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DIY Kegmenter

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by Lionman, 14/12/17.

 

  1. pcqypcqy

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    Posted 15/1/18
    I do double batches (10 gallons) and find the 50 litre kegmenter is fine.

    What I'd prefer is a bigger tri clover fitting on the roof. I understand there'd be a cost difference but if that thing was 6 inches rather than 4, I could get my arm in and clean the thing properly. Not sure if that's an option for you to look at.
     
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    Posted 15/1/18
    i have been using 50L kegmenter for 2X 19l kegs after losses from diptube etc and keeping a head space i reckon 58L would be "better"

    are you thinking something like a 4" triclover unit on top ?
     
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    Yes we did have plans to continue to use the 4" triclover on the top.

    The diameter is a trade off with pressure. So the larger you go the more difficult it is to make the lid seal.

    Typically with the 4" tri-clover you can get it to seal up at about 3 bar however if you go to 6"inch you might only get about 2 bar.

    So the question is do you prefer the larger opening enough to be able to accept a lower working pressure?
     
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    Posted 15/1/18
    58l for me
     
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    If there was option for 58L with 6in fitting I'd be all over it. I don't have a need to operate over 2bar...
     
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    Posted 15/1/18
    58L and 6 inch hole. More head space for 50L batches!
     
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    Automatic pressure release over 30PSI would be awesome as well. For many purposes it would eliminate the need for a spunding valve entirely.
     
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    2 bar is 29 psi which is more than enough for brewing purposes. Will let you fully carbonate most styles at warm temperatures and then cold crash.
     
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    ^ my point exactly - and no longer needing a spunding valve would make a pressure fermenter very enticing for purchase.
     
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    I don't mind the valve, I just wish it was more adjustable and came with a gauge that covered the required range.

    Spunding valves are not strictly sanitary so having one built in could be problematic. I like being able to remove it and pull it apart for cleaning.
     
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    I certainly don't want a valve built in but am happy enough with a vessel that self-vents at 30psi :) . I'd be planning to use a removable spunding valve (e.g. ball lock QD).
     
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    I'd be on the 58L band wagon too, though not fussed 4 or 6 inch opening.
     
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    A lot of arms find 4” difficult. 6 and 58 would get me in to this, whereas I am not currently as it’s all a bit so so despite the interest
     
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    Break a scaphoid (tiny bone in your wrist) you'll be in a cast 10 to 12 weeks, your arm will then easily fit through said 4" opening.

    Problem solved!
    (seems I've done this for a second time to my right hand see the doc tomoz for the results. Though upside I have 2 50L kegmenters that need cleaning so I be good to go when I get the cast off. Down side I can brew with said cast on)
     
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    Posted 15/1/18
    If I was to get one for $6 more then I'd get a 58L over a 50L, as more volume adds more potential to a piece of kit. However with a taller brew fridge in my repertoire now, I can afford to say such stuff.
     
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    Posted 20/1/18
    Pressure hose with an adjustable head negates the need for a bigger opening anyway.
    58 would be better though. I normally brew doubles in a 50l and have had krausen overflows when dry hopping.
     
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    Being as I can drink ordinary bitter quicker than I can make it I will be going for a 60 litre pressure fermenter,(make it myself) no worrying about any blow off going through the spunding that will be isolated out of the way.
     
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    Posted 22/1/18
    My vote is for 58L with corny keg fittings. Can still get in there to clean and aligns with all my other kegs.

    I am planning a sour solera and this size keg with corny fittings would be perfect for long aging with minimum 02 ingress.
     
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    Posted 22/1/18
    60 litre fermenter, easy to clean and fit all your bits and pieces to.

    Drum Heavy Duty 60LT - D60





    BRAND NEW Open head container with metal c clamp on lid. These are food grade and heavy duty.







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    The 26l kegmenters would be perfect. Definitely putting my vote in for these. Perfect for single batch size and a small solera project.
     
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