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Hot wort in plastic fermenter ok?

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by Coodgee, 10/12/17.

 

  1. Coodgee

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    Posted 10/12/17
    Is it ok to put hot wort (~80-90 degrees) into a common plastic 30L barrel fermenter? Are they made out of the same stuff as the cubes that people use for no chill?
     
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    Yes.
    HDPE
     
  3. Lord Raja Goomba I

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    I've done it more times than I can count.

    I'm not dead and no side effects from botulism either.
     
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    I have a concern about chemical leaching, but that's just me..
     
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    As opposed to cubes or those as well? HDPE is stable, rated to 110 dec C from memory.
     
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    Would not put 80-90 degrees wort into a fermenter they are not all HDPE and the heat does make soft and can distort the cube its put in hot and sealed where you can not do to a fermenter and if you put hot into the fermenter its going to take a long time to cool down and could get infected.
     
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    thanks guys I'll check that it's HDPE type 2 before I go ahead. I just need to pump my wort into a fermenter pre-boil as part of a convoluted wort collection process.
     
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    Posted 10/12/17
    I've put hot into fermenters many times and it hasn't even softened. No flavour changes. infections or resulting monsterism after drinking the beer.

    I wouldn't pour hot into my blue bunnings jobbies though, they're a pretty substandard item in terms of molding quality, sealing, etc. So I wouldn't trust that plastic either.
     
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    ^damn I was hoping for a little bit of monsterism
     
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    HDPE will cope with high temperature, but leaching does occur at mid to high range temperatures.
     
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    I've put hot wort into those blue bunnings jerry cans.
    No extra fingers grown as yet.
     
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    Any issue around the tap seal? As it is I have to use teflon tape to improve the plastic tap seal at the bottom of my fermenter to prevent leaks (and that's at room temp) - could hot wort compromise that seal in either the short or long term? I think I need to switch the stainless for my fermenter(s) with a decent tap..
     
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