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John
09/21/10 02:43 PM  
Same/Different Fermenters?
Do you guys split your fermenters for doing sour and clean beers, or do you use the same ones for both? I'm getting ready to rack out a Bugfarm brew, and am really hesitant to ferment my next clean beer in this carboy, despite the success stories that I have heard from people who use the same set of fermenters. What do you think?
GuitarLord5000
09/21/10 04:20 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
I guess it would depend on what kinda fermenter you're using. I feel ok with using glass for both, with a good cleaning/sanitizing in between. I wouldn't use plastic for both, though. I've heard of people using plastic buckets for both with no problems, but as cheap as a plastic bucket is, I wouldn't take the chance.

Of course, I've only got 15 gallons of sour beer under my belt, so I'm not sure how much my opinion count for...

Cheers,

Dave

SteveG
09/21/10 04:45 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
I've co mingled, it can work.
brewinhard
09/21/10 05:23 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
Glass and stainless is no problem for both wild and regular brews providing cleaning and sanitation is up to par. I have not risked plastic anything (buckets, hoses, wine theif, etc) for fear of contamination.
Rob B
09/21/10 08:36 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
I use the same carboys for both!
jaymo
09/21/10 11:25 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
I keep mine separate. I realize some people share glass between the two, but honestly it just gives me an excuse to brew more often if I have separate sets for both!

I get pickier than I need to about it though and even have separate buckets for sanitizing my clean plastic stuff (tubing, siphon, racking cane, etc) and my bug plastic stuff.

manticle
09/22/10 11:00 AM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
I tend to keep most bits separate and the fermenters are in different areas. I do store my bottle conditioning beers in the same area as my sour/funks but the fermenting sacch stuff is a fair way apart from the fermenting or ageing brett type stuff. That said, I am cold conditioning my first brett beer in my one and only fridge. Will be giving it a massive clean and sanitising regime aftwerwards.

I have confidence that the glass ageing vessels could be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised for non funk beers in the future. for plastic stuff I'd rather not take the risk.

brewinhard
09/22/10 04:52 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
I don't think you have to be that crazy about it manticle. But to each his own!
tankdeer
09/22/10 05:11 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
Glass/stainless - yes

plastic - no sir

manticle
09/23/10 01:18 AM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
@brewinhard: I've had unwelcome infections before and tipping full mash beer is depressing. An hour scrubbing my fridge with bleach won't do it or me any harm. Tipping beer will.
brewinhard
09/23/10 07:49 PM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
I hear ya Manticle! Losing beer to an infection sucks for sure. It feels so demoralizing. I am sure your fridge will thank you and your brews will be healthier for it!

Cheers!

manticle
09/24/10 05:04 AM  
Re: Same/Different Fermenters?
Seems kind of funny - here we are deliberately 'infecting' some of our beers yet fussing and fretting over others.

The joys of the diversity of brewing I guess. I wouldn't trade it.

 
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