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Hi - I've been searching high and low on the internet for stainless steel FVs sold ideally in the UK. I'm currently looking for 100L. As I want these for rum, I'm not entirely sure a conical FV is really necessary; however as I move to a still with exposed elements, I need to make sure the wash is pretty clear of yeast, so a conical might help?
Currently I've found a site called "Brewbuilder" which looks perfect; however after receiving an initial email response asking me to give the owner a call (3 months ago), he doesn't answer phone or email. Most of the other sites are resellers of decent conicals like Blichmann, Speidel & SS BrewTech but they are soooo much more expensive in the UK than in the US for example - probably twice as much!
I wondered if anyone in the UK (or Europe) has had a good experience / recommendation for buying reasonable quality stainless steel fermenters at a sensible price please?
Have you tried contacting @Sunshine if SD Europe has something? For plastic try Cider containers @ Speidel
If it's only 100L you need you could also opt for two (extremely conical) polypropylene vessels. There's a brand called FastFerment that has these, I pay 157 euro each for 53L ones. If a flat one also works that's even cheaper: stainless steel 110L for 100 euro. I use the 300L version of that for mixing.
Great! Appreciate the comments guys - thanks :-)
@jaytee One thing that you will realise with distilling is that you dont need extremely high levels of disinfection with your fermentation vessels when your making distillers beer as opposed to normal beer. I disinfect my fermenters and the do on grain mash and use the tanks as a mashtun and then on grain fermenters. Most of the time I will take the wash off and do the first run before it gets a lacto, but if it gets a Lacto. Often that is the best tasting whiskey, if you run it the very next day after it starts to turn Lacto. If your doing any bourbon washes a low ph a sour mash and a lacto make for a great bourbon. Personnally I have stainless steel tanks for my mash tun/ongrain fermenters but only because I got them really cheap and they have wheels on them.
These guys have a lot of interesting stuff - 100 Lt. stainless steel wine tank with air floating lid @ Polsinelli
Excellent! Thanks guys - plenty to have a look at now :-)
One more link, Italian producer: Containers @ Tabec Guastalla
205 Litre Brand New Old Stock Stainless Steel Tighthead / Twin Bung Drum £249.00 @ Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd