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Sanke Fermenter Kits

Stainless steel is the best option for fermentation. It's impervious to oxygen and light. It's also much safer than glass. (search any home brewing forum for "carboy" and read the horror stories about broken carboys!) Unfortunately it's also very expensive. Conical fermenters are the best of the best option, but also out of reach of the typical home brewer with starting price tags well over $400. The problem is also compounded if you're home brewing 10 gallon batches since most carboys and other fermenters are limited to about 5 gallons.

So what's a homebrewer to do?

It turns out, a Sanke Keg makes a great fermenter! You don't even have to cut it up or try to fabricate some crazy lid that'll never quite seal right. Like everything home brewing related, there are as many solutions to using a Sanke Keg as a fermenter as there are brewers. The low-budget method is to heat up a 6.5 gallon carboy cap and stretch it over the opening. Add a stainless steel racking cane and a blow-off hose and you're good to go.

A More Elegant Solution:

The carboy cap method of converting a Sanke Keg to a fermenter is effective and cheap, but if you're looking for something a little more elegant, a little cleaner and longer lasting, then our stainless steel Sanke Keg Fermenter Conversion Kit is the answer. Made from all stainless steel, it starts with a 2" sanitary Tri-Clover cap. A 3/8" compression fitting is machined and then welded into the cap. This allows the user to position a Linear Racking Arm as needed for sediment free transfers and for collecting yeast. finally a polished stainless steel thermowell and a 1/2" blow-off port are welded into place.

Features:

  • All Stainless Steel Construction.
  • Fits American-Style Commercial Sanke Kegs.
  • TIG Welded for a life-time of service - No End-User Welding Required!
  • 3/8" Polished Linear Racking Arm for Sediment Free Transfers.
  • .29" ID Polished Thermowell For Accurate Temperature Monitoring and Control.
  • Built-in 1/2" Blow-Off Port
  • American Sanke Keg NOT included.

A Note About Legal Sanke Kegs:

The best place to find a Sanke Keg is at a recycling or scrap yard or a brewery. Sanke Kegs are the legal property of the brewery who's name is stamped into the keg itself. Breweries pay substantially more for kegs than the $30-$40 deposit a consumer leaves with the store. Paying the deposit and then keeping the keg is still considered stealing and gives home brewers a bad reputation. On the flip side, I've also read plenty of stories about people attempting to do the right thing by returning the keg and being flat out refused because they didn't have a receipt or they waited too long. That's unfortunate because it's the brewery that suffers, not the store or distributor. But, what is someone supposed to do at that point? Please don't steal kegs, the Beer Karma will be worth it in the end.

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Replacement dust-cap for 3/8" racking cane
Replacement dust-cap for 3/8" racking cane

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American Sanke Keg Fermenter Kit with Thermowell

American Sanke Keg Fermenter Kit with Thermowell


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American Sanke Keg Fermenter Kit without Thermowell

American Sanke Keg Fermenter Kit without Thermowell

 

 


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Silicone Flat Half Gasket for 2" Tri Clover Compatible Cap

This is a specially made Tri Clover Compatible tri clamp gasket that is flat on one side to seal a 2" Tri Clover Compatible cap to a Sanke Keg Ferrule. This is a replacement seal for our Sanke Keg Fermenter Kits. 


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Viton Flat Half Gasket for 2" Tri Clover Compatible Cap

This is a specially made Tri Clover Compatible tri clamp gasket that is flat on one side to seal a 2" Tri Clover Compatible cap to a Sanke Keg Ferrule. This version is made of Viton for better resistence to high concentrations of alcohol such as distilling.


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Silicone O-Ring for 2" Tri Clover Compatible Cap

High temperature silicone O-Ring for sealing a 2" tri clover cap to a Sanke Keg Ferrule. This is a replacement seal for our Sanke Keg Fermenter Kits.


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Silicone O-Ring for 3/8"

High temperature silicone O-Ring for use with 3/8" compression fittings. This is the same o-ring included with our 3/8" compression fittings and also for the racking cane on the F1/F2 Sanke Keg Fermenter Kits. Replace the compression ferrules for a removable seal. Most compression fittings require two to seal, this part is for a single o-ring.


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23" Racking Cane
3/8" OD Racking Cane measures 23" overall.

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