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Stainless Fermenter

Post by mikew » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:10 pm

Could anybody recommend any stainless steel pots like the ones commonanly available from France to make into a fermenter..

Have seen that Brew Builder sells ready made stainless fermenters, but buying one will take all the fun out of it.

Making one if i have the pot is not a problem, I have access to a workshop so can manufacture anything I need to..



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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by Haydnexport » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:13 pm

what do you want to do with it regarding addons?

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Post by mikew » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:25 pm

Haydnexport wrote:what do you want to do with it regarding addons?
With regards to add-ons..

Would probably look to add in a cooling coil, and heating with a temperature sensor to give temperature control.

Would want to have it airtight and add a pressure relief mechanism to it also.

This is all nice to haves but not essential. Would love a conical but couldn't justify the cost as buying a vanilla stainless conical vessel seems impossible.

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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by Haydnexport » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:07 pm

I'd go for a standard pot then, brewbuilders cheapest are ideal , in fact i've got one that I'm planning on doing the same with a maxi (already got one) to cool via a home made 8mm ss coil when funds allow , and have the sensor through the lid too with something like this http://www.bacbrewing.com/epages/990497 ... oducts/019 so I can move the probe op and down and i dont have to have it fixed to the lid

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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by mikew » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:27 pm

Haydnexport wrote:I'd go for a standard pot then, brewbuilders cheapest are ideal , in fact i've got one that I'm planning on doing the same with a maxi (already got one) to cool via a home made 8mm ss coil when funds allow , and have the sensor through the lid too with something like this http://www.bacbrewing.com/epages/990497 ... oducts/019 so I can move the probe op and down and i dont have to have it fixed to the lid
Sounds a great plan, interested to hear how it pans out.

How do you plan to make an airtight seal with those basic pots?

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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by mikew » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:27 pm

Haydnexport wrote:I'd go for a standard pot then, brewbuilders cheapest are ideal , in fact i've got one that I'm planning on doing the same with a maxi (already got one) to cool via a home made 8mm ss coil when funds allow , and have the sensor through the lid too with something like this http://www.bacbrewing.com/epages/990497 ... oducts/019 so I can move the probe op and down and i dont have to have it fixed to the lid
Sounds a great plan, interested to hear how it pans out.

How do you plan to make an airtight seal with those basic pots?

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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by Haydnexport » Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:30 am

I'm not going to worry about sealing it , i use mango chutney type barrels now and the lids are a very loose fit no seal and all is good.

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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by Fil » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:13 pm

a lid seal on a basic £25-50 33-98l stock pot from bergland etc can be achieved with poormans parafilm (ptfe tape).

odly thermopots with the silicone lid seal and 3 x lid clamps are worse to seal..

However i would question thee need and usefulness of maintaining a lid seal? why the need?
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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by cerbera84 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:59 pm

i’m using a speidel 30 litre plastic fermenter now and it’s the first fermenter i’ve used that i can actually use the airlock properly - all others have leaked through the lid. i wouldn’t say the lid seal is critical. i’ve also used a 100 litre stainless steel stock pot with a heavy book on top - that produced one of my nicest beers to date
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Fermenting: Simcoe SMASH
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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by thepatchworkdoll » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:12 pm

Hi CB84
In this instance you must have done everything by the BOOK then. Thats how it was a fantastic result. HA HA HA

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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by cerbera84 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:21 pm

thepatchworkdoll wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:12 pm
Hi CB84
In this instance you must have done everything by the BOOK then. Thats how it was a fantastic result. HA HA HA
i’m pretty sure if i owned a brewery, that beer would have been my BESTSELLER :lol:
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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by mikew » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:10 pm

cerbera84 wrote:
thepatchworkdoll wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:12 pm
Hi CB84
In this instance you must have done everything by the BOOK then. Thats how it was a fantastic result. HA HA HA
i’m pretty sure if i owned a brewery, that beer would have been my BESTSELLER Image
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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by johnmac » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:34 pm

interested to hear how it pans out.
Haha - pots and pans.

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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by Kev888 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:03 pm

An author alternative...
would be to go for one of brewbuilder's flat-bottomed fermenters as a base. It depends what you want in terms of bulkheads and how you are with stainless welding, of course. But FWIW a non-threaded triclamp bulkhead can be very convenient for hygienic couplings (and open up a world of very costly triclamp attachments and fittings!)
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Re: Stainless Fermenter

Post by brewpete » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:21 pm

hi i have the brewbuilder 200l flat bottom fv with a maxi 110 it fits in the cuboard under the stairs it is fantasic for the price but the tri clamp 1.5 fittings bump the price up a lot

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