not sure I want to pay that much when I already have a brute.
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Re: 13 gallon fermenters

Post by firewater69 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:06 pm

Brutal wrote:
firewater69 wrote:My boiler is 20 gallons, i just built a 1/2 barrel mashpot and filled one of my new fermenters for the first time on saturday. i love the new fermenters, they hold 26 lbs of grain and 12 gallons of liquid.
IMG_20150222_114834.jpg
edit: Bohunk you are right, they hold 15 gallon :D s
What you got in that pot?
10Lbs corn malt, 10lbs barley malt, 3 lbs rye malt, 3 lbs crimped oats, 2 gallons backset & 10 gallons water.
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Re: 13 gallon fermenters

Post by Brutal » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:59 pm

firewater69 wrote:
Brutal wrote:
firewater69 wrote:My boiler is 20 gallons, i just built a 1/2 barrel mashpot and filled one of my new fermenters for the first time on saturday. i love the new fermenters, they hold 26 lbs of grain and 12 gallons of liquid.
IMG_20150222_114834.jpg
edit: Bohunk you are right, they hold 15 gallon :D s
What you got in that pot?
10Lbs corn malt, 10lbs barley malt, 3 lbs rye malt, 3 lbs crimped oats, 2 gallons backset & 10 gallons water.
I bet that smells great. Did you malt the corn? I assume you did, haven''t seen that in a store. I'd like to hear about how that comes out please. Sounds tasty.
Steam injection rig http://tinyurl.com/kxmz8hy
All grain corn mash with steam injection and enzymes http://tinyurl.com/mp6zdt5
Inner tube condenser http://tinyurl.com/zkp3ps6

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Post by firewater69 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:11 pm

It does smell good, & yes i malted the corn. seems easier than cookin unless you have a steam cooker, ( awesome rig btw) im interested in doing a smaller version to fit my pot.
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Post by Brutal » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:16 pm

firewater69 wrote:It does smell good, & yes i malted the corn. seems easier than cookin unless you have a steam cooker, ( awesome rig btw) im interested in doing a smaller version to fit my pot.
It doesn't have to be smaller. I am going to do a batch in my 15-16 (??) gallon fermenter on steam soon. I am just going to take the head off it and run the pipe straight to the bottom, open. Going to be my s3 all malt. I am going to kill all the bugs that hitchhike on that damn malt dammit. My bugs or no bugs.
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Post by firewater69 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:33 pm

This mash is doing good so far, huge cap. i pitched a heavy starter. I'll let ya know how it comes out.
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Post by rnw349 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:41 am

Well, have run that mash yet? How did it turn out? Got it on oak yet?

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Post by firewater69 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:12 am

It came out good, a little heavy on the rye for me, but I've got it on oak @ 60% & it's very smooth, I may tweak the recipe a bit (time will tell) but overall I think it's a keeper. I just ran the sugarhead from it last night.
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Post by rnw349 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:45 pm

I haven't tried an all grain yet but am looking at doing one someday when I grow up. How's the sugar head coming?

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Post by firewater69 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:02 pm

It's ok, for a sugarhead. I'm getting ready to do an all malted corn again. Yummy!
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Post by rnw349 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:07 pm

I bet that's good.

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