220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

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220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby davesims » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:32 pm

Hi all

I am currently using those 220 liter brownyt\orangy type colour olive barrels as water storage for my re-circulation system, i was wondering if i got another couple are they ok to use as fermenters as it are they safe?
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby Plumby » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:10 pm

You can use them man they are fine. Just drill a hole in the lid so you can put a silicon hose in then put the other end in a 2 litre bottle of water. Its acts as a big air lock that way.
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby Zak Griffin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:09 pm

Or dont use an airlock, I just screw the lid down and have never had an issue.
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby davesims » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:30 pm

Thanks guys

I was planning on either using a fish tank heater and a space blanket

Is there any other suggestions as far as keeping temp goes?
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby orcy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:50 pm

I use a 300w aquarium heater. Wrapped in a foil tarp and a blanket. No lid, just a towel that i soak in starsan to cover the top. I have a 32mm bulkhead about a foot up from the bottom with a tap on it, and i have the whole thing in a table so i can drain it straight into 25l cubes.
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby Sugardaddy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:21 pm

Zak Griffin wrote:Or dont use an airlock, I just screw the lid down and have never had an issue.

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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby bluc » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:52 pm

Dont screw it down tight or you will have a loud bang and a big mess to clean up :D
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby Minpac » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:28 pm

They sound handy - if anyone has a line on where to get these cheaply in Brisbane, shoot me a PM.
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby crow » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:57 am

I use the standard hubs bubblers in these lids and then if I want I can store the ferment for many months before running if need be. As for heating electric blanket works with sisalation foil around that or just the sisilation if its not real cold.
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby Poon » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:54 am

Yeah i use one of those for my fermentation and dont screw down either to let it breath.Ive used aquariam heaters in a bath set up before to keep constant temp..I just use a bucket to empty..it will produce alot of cap if full so I usually do 90ltr runs so it doesnt get messy...
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Re: 220 liter olive barrels as fermenters

Postby Stonemaker1 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:21 pm

Minpac wrote:They sound handy - if anyone has a line on where to get these cheaply in Brisbane, shoot me a PM.


https://www.google.com.au/search?q=tilkey%20drums

Top quality brand new, 55 bucks with rubber seal lid and steel band.
Best off going there as there is so much more than what is on website.
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