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Lining for a Fermentor

So I was thinking about how much of a pain cleaning and sanitizing carboys can be and thought of an idea… thick, food grade plastic bags to line the inside of the fermentors. If pulled off of a roll, I’m sure that the inside of the bag would be pretty darn close to sterile. Other benefits would be: worry free use of non-food grade containers, use of scratchable/scratched plastic buckets, and super easy cleanup. Obviously, depending on the application, this may not be suitable for long term storage, but I rarely ever bulk age in a fermentor anyway.

Anyone ever do this? I’d love to hear some criticism before I give this a try.

It sounds good to me, as long as you can get some sort of seal for foil or an airlock.

There is a brew on premise brewery near my house that does exactly that. Place the liner a bucket, fill with beer, let the liner hang over the side of the bucket and snap on a food safe lid with an airlock.
Seems to work well for them, as the are sometimes emptying 50 fermenters in a day.

http://www.vinepark.com/brewery.html

USDA and FDA approved can liners:
http://www.janisan.com/Pitt/highden.htm

I’ve never used them but plan to if I ever get my 20 gallon set up going, I plan to ferment in a lined 30 gallon trash can.

Just don’t use the scented liners - unless you want a lemon Kolsch!

[quote=“Glug Master”]USDA and FDA approved can liners:
http://www.janisan.com/Pitt/highden.htm

I’ve never used them but plan to if I ever get my 20 gallon set up going, I plan to ferment in a lined 30 gallon trash can.[/quote]

Those look perfect!

Hey, that kind of sounds good.

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