Stainless fermenter/boiler

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Stainless fermenter/boiler

Postby invisigoth » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:57 am

whilst cruising for brewing supplies i came across a section that had stainless fermenters. as it turned out, there stainless fermenter was a 1/4 barrel keg with a single 4 inch triclover fitting at the top. one of the things they mentioned was that it could be used as a boiler for a still. i'm assuming they had gas in mind for heating. this gave me an idea.

just after i finished the squat pot, a couple of 1/4 barrel kegs came my way. one of these i had turned into a fermenter, coincidently similar to one i later came across on the web site during my wanderings. the main difference, is that i have a 2 inch fitting at the bottom as well for drainage :shifty: . i kinda like the idea of having the handles at the top, which is why i went to the trouble of removing the 2 inch fitting from the top and enlarging the hole to accommodate a 4 inch fitting, and cut a separate hole in the bottom rather than just flipping the keg over and cutting the 4inch hole in the bottom and keeping the original fitting attached.

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so the idea was this:

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the main restriction is that the keg has to be pretty full. since it's a 1/4 barrel and not a standard half barrel, the 2400w element does take up a lot of the height of the vessel. the problem then becomes one of drainage.. the hole is plugged by the element 8-} . this was my solution:

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blue line is compressed air... only needs to be a few psi. the other line is the fliud, with a stainless sheathed hose on the inside. once the vessel starts to drain, syphon will do the rest, or slight pressure can be maintained to drain it faster.
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