Wanted: floating lid for a 55 gal drum

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Does anyone know who might make a stainless steel floating lid with a inflatable gasket at the edge to fit a 55 gal barrel that has a 22.5 inch, (57cm)inside diam. I've seen them on the commercial fermenter tanks but making a 1000 liters of wine might piss of the ATF so I want something a little smaller.
 

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We use 55 gallon open top HDPE Drums in our small winery. We ferment and age. We racke with a stainless body pump with poly impeller. When we age we purge the headspace with argon.
 
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Does anyone know who might make a stainless steel floating lid with a inflatable gasket at the edge to fit a 55 gal barrel that has a 22.5 inch, (57cm)inside diam. I've seen them on the commercial fermenter tanks but making a 1000 liters of wine might piss of the ATF so I want something a little smaller.
I'm thinking if you found a machine shop to cut your disk at about 21", the solution to your inflatable gasket might be as simple as a bicycle inner tube fastened to the rim of the disk.
 

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Floating lid 55Gallon Drum

I assume you are using a straight side 55 gal drum. They are a little less than 22" Radius, But they have a lip which precludes a solid insert. The seals are available from StT Patricks in texas http://www.stpats.com/index.htm. We are working on a cross linked PE Foam lid which would be able to be installed past the lip and would be food safe. Will let you know when we finish the prototype
 
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I usually check before posting in older threads. Whombat joined Aug 27, asked this question, and hasn't been back. I have to assume he got his/her answer elsewhere, and this thread is dead.
 

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Maybe but its nice to get links like this and it might help someone else if it has been answered and actually I found something on that link that will help a freind of mine and I already pmed him with it so thanks Lakewood.
 

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