"old post but can anyone comment on these. just looking at something for occasional use when all my S/S kegs are full. can the be cleaned and sanitized property. I'm guess that they are designed for single use?
"It looks like you have eliminated the fermenter (maybe). Hoses, utensils, environment. Everything from the time you start cooling could be a potential source of infection. When are you detecting the bitter aftertaste?"
"No, I used to BIAB with a 3kW element and never got around to wiring it up for control as it would have required an SSR or similar. Now using a Rubbermaid cooler system and it holds the temperature well enough for my "rough enough is good…"
"Just be careful with pressurising them above "normal" beer pressures. There have been instances where these types of kegs have exploded in the US when pressurised above 100 PSI. While the nomal maximum for homebrew kegging is about 30 PSI…"
"STC-1000, fridge + copper tun heat pad in the garage. Maintains a steady 18 degrees +/- 0.3 degrees.
I only have the cooling output of STC-1000 connected during maximum fermentation activity at this time of year.
The heat pad seems perfectly capable…"