Cornelius (soda) kegs as fermenters

The following is a list of links to keg fermenter resources on the internet. I'll continually add to this list as I find more resources. If you know of others please post a comment here with a link. If you are interested to see what other resource pages I have created click on the "resource posts" label link at the bottom of this post or over there in the sidebar.

Some things I've figured out:
  • If you need a secondary fermentation, it can be done in kegs. I do it all the time now.
  • You can affix an airlock to the port where the pressure release valve screws in. Just get some vinyl tubing cut off about a half inch. Push your airlock into it then "screw" it in. Not sure of the exact hose size. (need to add a picture)
Things I've heard about, but, haven't tried.
  • Primary fermentation in kegs. The head space isn't large enough to allow room for the krausen. Some drops can be added to the wort to decrease the foaming.
Paul's brewing homepage: soda kegs as secondary (entire brewing process is outlined with pictures) This is my favorite site for homebrewing with kegs.
http://cruisenews.net/brewing/kegging/page1.php (secondary fermentation)
http://cruisenews.net/brewing/index.php (main page)

Bodensatz Brewing's: Soda kegs for fermenter (primary, secondary and serving)

Real Beer Forums Thread: Cornelius as a Primary

things I'm just not sure about
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/ProdByID.aspx?ProdID=6120 (soda keg conversion kit)

Basic Brewing Podcast with some corny kegs fermenting info. Link courtesy of Brian. Podcast courtesy of Basic Brewing.
MP3 Link

Looking for kegs.  From time to time you can find some at Amazon

If you are looking for books about home brewing...

Amazon: Home Brewing



Brian said...

I'm glad I popped over to your site today, very timely. The most recent basic brewing radio (listened to it on the train to and from work today) is with Chris C from BYO magaine. the entire show is dedicated to utilizing cornys as either primary, or secondary fermentors.

Not a whole lot of ground breaking stuff, but still definetly worth a listen.

Adam said...

Listening to it now. I'll add the link. Thanks :-)

Anonymous said...

Great info, I will be fermenting primary in a corny very soon.

Anonymous said...

Don't use Teflon tape to seal the bubbler. You end up with floating white film in your beer. Yes, don't ask me how I know this.