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Drive By Vampire

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Hello. New to Forum
« on: April 11, 2019, 07:26:04 PM »
Hello everyone, I am a relatively new brewer from Alamogordo, NM USA. I have learned a lot from Craig on his Youtube channel and also was alerted to the 17 Brew Crew Forum through Craig. I think I have watched almost every one of his videos, in addition to others.

I have brewed 3 batches of beer - 1) an American Ale (didn't turn out so good), 2) 1776 Ale (just bottled it Sunday), and 3) an all-grain, one-gallon, English Pale Ale kit (still fermenting). All of my brews so far (except the all-grain) are from Mr Beer Kits.

I have a question for Craig or anyone who knows the answer: What are the general details on the two large FERMENTERS you use? And.... where can I get one? Maybe someone on here knows what brand and type his large fermenting containers are.

Thank you.
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Re: Hello. New to Forum
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 08:03:49 AM »
i think Craigs buckets are from Coopers kits. I think they have changed the way they make them now. here is a link to the new style
https://www.amazon.com/Coopers-Inclusive-Hydrometer-Ingredients-Accessories/dp/B004QCXWSA

I have switched to 2 Fermonsters they are great, fairly cheap and easy to clean. i use a soft sponge to clean mine.
https://www.morebeer.com/products/fermonster-carboy-7-gal.html

I started with a mr beer kit too, I still use the little brown barrel for test batches.
i still brew extract and all grain.

hope that helped you out with the bucket info
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Keg 4- HB Hefeweizen
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Re: Hello. New to Forum
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 11:46:16 AM »
Quote from: combat32
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I have switched to 2 Fermonsters they are great, fairly cheap and easy to clean. i use a soft sponge to clean mine.
https://www.morebeer.com/products/fermonster-carboy-7-gal.html
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hope that helped you out with the bucket info
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Thank you combat32. No, that's not the right one (nor is Cooper's new, which I think is the same one MRB sells, with the krausen collar). However!!!...... at the "morebeer" site I think I might've found the one. The only thing missing is the liter markings, which I can do myself, I suppose (in gallons).
https://www.morebeer.com/products/plastic-bucket-fermenter-spigot-79-gallons-30.html

Thank you for the link. It was there after all.

But it's not translucent. Oh well.
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« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 11:52:02 AM by Drive By Vampire »

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 09:49:29 AM »
yeah im a fermenting watcher ;)
thats why i love the fermonsters, i can see whats happening.
you could put plastic wrap over the top with a rubber band so you can look in.

here is another bucket
https://www.homebrewers.com/products/plastic-bucket-fermenter-spigot-79-gallons-30.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwkcblBRB_EiwAFmfyy4ejvlQF6CF8JpT9V3-QU0vcbvgDjJcTOPowFc5cYfes5_akAJEa_hoCz9cQAvD_BwE

remember dont settle for a piece of equipment, investigate until you are happy with your choice.
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Keg 1- HB Cream Ale
Keg 2- Chocolate Milk Stout
Keg 3- HB Peach Sour
Keg 4- HB Hefeweizen
Keg 5- Muntons IPA kit
Keg 6- HB Oktoberfest
Keg 7-
FV1- 
FV2- 
Planning- a Raw Ale

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Re: Hello. New to Forum
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 08:58:54 PM »
That looks like the same fermenter, but with a better price. Thank you.

Yes, I will investigate until I'm confident "that one" is the one. I'm not ready to move up just yet, so I've got some time. Just today I went to 8 or 9 different sites looking at their fermenters.

Gracias
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Re: Hello. New to Forum
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 02:24:40 PM »
Combat32 . . .

Is the 7 gal Fermonster large enough where you never get or rarely get a blow-off of krausen through your air lock?

I wish there were more options of something larger than the 6 gallon Better Bottles at the time I was buying fermenters so I don't have to use a blow-off tube for nearly every batch.

Drive By Vampire  . . .

6 gallon fermenters are way too small for most 5 gallon batches without making a mess even for recipes that are not considered to be "Big Beers".

Buy it right the first time.  Get something with enough head space.
Cheers & 17,

Jim,
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 05:34:59 PM »
yeah the 7 gallon is pretty good on most of my brews. sometimes i get a blowout depending on the yeast strain im using. just brewed a new recipe today using WLP066 London Fog yeast, fingers crossed on how active the yeast is.
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Keg 1- HB Cream Ale
Keg 2- Chocolate Milk Stout
Keg 3- HB Peach Sour
Keg 4- HB Hefeweizen
Keg 5- Muntons IPA kit
Keg 6- HB Oktoberfest
Keg 7-
FV1- 
FV2- 
Planning- a Raw Ale

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Re: Hello. New to Forum
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2019, 12:25:19 PM »
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Drive By Vampire  . . .

6 gallon fermenters are way too small for most 5 gallon batches without making a mess even for recipes that are not considered to be "Big Beers".

Buy it right the first time.  Get something with enough head space.

Thanks Black Dog Brewery. I'm trying to keep it a little larger also. The one I have been looking at is at the More Beer site and is a 7.9 gallon bucket, complete with spigot, lid, and airlock. It looks just like the one Craig uses without the increment (capacity) markings and it is opaque as opposed to translucent.

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2019, 04:44:54 PM »
This is the fermenter I am considering. If I could find it in a translucent polypropylene I would have already ordered it. I can put my own graduated capacity markings on it, that's no problem.

I think the reason I like these is for headspace and the ability to get in there and clean it. Plus, it has molded in handles for lifting and moving, as opposed to a pail wire handle.

https://www.morebeer.com/products/plastic-bucket-fermenter-spigot-79-gallons-30.html

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« Last Edit: April 17, 2019, 04:50:31 PM by Drive By Vampire »

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2019, 09:36:43 PM »
Great choice Vampire.

Plenty of headspace for a typical 5 gallon batch without having to deal with a blow-off tube.
Cheers & 17,

Jim,
New York

 

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