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Conical Fermenter

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Conical Fermenter

Postby Ravershak » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:54 pm

Hi, guys. I am thinking of upgrading to a conical fermenter. I've been looking at some of them online, 7 gallon SS Brewtech and Blichmann, ones.
I know some of you have them, what are the advantages and are there any you suggest? Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Vic

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Jivetoast » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:17 am

Well, I can only speak for myself, but I used my SS brewing conical for the first time, I must say so far everything has been easy, from dry hopping to taking gravity readings. Also it has a coil so I can run a gycol system or even iced water through it to cool it (didn't need it the first time fermented 64-67*). Only suggestion is make sure that you size it properly, if you even have the slightest bit of thought of doing 10 gallon batches in the future at all make sure you think about that before.

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Ravershak » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:35 am

Great advice, thanks! So did you go with the bigger one or did you get the 7 gallon?

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Jivetoast » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:40 am

I went with the 1/2 bbl (17 gallons) because I plan on doing 15+ gallon batches

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Ravershak » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:41 pm

But you are still doing smaller batches in it, 5-10 gallons?

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Jivetoast » Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:14 am

This is my first batch, and it's been a 10 gallon one

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby chrisl77 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:32 am

you can make as small a batch as you want in a conical. The way you control the temp will determine if you can use temp control on a small batch. If you use coils inside the fermenter to cool the batch has to be large enough to cover a portion of the coils. If you just use basement temps you can make a 1 gallon batch if you really wanted to. A 5 gallon batch should produce more then enough co2 to push the air out of the headspace in a 15 gallon conical.

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Ravershak » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:35 am

Chris thanks for the advice which is always spot on and Kevin thanks for the info on the equipment! This is my Christmas present from the wife and kids so I will probably go with the bigger one. Kevin you're only 2 minutes away I'd love to see your set up some time. Thanks guys. Vic.

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Jivetoast » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:41 pm

I should be brewing tomorrow, after a bunch of cleaning and kegging. Finally got wheels for the fermenter.

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Re: Conical Fermenter

Postby Ravershak » Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:47 pm

Sorry just saw this. Wheels definitely a good idea I would need them dontnhave a permanent spot yet.


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