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Ken Zinns
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#1 Post by Ken Zinns » September 19th, 2017, 11:02 am

Found this video clip on YouTube - good lesson on why not to seal up a steel drum of fermenting wine with a clamp, gasket, and solid cap. Lucky for the guy who prodded the clamp loose that it shot out the opposite direction from him - could have done some damage!

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#2 Post by Jorge Henriquez » September 19th, 2017, 11:03 am

Thought this was about Talk Like a Pirate Day.
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#3 Post by Steve Edmunds » September 19th, 2017, 12:36 pm

that was downright majestic! [oops.gif]

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#4 Post by Sean Devaney » September 20th, 2017, 8:59 am

Wow! Did the fermentation push out the bottom of the barrel or do they come that way? If so how did the bung not blow out before deforming the barrel?

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#5 Post by Al Osterheld » September 20th, 2017, 9:11 am

Yes, the pressure was blowing up the drum like a balloon. The mistake was that they didn't use a fermentation bung, but rather a top attached with a tri-clover clamp. It was not the weak link in the system.

They were lucky. Pressure kills.

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#6 Post by Gary Schulte » September 26th, 2017, 8:08 am

They were very lucky. I'm surprised the guy popping off the to top was not wearing a little more protection. The ss barrels hold more volume than the typical wooden barrels but they are not mean't to hold pressure.

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#7 Post by Ken Zinns » October 3rd, 2017, 8:50 pm

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