Stainless Steel Fermenters

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Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:25 pm

Beer brewing at 18 deg and TPW at 28 deg in a 290 litres upright Westinghouse freezer.
With the emphasis on distilling )TPW and All grain whiskey ) and now that I have a fantastic bubbler form Andrew at 5SD, I am trying to up the anty on volume a bit.
(not a 200 litre plastic drum)
I have made a fermenter out of a 50 litre keg and was thinking :-
2 x 50 litre kegs that I could possible get "tig" together, but its a specialist field with purging etc. (Damn heavy even without wort) Even though I have a roller setup in the
bottom or the fridge to get the Keg in and out.
What's your thoughts on this baby for a fermenter. 88 Litres (Have to put a tap in it, but thats easy).
Has any body used one as a fermenter. It will fit the the fridge nicely.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/35-58-88-St ... 2486024044
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby ThePaterPiper » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:33 pm

That seems to be great value to me. Must be fairly thin gauge so I’m not sure you would be wanting to move it around once it’s full. Would be great for ease of cleaning though :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby clintonb » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:30 pm

Seems too good to be true :o if it is any good, I was thinking it might make a good boiler 8-}
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Georgio » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:41 pm

I have the 35L and it is as described but thin gauge. I use it to store low wines. I reckon you could definately use it as a fermenter. I would place it on a small deck with wheels for ease of movement once full.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Georgio » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:43 pm

Would be no good as a boiler, way to thin :-B
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Georgio » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:47 pm

Or forget the deck with wheels, just realised u want to put in fridge :obscene-drinkingchug: ......havent had any dramas with mine anyway, reasonable for the price.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:16 am

ThePaterPiper wrote:That seems to be great value to me. Must be fairly thin gauge so I’m not sure you would be wanting to move it around once it’s full. Would be great for ease of cleaning though :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Would be using a trolley. Not sure if putting in a tap would work also.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:17 am

clintonb wrote:Seems too good to be true :o if it is any good, I was thinking it might make a good boiler 8-}

I think it would be too thin. Have a boiler anyway.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:18 am

Georgio wrote:I have the 35L and it is as described but thin gauge. I use it to store low wines. I reckon you could definately use it as a fermenter. I would place it on a small deck with wheels for ease of movement once full.

Would use a trolley and slide it into the fridge. Handles might not be strong enough. Not sure about putting in a tap could be too thin also.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby wynnum1 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:42 am

Why not just use as is 50 l kegs and workout how to move and clean easily.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:18 pm

wynnum1 wrote:Why not just use as is 50 l kegs and workout how to move and clean easily.

Thats what I am doing at the moment. The thought was one 88 litre ferment in the fridge.
2 Stripping runs
1 Spirit run.
Begining to think it through and I think I will be better in doing a 44 litre ferment and cube it and than do a 48 litre ferment.
Just need to plan a bit more.

Thanks everyone for their input. :text-thankyoublue:
Big is not necessarily better, except when it come to one of the Bubblers from Andrew at 5 Star Distilling :text-lol:
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:19 pm

Hey this is what so great about this forum.
Makes you think outside the square. ^:)^
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Lowie » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:24 pm

Mate, that's really cheap. I recently bought a SS Brewbucket (25L) and that cost me nearly 300 Large. It's a high quality piece of kit too. I'd be wondering why it's so cheap...If you buy one, let us know if it's any good or not :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:30 pm

Lowie wrote:Mate, that's really cheap. I recently bought a SS Brewbucket (25L) and that cost me nearly 300 Large. It's a high quality piece of kit too. I'd be wondering why it's so cheap...If you buy one, let us know if it's any good or not :handgestures-thumbupleft:

I have the 25L SS Brewbucket to and its is great.
At the moment I am going to give it a miss as I think it will be very thin walled and concerned about 88 kgs of wort in it.

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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby southern45 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:07 pm

Georgio wrote:I have the 35L and it is as described but thin gauge. I use it to store low wines. I reckon you could definately use it as a fermenter. I would place it on a small deck with wheels for ease of movement once full.


Might have to grab one or two for low wine storage. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Georgio » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:49 pm

:handgestures-thumbupleft: perfect for low wines.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Ned » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:25 pm

Just checked with the seller on Flea-bay .8mm thick or thin :teasing-blah: About the same a a stockpot.
SS Brewbuckets and Kegs are approximately 1.5 mm
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Bryan1 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:35 pm

The easy way with the cheap SS coming out of China is stick a magnet on it. SS is non magnetic but the shit coming in is. Think 316 for distilling and nothing else as if a magnet sticks the SS is shit. Also 304 being a lesser grade and as it's all made in China now avoid it like the plague.
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby bluc » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:40 pm

I know someone builds boats and even marine grade stainless corrodes in salt water now..never
Used to
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Re: Stainless Steel Fermenters

Postby Bryan1 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:34 pm

In my job before xmas I was involved removing old 304 and I checked the pipe with my magnet. The gun SS tig welder guy asked me until the the magnet stuck on a SS pipe, just a loose fit but still as SS is non magnetic I had to ask when the that pipe was inslled an he said 3 years ago so the rot is in and abound. Like I say 316 and just hope the magnet dosn't stick.
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