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Project by pel1961 posted 10-06-2017 05:06 PM 1560 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’m back for a second fermentation tank. My neighbor’s business, Peaden Brothers Distillery, has grown and keeping up with inventory required a little larger fermentation tank. The first one I built was 150 gallons. This one is approximately 330 gallons.

The tank is made from cypress wood, obtained from a local lumber yard that specializes in cypress. It has 60 (5/4”) staves (really easy math for the miters) mitered at 3 degrees, with crosscut dadoes about 1 1/2” from one end. You can see the dadoes in one of the pictures. Makes for a nice watertight seal when the tank bottom is fitted in place and banded. The tank bottom planks are 2” x 12” butted together with 1/4” dado and splines for added sealing. On this tank, I used a T-track and made a sliding block to mount a livestock water shutoff valve, so it can be left unattended while it fills.

After completion and filling with water, it doesn’t take long for the wood to swell and watch all the leaks disappear. Tank was delivered and barely fit through the double doors of the distillery. If they ever need a larger one, I may have to assemble it on-site. :)

-- Paul, Crestview, FL





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tomb8

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#1 posted 10-06-2017 05:23 PM

Beautiful. Have seen many 100+ year old ones in Thibodaux and Houma. Good Job!

-- TomB

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ohwoodeye

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#2 posted 10-06-2017 05:53 PM

Don’t know much about these but it sure looks like a nice finished product.
Looks fun and rewarding to make.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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pel1961

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#3 posted 10-06-2017 06:30 PM



Don t know much about these but it sure looks like a nice finished product.
Looks fun and rewarding to make.

- ohwoodeye

Mike,

They are used to ferment corn mash to start the process for making moonshine/whiskey. It is very rewarding. The reward comes, when it is filled with water and doesn’t leak. There’s no glue!

-- Paul, Crestview, FL

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pottz

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#4 posted 10-06-2017 07:18 PM

Don t know much about these but it sure looks like a nice finished product.
Looks fun and rewarding to make.

- ohwoodeye

Mike,

They are used to ferment corn mash to start the process for making moonshine/whiskey. It is very rewarding. The reward comes, when it is filled with water and doesn t leak. There s no glue!

- pel1961

s one reward,id say the bigger reward is when that whiskey is ready to drink-lol.you did a beautiful job on that tank,cheers!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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ralbuck

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#5 posted 10-06-2017 08:30 PM

Very nice; product research and development must be enjoyable too.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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pel1961

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#6 posted 10-06-2017 09:07 PM



Very nice; product research and development must be enjoyable too.

- ralbuck

Thanks, and R & D is great. It’ll make you a little one-eyed if you aren’t careful . ) I take my clients next door for tours all the time. Haven’t gotten them to put a tap through the wall yet, but I’m working on it.

-- Paul, Crestview, FL

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htl

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#7 posted 10-07-2017 03:33 AM

Very interesting and NICE JOB!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#8 posted 10-07-2017 08:46 AM


After completion and filling with water, ...
- pel1961

You had me in awe p’1961... initially… but with water… how can a man drown in a vat when he has to come up for air…

OK… (under my breath) a nice job on the barrel..

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 10-07-2017 11:27 AM

WOW, that is an excellent job on that tank. You area real cooper!!
What are the bands made of?
How do they drain it?....with a pump?
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 10-07-2017 01:25 PM

You did a very nice job on this tamk.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 10-07-2017 09:00 PM

Paul , excellent job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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pel1961

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#12 posted 10-07-2017 10:13 PM



WOW, that is an excellent job on that tank. You area real cooper!!
What are the bands made of?
How do they drain it?....with a pump?
Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Jim,

The bands are 1 1/4” galvanized strapping. Bought it at local hardware in 35’ rolls. Yes, the tank is drained with a pump straight into the press. It’s a real moonshine operation, minus hiding in the woods and fighting mosquitoes. Thanks for the nice comments. It’s a lot of fun to build.

Paul

-- Paul, Crestview, FL

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pel1961

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#13 posted 10-07-2017 10:14 PM

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.

Paul

-- Paul, Crestview, FL

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Bertha

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#14 posted 10-08-2017 10:25 PM

Do you get to take a dip in the mash? ;)
Really excellent work, done the way it’s supposed to be done. I like the shutoff trick.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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bchase

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#15 posted 10-13-2017 08:12 PM

Paul this is fantastic. I created a login simply to ask if I could speak to you about building one myself. I’m a hobby woodworker and had a few questions on the process. Could you email me at b.chaser2@gmail.com?

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