30 Gal secondary fermentation containers

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I'm ramping up my wine making this year and have started to plan and
buy equipment.  I've been making batches of 5-7 gallons of wine to this
point.  I plan to make around 30 gallons.

I have a large 55gal food-grade plastic barrel for primary and a new
30gal oak barrel for aging.  My question is what others are using for
secondary/MLF containers.

At 30gal it isn't too unreasonable to have 6 carboys sitting around
(and I already have 3).  But I've also thought about SS 15gal beer
kegs.  What do others use for larger-volume secondary containers?  What
do those who make full 55gal barrels of wine use?

Thanks in advance.

-Greg


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hi greg! we graduated to producing 60+ gallons /yr for the past 4 yrs.
because we're frugal (cheap) and a group (indecisive & obstinate) we've been
using carboys & 50 liter demi-johns ( glass & plastic) that we aquired over
the years. last year we did our 2ndary in all carboys because it was more
convenient. the carboys were easier to move around as we reno'd "the
winery." also, the carboys were more managable for us during rackings &
cleanings. this coming year we'll be at capacity & will have to review our
options too, as we look at "captial expeditures."   that's our story & we're
sticking to it. hope this was helpful,   regards,   bobdrob


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I prefer carboys over beer kegs...  my dislike of beer kegs is that it
is hard to purge all the air out of them due to their concave ends and
end-fill port.  Just IMHO
Gene

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I make 50-75 gallons per year, using food-grade plastic primarys (5-, 7.5-,
10- and 32-gallon) and glass carboys for secondary fermentation (4-ltr and
3-, 5-, 6- and 6.5-gal). For me the main advantages are the flexibility and
ease of handling these sizes -- although I certainly don't try to move a
32-gal primary even half-filled, and a full 6-gal has to be handled with
care!

Bart

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Variable volume stainless steel tanks are the best way to go when you start
making larger quantities. They have collapsible air tight lids that adjust
to any volume. They work well as fermenters as well as bulk aging. They are
also very easy to clean.

300L/80Gal.size is perfect for ~60+ gallons, and they're available from
30L/8Gals. to about as big as you want. You may want to look at a 150L or
200L for your needs. They're easy to move around if you keep them on piano
dollies. They can cost a few hundred $ or more, but since the wine in them
is more valuable, it's not an issue. And having the right equipment makes
all the difference. Hope that helps. -Bob


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