What do you ferment in?
  • ThymThym
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    What kind of equipment do you use for a fermenter?

    Plastic Bucket?
    Glass Carboy?
    Keg?
    Conical? Plastic / Stainless?

    I have used the first three, pretty much stick to sanke based fermenters these days. But i still have a few carboys kickin' around for smaller batches.

    What say you?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    I used to be a glass carboy guy, but I sold them off and picked up a small army of PET carboys, great price, tough to break, and easy to clean.

    I might step up to sanke based, but they are too tall for my current fermentation fridge
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  • ceanntceannt
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    I use plastic for beer..... still have one left from the '80s that I still use....
    carboys for cider and mead, went to a PET one a couple years ago.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    yeah, i pretty much do the same thing as ceannt, except once the plastic becomes discolored, it becomes a garage bucket and i get a new one for beer. i think i have 11 glass carboys and 6 buckets to cover all the wine and beer.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    mostly buckets, but some 1 gallon glass jugs for small experimental stuff. i also have a 3 gal better bottle and a 3 gallon pet/pete? bottle for cider/wine/whatevers.

    I'd love to have a keg fermenter, but it's hard to find em out here. first one is going to become a keggle, though.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ceanntceannt
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    yeah, i pretty much do the same thing as ceannt, except once the plastic becomes discolored, it becomes a garage bucket and i get a new one for beer. i think i have 11 glass carboys and 6 buckets to cover all the wine and beer.



    hah! my old one is stained from many batches with lots of roasted malts.... have a new one that I haven't even used yet...
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  • ceanntceannt
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    I would like a keg fermenter also.... but I can't get my hands on one for a keggle... so it may be a while...
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  • C_BC_B
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    Plastic Ale Pails for beer. I have 6 or 8 glass carboys for the longer aging stuff and mead I haven't done yet.
    I do have a complete sanke I might like to turn into a DJ style fermemter. But that's a little down the road.
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  • JerryJerry
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    I mostly use glass, but have a few plastic vessels in rotation. Food grade, but not made for brewing.
  • ThymThym
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    I mostly use glass, but have a few plastic vessels in rotation. Food grade, but not made for brewing.



    water jugs?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    I primarily brew in 3 gal batches as that is what my current equipment allows.
    Now that Christmas has passed I have acquired new fermentation capacity.

    I now have two 3 gal glass carboys (Thing 1 and Thing 2), and one 5 gal glass carboy, which I will use to step up recipes that I enjoy enough to make some more of!
    I also have one 3gal PET carboy, but it has been scratched to no end on the inside, so I am saving it to become my primary sour fermenter when I start doing sours.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • jlwjlw
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    I have four 7 gallon plastic buckets that I use for primary fermentation. I also dry hop in these because it's much easier to remove the hop bag. I also have four 5 gallon glass carboy's that get used for long secondaries.
  • ThymThym
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    jlw said:

    I have four 7 gallon plastic buckets that I use for primary fermentation. I also dry hop in these because it's much easier to remove the hop bag. I also have four 5 gallon glass carboy's that get used for long secondaries.



    that makes sense. I've got a couple 5gal glass carboys i keep around, in case i want to shove some stuff in a carboy and forget about it for a long time.

    @evan_b i've never seen anyone with 3 gal carboys, how much can you actually primary in one of those like 2gal?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    I am usually able to squeeze 2.5 gal in each, but just need to be sure to always have a blow-off tube. I like the smaller batches at this point. It is way cheap to brew a batch, and I can literally throw something together in just a few hours, which makes it easier to brew more often. It just works for what equipment I have.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • scoobscoob
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    Evan_B said:

    I am usually able to squeeze 2.5 gal in each, but just need to be sure to always have a blow-off tube. I like the smaller batches at this point. It is way cheap to brew a batch, and I can literally throw something together in just a few hours, which makes it easier to brew more often. It just works for what equipment I have.


    @Evan_B

    If you wouldn't mind, how about putting up a thread detailing your process and equipment.

    I'm always impressed with brewers and the innovative approaches to brewing.
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    I am usually able to squeeze 2.5 gal in each, but just need to be sure to always have a blow-off tube. I like the smaller batches at this point. It is way cheap to brew a batch, and I can literally throw something together in just a few hours, which makes it easier to brew more often. It just works for what equipment I have.


    @Evan_B

    If you wouldn't mind, how about putting up a thread detailing your process and equipment.

    I'm always impressed with brewers and the innovative approaches to brewing.


    I'd be happy to. It may take me a day or two to get a write up going, but once I do I will be sure to post it! Happy to share any experience I can.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • scoobscoob
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    Evan_B said:

    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    I am usually able to squeeze 2.5 gal in each, but just need to be sure to always have a blow-off tube. I like the smaller batches at this point. It is way cheap to brew a batch, and I can literally throw something together in just a few hours, which makes it easier to brew more often. It just works for what equipment I have.


    @Evan_B

    If you wouldn't mind, how about putting up a thread detailing your process and equipment.

    I'm always impressed with brewers and the innovative approaches to brewing.


    I'd be happy to. It may take me a day or two to get a write up going, but once I do I will be sure to post it! Happy to share any experience I can.


    Beer porn!
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    I am usually able to squeeze 2.5 gal in each, but just need to be sure to always have a blow-off tube. I like the smaller batches at this point. It is way cheap to brew a batch, and I can literally throw something together in just a few hours, which makes it easier to brew more often. It just works for what equipment I have.


    @Evan_B

    If you wouldn't mind, how about putting up a thread detailing your process and equipment.

    I'm always impressed with brewers and the innovative approaches to brewing.


    I'd be happy to. It may take me a day or two to get a write up going, but once I do I will be sure to post it! Happy to share any experience I can.


    Beer porn!


    Actually, I'll just brew tomorrow (I have an empty carboy afterall), and snap some photos to go along with it.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • jlwjlw
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    Evan_B said:

    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    I am usually able to squeeze 2.5 gal in each, but just need to be sure to always have a blow-off tube. I like the smaller batches at this point. It is way cheap to brew a batch, and I can literally throw something together in just a few hours, which makes it easier to brew more often. It just works for what equipment I have.


    @Evan_B

    If you wouldn't mind, how about putting up a thread detailing your process and equipment.

    I'm always impressed with brewers and the innovative approaches to brewing.


    I'd be happy to. It may take me a day or two to get a write up going, but once I do I will be sure to post it! Happy to share any experience I can.


    Beer porn!


    Actually, I'll just brew tomorrow (I have an empty carboy afterall), and snap some photos to go along with it.


    Now that's the spirit.
  • C_BC_B
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    Evan_B said:

    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    azscoob said:

    Evan_B said:

    I am usually able to squeeze 2.5 gal in each, but just need to be sure to always have a blow-off tube. I like the smaller batches at this point. It is way cheap to brew a batch, and I can literally throw something together in just a few hours, which makes it easier to brew more often. It just works for what equipment I have.


    @Evan_B

    If you wouldn't mind, how about putting up a thread detailing your process and equipment.

    I'm always impressed with brewers and the innovative approaches to brewing.


    I'd be happy to. It may take me a day or two to get a write up going, but once I do I will be sure to post it! Happy to share any experience I can.


    Beer porn!


    Actually, I'll just brew tomorrow (I have an empty carboy afterall), and snap some photos to go along with it.

    There you go.

    You can also start putting a thread together and Save a Draft instead of posting it immediately. That's a nice way of working on a something like that.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    So I finished up my batch of smoked porter about 20 minutes ago. As I finished cleaning up I realized that I forgot to take the frickin' photos! I might be able to do a batch in a few weeks, and WILL remind my self to photograph the event.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • ThymThym
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    Evan_B said:

    So I finished up my batch of smoked porter about 20 minutes ago. As I finished cleaning up I realized that I forgot to take the frickin' photos! I might be able to do a batch in a few weeks, and WILL remind my self to photograph the event.



    Ahhhhh!!!!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    you should tattoo PHOTO on your knuckles so you remember.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    Lakewood said:

    you should tattoo PHOTO on your knuckles so you remember.



    Despite many warnings as a child I still have a bad habit of writing reminders on my hands and arms.... why stop now?
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • ThymThym
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    Evan_B said:

    Lakewood said:

    you should tattoo PHOTO on your knuckles so you remember.



    Despite many warnings as a child I still have a bad habit of writing reminders on my hands and arms.... why stop now?


    HA!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • N_ClarkN_Clark
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    I use plastic fermenters a I got sick of cleaning glass carboys and lugging them around. I only clean them with wet paper towels though so they don't scratch and give bacteria a place to hide. So yesterday I kegged my brown ale though and it left discoloration. I usually use bleach to clean but I'm going yo try a beer line cleaner soak this weekend as I've been impressed with what that removes from inside kegs. I'll try to remember to take a before and after pic.