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#1 2014-01-23 07:07:39

SteveOR
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From: Oregon
Registered: 2014-01-21
Posts: 18

Speidel 60L Fermentor

Sturdy. Two handles. Easy to clean. It is a barrel and the entire lid comes off for cleaning. Spigot easy to transfer. My only concern is how many years or batches can HDPE really last. I am still using glass carboys from 1993.

Here is photo of a 20 L , 30 L fermentor . 60L in background
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Last edited by SteveOR (2014-01-26 03:00:29)


New 20L user.
No experience only 5 batches so far.
as of 28 feb 2014 Now 9 batches.

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#2 2014-01-30 09:37:19

cpa4ny
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From: Singapore
Registered: 2014-01-21
Posts: 154

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

Those Speidel fermentors surely offer a safer alternative to glass!

Some of the photos on HBT of injuries caused by broken carboys are truly horrifying...


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#3 2014-01-30 14:17:34

niels
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Model: 50 litres
From: Belgium
Registered: 2013-12-02
Posts: 153

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

SteveOR wrote:

Sturdy. Two handles. Easy to clean. It is a barrel and the entire lid comes off for cleaning. Spigot easy to transfer. My only concern is how many years or batches can HDPE really last. I am still using glass carboys from 1993.

No idea how long they will last. I bought a second hand 120L HDPE fermentor which had been used for a lot of batches, so the inside was stained/coloured and it smelled really hard. We fermented a few batches in it without any noticeable changes in taste.

I have read about people getting rid of the smell by soaking the fermentor in bleach. I never tried it as it also might result in off flavours due to the bleach.

The lid makes it easy to top crop (which is still the prefered way of harvesting top cropping yeast)!

cpa4ny wrote:

Those Speidel fermentors surely offer a safer alternative to glass!

Some of the photos on HBT of injuries caused by broken carboys are truly horrifying...

They are also a more efficient form. You can easily put a 60L fermentor in a smaller fridge while a 54L dame jeanne/demijohn wouldn't fit.

If you take care when cleaning so you don't scratch it I think it will serve you very well for a long time.

Niels

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#4 2014-01-30 18:50:04

Dicko
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Model: 20 litres
From: Port Lincoln South Oz
Registered: 2014-01-21
Posts: 151

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

A long soak with PBW generally cleans the "beer stone" from your fermenter and for my mind, never use a scourer. smile


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#5 2014-01-31 01:27:17

cpa4ny
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From: Singapore
Registered: 2014-01-21
Posts: 154

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

I am 10,000% with Dicko on this one. I NEVER EVER scrub inside of the plastic fermentor.

(I use Beer Cellar ones - http://www.brewcellar.com.au/beerrange/ ... tegory=61).

Soak overnight with PBW, pour, rinse a couple of times - and that's it. Sanitize and ferment away!

In > 3 years of brewing, I never had any sanitation issues. *touch wood*


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#6 2014-03-14 20:54:06

SteveOR
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From: Oregon
Registered: 2014-01-21
Posts: 18

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

Thanks for the no scrub advice. PBW is wonderful. I am trying an electric pump to spray down the inside , trying to mix 1 gallon instead of 5.


New 20L user.
No experience only 5 batches so far.
as of 28 feb 2014 Now 9 batches.

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#7 2014-03-14 22:14:10

paddye
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Model: 50 litres
From: The Hague NL
Registered: 2014-03-12
Posts: 30

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

when I started brewing first time round I was 15 and I was using my dads equipment that he was using the day i was born.  when i picked it up i didnt even need to replace the o rings, all i did was give it a good wash with a dish cloth and an over night soak in milton.  my parents were even renovating the house at the time so while i was brewing in the kitchen it was just a tap on a copper pipe over a dirt floor.

I have read a lot of posts, mainly on us forums that suggest replacing your plastic fermentors after as little as TEN brews, IMHO this is rubbish otherwise I would have to buy (in my dreams) a new egg every ten brews and at nearly 400 euros swmbo would cut my credit and other things off pretty quick.

i think so long as there arent any deep scratches in your plastic stuff youre ok.

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#8 2014-03-14 23:41:27

BrauTim
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Model: 50 litres
From: England
Registered: 2014-02-02
Posts: 54

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

The 60L fermenter is great, easily fits into a larder fridge, spigot is easy to draw from, the lid is surprisingly airtight (I don't even bother with the lid clamp) and it scrubs up clean very easily.

Last edited by BrauTim (2014-03-14 23:43:02)


To beer or not to beer, that would be a stupid question !

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#9 2014-03-16 13:50:47

royco
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Model: 50 litres
From: Durban, South Africa
Registered: 2014-03-06
Posts: 29

Re: Speidel 60L Fermentor

A small high pressure cleaner is inexpensive and does a great job of cleaning plastic ferm vessels, cubes, even the BM itself (just be gentle on the heating coils).
Makes cleanup a breeze and scratch-free.

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