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Anyone using wooden tanks for fermentation

Just curious if anyone is using wooden tanks and if so, where did you get them?


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Limestone Branch was using barrels to ferment in. Not sure if they are yet or not.


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I want to, but have not found them yet.


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I want to, but have not found them yet.


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Roughstock Whiskey in Bozeman, MT does, I think they use 500g tanks. You may want to ask them what they think.


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Hall Woolford out of Philly, PA.


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Dixie copperworks makes them I believe.


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Thanks, Everyone.

I have found Hall Woodford and received a quote within 12 hours of the request. So far that is the only source I have found that can do 400 gallons. I'll put in some more calls tomorrow.

Roy


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I wonder how much of a hassle it is to clean the wooden tanks?


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Cleaning isn't a hassle at all. You also eliminate a waste stream since you can't use caustic or acids on them. You rinse them out with water when you're done.

Sanitizing is a different story. They can't be sanitized in the conventional sense. That's the entire point in using them, though.


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They also have issues with leaking, if allowed to dry out between runs. Can be resolved by filling with water, allowing to swell and reseal (much like an old barrel), but I'd be cautious in thinking that one could do that repeatedly for very long.


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Ron Low is the man at Joseph Brown Vats (http://www.woodenvats.com/)