Can it be done done a demi john?

Can it be done done a demi john?

Post by frothyscu » Sat, 18 Mar 2000 04:00:00



I've aquired alot of winemaking equipment and want to know
if i can make beer with it. Everything i've read so far
seems to indicate that beer is normally brewed in big
buckets. Is there any reason why i can't use demi-johns for
the brewing part?

What about storage? Does it have to be in de facto beer
bottles are will wine bottles do? what about leaving it in
demi-johns?

Thanks for any advice.

mat

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Can it be done done a demi john?

Post by Mike Uchim » Sat, 18 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Demi-johns should work fine as fermenters.

The potential problem with using demi-johns, or any non-beer bottles for
storage after the beer is done fermenting is that they may not be able
to withstand the internal pressure which is created when beer
carbonates.  You need to repackage the beer in beer or Champagne
bottles, or kegs.

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Quote:

> I've aquired alot of winemaking equipment and want to know
> if i can make beer with it. Everything i've read so far
> seems to indicate that beer is normally brewed in big
> buckets. Is there any reason why i can't use demi-johns for
> the brewing part?

> What about storage? Does it have to be in de facto beer
> bottles are will wine bottles do? what about leaving it in
> demi-johns?

> Thanks for any advice.

> mat


 
 
 

Can it be done done a demi john?

Post by BeerBlok » Sat, 18 Mar 2000 04:00:00


I've been using 1 gallon demi-johns as secondaries for about two years now
and other than dropping one I've not had any problems.

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Quote:
> I've aquired alot of winemaking equipment and want to know
> if i can make beer with it. Everything i've read so far
> seems to indicate that beer is normally brewed in big
> buckets. Is there any reason why i can't use demi-johns for
> the brewing part?

> What about storage? Does it have to be in de facto beer
> bottles are will wine bottles do? what about leaving it in
> demi-johns?

> Thanks for any advice.

> mat

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Can it be done done a demi john?

Post by David Whitwe » Sat, 18 Mar 2000 04:00:00


On Fri, 17 Mar 2000 07:27:21 -0800, frothyscum

Quote:

>I've aquired alot of winemaking equipment and want to know
>if i can make beer with it. Everything i've read so far
>seems to indicate that beer is normally brewed in big
>buckets. Is there any reason why i can't use demi-johns for
>the brewing part?

A guy in my club does his 10 gallon primaries in a 14 gallon demijohn,
then racks to two five gallon carboys for secondary/lagering.  He
swears by it. I plan to get one, but I plan to make a dolly for it to
roll around on - no way I'm subjecting myself to the risk of breaking
something that big!

Quote:
>What about storage? Does it have to be in de facto beer
>bottles are will wine bottles do? what about leaving it in
>demi-johns?

Do you mean leave it in the demijohn for carbonating!?!?!  No no no!

Wine bottles aren't a good choice because they don't take a bottlecap,
and they are thin walled - you'll either blow a cork or a bottle!
But, american sparkling wine bottles _will_ take a cap (I think you
need a bench capper) and will take the pressure - a guy in my club
puts all his trappist ales in these.

***************************************************
Brew On!
David Whitwell
Tacoma, Wa
Home of Half-Whit Brewing
"Because Half the Whits Brew, and the Other Half Don't!"

 
 
 

Can it be done done a demi john?

Post by kevi » Sat, 18 Mar 2000 04:00:00


There's no reason why beer can't be brewed in a demi-john. Hell, brew it
in your bathtub if you want!
Quote:

> On Fri, 17 Mar 2000 07:27:21 -0800, frothyscum

> >I've aquired alot of winemaking equipment and want to know
> >if i can make beer with it. Everything i've read so far
> >seems to indicate that beer is normally brewed in big
> >buckets. Is there any reason why i can't use demi-johns for
> >the brewing part?
> A guy in my club does his 10 gallon primaries in a 14 gallon demijohn,
> then racks to two five gallon carboys for secondary/lagering.  He
> swears by it. I plan to get one, but I plan to make a dolly for it to
> roll around on - no way I'm subjecting myself to the risk of breaking
> something that big!

> >What about storage? Does it have to be in de facto beer
> >bottles are will wine bottles do? what about leaving it in
> >demi-johns?

> Do you mean leave it in the demijohn for carbonating!?!?!  No no no!

> Wine bottles aren't a good choice because they don't take a bottlecap,
> and they are thin walled - you'll either blow a cork or a bottle!
> But, american sparkling wine bottles _will_ take a cap (I think you
> need a bench capper) and will take the pressure - a guy in my club
> puts all his trappist ales in these.

> ***************************************************
> Brew On!
> David Whitwell
> Tacoma, Wa
> Home of Half-Whit Brewing
> "Because Half the Whits Brew, and the Other Half Don't!"

 
 
 

Can it be done done a demi john?

Post by p.. » Sat, 18 Mar 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

>I plan to get one, but I plan to make a dolly for it to
>roll around on - no way I'm subjecting myself to the risk of breaking
>something that big!

I have to say that I agree. That is why I will only be using 5 and 6 1/2
gallon carboys now. I had a 15 gallon demi-john collapse in my hands
while pouring water out of it. I got extremely lucky and only got 7
stitches. *grin* It was a new bottle that apparently didn't anneal (sp?)
properly.

Btw, I got right back on the horse though. I've made 25 gallons of stuff
this week after spending Sunday night in the hospital getting the
stitches.

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