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Postby Fermentanator » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:36 am

Howdy dudes, been some time.

I am moving away from plastic in my fermentors, even though it is classed as safe for wines.

I have found some "201 stainless" steel drums on ebay for a great price. Wondering if these have a reputation for being unsafe or contaminated with heavy metals etc?

I beleive they come from asia, although they ship from within my country.

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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby Yummyrum » Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:12 am

Got a link . I’m thinking about getting one .

A few guys have them . Some have mentioned possible glue of some sort in the crimped on ends . Some have talked of running a bead of solder around to seal it in . Personally I’d have to see one first to make my own call on that .
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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby Fermentanator » Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:57 am

Hmm, glue would be a worry.

Will grab a link later and put here.

I will alos see if any of the photos show the joint(s).

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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby Danespirit » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:06 am

I share the concerns of Yummy...
Also, 201 stainless is what we refer to as low grade stainless.
So if you intend to store your ferment or low wines for a longer period of time rust will be a problem (believe me it will!).
if I were you..I'd be looking for some HDPE drums instead OR a real stainless steel tank (304 or better).
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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby HDNB » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:52 am

some food stainless barrels also have an interior coating i dunno what it is tho..
i use 304. just had to passivate where the spigots were welded on. actually used star san, worked a charm. the end bead is just rolled, no glue. the lid does have a foam gasket that i wouldn't want to mix with high abv, but for beer, no problems so far.
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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby Fermentanator » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:14 am

hmmm, seems I will need to spend alot more $$ to get suitable stainless.

Feels like I can't win lol! The plastic really bugs me, even 'safe' plastic as I feel we may learn down tha track that some of it was never really alcohol safe.

Seems I will need to suck it up and follow the advice of danespirit and HDNB and look for 304.

In regard to the rusting of 201, if I was to polish after use to prevent rust build up (alot of work but I will use a wire brush on drill) would this be satisfactory or would there be other concerns in terms of iron oxide contamination? How quickly can 201 rust assuming I am running UJSSM and all grains?

There is no one around here that sells suitable stainless drums, so postage will be a killer. I have found a site that sells a wide variety of brand new stainless drums in various grades, but they are not cheap and postage is absurd.

Here is the ebay link; https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Stainless-S ... E-kOHwcbFA

And the vendor of stainless drums; https://www.australiapacificworldtraders.com/

If anyone has any sources of stainless drums, let me know. I am on Mid North Coast of NSW Australia.

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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby Fermentanator » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:47 am

https://www.keg-king.com.au/50l-threade ... spear.html

Just found this, cheapest vessel in 304 that I have found yet. Not sure on postage.

Also not sure how I would go about cutting a large hole in the top......waste of time for a fermenter?

UPDATE: This one claims to be 304 and is similar price to the other ebay ones, same size too; 88L; https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/35-58-88-St ... eCvM7lCdzw

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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby DetroitDIY » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:07 am

Hey Fermenter,

Not sure that any of these would be the right price or good for shipping to you, but they are a few sites for such things that I know of:

https://www.usedstainlesssteelbarrels.com/
http://www.bubbasbarrels.com/
https://www.bascommaple.com/category/bulk/containers/

I have not bought from any of them, and looking at them now, they do seem a bit pricey :cry:

Good luck!
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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby Fermentanator » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:18 am

Thanks for those links buddy, unfortunately I am in Australia, so they would not be practical

I am still looking, I think the keg may be an option if I can have a lid cut into it, or the latter ebay link I put here.

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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby DetroitDIY » Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:35 am

There lots of DIY sites/posts/videos out there about how to nicely remove the top of your keg if that's what you're after. And the homebrew store in my area sells them already opened for mashing. You could check to see if those are options in your area.

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Re: Ebay Stainless Drums

Postby Fermentanator » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:12 am

Thanks my friend.

I will do a search about removing a 50l Keg lid for mashing.

May try the ebay 304 stainless, will advise of what I do, hopefully my experience may help others; if the 304 ebay ones are good, then thats great. If not, I will be sure to let yall know!

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