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fermenting barrels 30 gal or 55 gal

Postby Hoosier Shine9 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:43 am

I am going to get some more (larger) fermenting barrels.
I can buy 30 gallon drums for $20 each so 2 would be 60 gallons and $40

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or I can buy 55 gallon for $40 each.

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I am using a 15.5 gal keg as my boiler now, about a 12-13 gallon charge.
With 2 30 gallon barrels or 1 55 gallon barrel, I could ferment basically 4 runs at a time.
both sizes are open head with "band clamps". The 55 gallon does have the 2 bungs in the lid, the 30 does not have any.
is there an advantage or a disadvantage to one or the other?

Planning to go up in boiler size in the future to either a 26 gallon (about 22 useable gallon) or dreaming a 50 gallon(useable) StillDragon Pot Belly.

thanks for the input
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Re: fermenting barrels 30 gal or 55 gal

Postby Truckinbutch » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:57 pm

I'm running a keg boiler and keg thumper . I'm getting the most efficiency and flexibility with 32 gallon Brutes nested in 44 gallon Brutes . One ferment will make one strip run of 12 gallon boiler charge and 12 gallon thumper charge .
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Re: fermenting barrels 30 gal or 55 gal

Postby cranky » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:30 pm

I have a 50, 30 a 12, a couple of 10s and a lot of 5s. I've done one ferment in the 50 because for me it is a bit impractical because of my long ferments and potentially long rest times. The one ferment I did got a lacto infection which is fine but it could just as easily been a different infection that could have cost my whole batch. I also had a 10 gallon batch of cider go vinegar, which scared me so I prefer to do cider in 5 gallons because if one goes bad I don't lose 60 gallons of hard work. I'm pretty happy with the 30 for non fruit ferments and am thinking about buying a second one.
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Re: fermenting barrels 30 gal or 55 gal

Postby Worm_Drippinz » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:51 pm

Price seems pretty high.... food companies throw them away.

Might shop around but its good to have several of each on hand.
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Re: fermenting barrels 30 gal or 55 gal

Postby bilgriss » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:20 am

Both are nice fermenters.

I would say your choice is largely based on what you intend to do with them. For me, I have an 8 gallon boiler, so my 32 gallon Brute is perfect for three stripping runs worth of a mash.
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