Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by donaldrstewart » 6 years ago

At the suggestion of my LHBS I was considering the following: Taking an ordinary 30L pail and lid, drilling the lid for a bung and air lock and drilling a hole in the bottom of the pail, just above the trub line and installing a plastic spigot.
This allows for easy filling and cleaning, and easy transfer to a keg or bottles. It would be minimal cost, easier to work with, and eliminate the risk of handling heavy glass carboys on my concrete basement floor. Plus, after dealing with some personal health issues, I am getting a little more careful and always looking for an easier or more efficient way of doing things. And I'm getting lazy

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by Canuck » 6 years ago

donaldrstewart wrote:At the suggestion of my LHBS I was considering the following: Taking an ordinary 30L pail and lid, drilling the lid for a bung and air lock and drilling a hole in the bottom of the pail, just above the trub line and installing a plastic spigot.
This allows for easy filling and cleaning, and easy transfer to a keg or bottles. It would be minimal cost, easier to work with, and eliminate the risk of handling heavy glass carboys on my concrete basement floor. Plus, after dealing with some personal health issues, I am getting a little more careful and always looking for an easier or more efficient way of doing things. And I'm getting lazy
That's a great idea and I do the exact same. I've installed spigots in all of my fermenters. It definitely makes things MUCH easier!

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by generaltao » 6 years ago

Even after losing a beer and breaking a glass carboy, I still can't convert to plastic fermenters... Even with the spigot ease and everything, I dunno why! I might have a problem in my head. The pure logic and ease of the plastic fermenter are laid bare infront of me, I just can't convert...
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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by Stubrew » 6 years ago

I only do 20L batches so use the carboy mostly, only doing the bigger beers in the bucket, those I expect to go nuts.
I like to see whats happening occasionally, and cant do that in a bucket. Too many questions, like is the krausen falling? How much trub is there? Etc
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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by Canuck » 6 years ago

Stubrew wrote:I only do 20L batches so use the carboy mostly, only doing the bigger beers in the bucket, those I expect to go nuts.
I like to see whats happening occasionally, and cant do that in a bucket. Too many questions, like is the krausen falling? How much trub is there? Etc
Stu, other than the SS Conical, this is what I use for my primary fermenters. You can still see what's going on inside like trub, krausen, etc.

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by Mr Frugal » 6 years ago

Canuck wrote: Stu, other than the SS Conical, this is what I use for my primary fermenters. You can still see what's going on inside like trub, krausen, etc.
How do you transfer to your kegs/bottles with the spigot? do you attach tubing? I've been using an auto prime siphon up to this point. My main concern with having the spigot is that I'd snap the bloody thing off in the sink when cleaning (or some other clumsy way :bump:)

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by Canuck » 6 years ago

Mr Frugal wrote:
Canuck wrote: Stu, other than the SS Conical, this is what I use for my primary fermenters. You can still see what's going on inside like trub, krausen, etc.
How do you transfer to your kegs/bottles with the spigot? do you attach tubing? I've been using an auto prime siphon up to this point. My main concern with having the spigot is that I'd snap the bloody thing off in the sink when cleaning (or some other clumsy way :bump:)
Yep, I use food grade tubing to transfer into my kegs. I detest siphoning, which is why I installed spigots in all my fermenters.

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by birvine » 6 years ago

I am concerned about the cleaning aspect. Glass is so easy to clean. Mind you, with others using plastic AND spigots it IS possible.

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by slacker1 » 6 years ago

Fermenter with spigot people - how do you get your priming sugar into your brew without stirring up all the nasties at the bottom? I prefer using a separate bottling pail and pour my sugar solution into it before siphoning the brew. That gives a thoroughly mixed solution without stirring up any stuff from the bottom.

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Re: Single stage brewing and Festa Brew

Post by Canuck » 6 years ago

slacker1 wrote:Fermenter with spigot people - how do you get your priming sugar into your brew without stirring up all the nasties at the bottom? I prefer using a separate bottling pail and pour my sugar solution into it before siphoning the brew. That gives a thoroughly mixed solution without stirring up any stuff from the bottom.
I don't bottle anymore, but when I did I transferred the beer from the primary to a bottling bucket with a spigot. That's where I bulk primed. So now, instead of going from primary to bottling bucket I go primary to keg.

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