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BanjoPicker
07-12-2013, 08:32 AM
I'd like to convert some of my sanke 1/2 barrel kegs to fermenters for my R+D system. Is it just a matter of welding some ferrules on? Any help would be appreciated!

mwth0mas
07-12-2013, 09:07 AM
Check out Brewer's Hardware. I have used these on the homebrew side with success.

http://www.brewershardware.com/Sanke-Fermenter-Kits/

TGTimm
10-16-2013, 10:26 AM
This is about the slickest home-built keg ferm. I've seen:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/10313734936_05a8f55341_o.jpg

Built by Steve Carper.

Weld a Tri-clamp fitting to the Sanke (after removing spear and valve). Weld a cooling jacket between the bumps on the keg. Turn the keg upside-down and fab a simple stand. The lower fitting is very similar to one on a conical ferm--the large pipe goes all the way to the new top of the keg for pressure regulation and push when racking. The smaller fitting is for racking and pitching. It goes up about 3" into the keg to trap some yeast and trub.

I think Steve used a converted water cooler for the chiller. Some insulation would make this little ferm even better.