35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

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35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby invisigoth » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:32 pm

hi all :)

just thought you might be interested. when i was wandering through bunnings, a 35l plastic screw top storage barrel caught my eye.

it's food safe plastic, similar to a brew bucket only screw cap. i tested volume, it's 35l to the bottom of the screw top lid. i put a grommet and an air lock to see how it would go as a fermenter. despite not having a foam or rubber seal, it seals air tight.

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figured it would be useful for 25l batches where you may need a bit more head room for foam :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Rock » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:29 pm

They look good. $ ?
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby invisigoth » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:52 pm

$24 i think.
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby dans.brew » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:50 pm

Ive got one of these too and they are great... fairly sturdy compared to the old cheapo bucket. I use mine mainly for mixing sugar with hot dunder/ backset before watering down with cold water and pouring into the fermenter.
They are a good bucket to get the paint stirrer and drill into to give things a good mix and aerate.
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Br00ksy » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:48 pm

That particular one isnt available at my bunnings but this one is!
Going to use it for rum backset storage.
Picking it up later today
Ill let you all know how it goes
https://www.bunnings.com.au/adventure-products-30l-blue-tint-wide-mouth-water-storage-drum-with-bung_p3240534
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Doubleuj » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:14 pm

Just on that original bucket, I have one I use for dog food and one of the handles just broke. Would be a horrible mess if it was full of a wash...
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby bluc » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:51 pm

Br00ksy on the blue containets they dont seal at least 3 i had didnt. Just fyi..
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Br00ksy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:30 pm

Br00ksy on the blue containets they dont seal at least 3 i had didnt. Just fyi..


Ive got some mango juice/pulp backset in there at the moment in one of them
Top tip: Dont put pulp or skins in the boiler
Burn fruit results :violin:
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Hyper101 » Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:41 pm

bluc wrote:Br00ksy on the blue containets they dont seal at least 3 i had didnt. Just fyi..


Just digging this up because Ive also had issues with these sealing . The way that they stack ruins the lip of the bucket, they are basically broken in the shop. I keep beeswax cappings in it and the damn ants get in.
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Ashley12 » Sun Jan 02, 2022 6:08 am

I use a large blue 120l food grade barrel off eBay. $30 new. Think you can get 220l ones for not much more.

So useful because my turbo washes often foam and need lots of head room. Can easily ferment 80-100l in the 120 barrel.

Drilled and installed a tap. Never bothered with an airlock as it makes the washes foam like crazy.
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Br00ksy » Wed Feb 23, 2022 3:37 pm

The bunnings ones i wouldnt recommend for perfect sterile contaiment of a wash because, as said above, they dont seal properly. For rum backset that you want to get funky however they are perfect for different exposure to different bacteria whilst keeping insects out (mostly) if you screw the cap down.
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby bluc » Wed Feb 23, 2022 4:17 pm

Ashley12 wrote:I use a large blue 120l food grade barrel off eBay. $30 new. Think you can get 220l ones for not much more.
So useful because my turbo washes often foam and need lots of head room. Can easily ferment 80-100l in the 120 barrel.

Drilled and installed a tap. Never bothered with an airlock as it makes the washes foam like crazy.

An airlock makes the wash foam like crazy?
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby daveskis » Sat Jun 04, 2022 8:47 am

invisigoth wrote:hi all :)

just thought you might be interested. when i was wandering through bunnings, a 35l plastic screw top storage barrel caught my eye.

it's food safe plastic, similar to a brew bucket only screw cap. i tested volume, it's 35l to the bottom of the screw top lid. i put a grommet and an air lock to see how it would go as a fermenter. despite not having a foam or rubber seal, it seals air tight.

Image

figured it would be useful for 25l batches where you may need a bit more head room for foam :handgestures-thumbupleft:

I have three of these and did the same with airlock bungs and a wash of my previously fermented Muscat Grapes. Too good to throw away.
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Re: 35l plastic storage barrel/fermenter

Postby Bob9863 » Sat Jun 04, 2022 12:01 pm

I've got 4 of them, but I don't use air locks I open air ferment.
They are particularly useful when doing rice based mashes.
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