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MrFugglz 02-06-2011 01:52 AM

Review
 
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Ok, so I picked up my conical fermenter and all in all, I am happy with it. It is not the highest quality, but for 1/3 tp 1/2 the price of others, I can overlook some of it's shortcomings..

Here are are a few pictures:

1) This is a picture of the hardware that came with it. All tri-clamps w/food grade silicone and 1 peice ball vavles. Came with 1 (1/2'') barb.

2) Decent enough Thermometer and thermowell, all stainless (no brass), with a silicone o-ring on the inside

3) 2 tri-clamp sanitary welds - bottom dump and racking

4) Inside view of bottom weld - no visible pitting

5) This is the most disappointing aspect of the conical - you can see that the inside weld for the racking valve is not sanitary. I am tempted to sand it down more, but don't know how thin the actual weld is.

On a brew day, I fill it past the thermowell with hot water and sanitize using 1-step or PBW.

Summary:

Pros: Great price, decent hardware, functional design, resulting in a good conical. A plus is that the conical itself is not connected to the stand, which makes for easy cleaning.

Cons: Overall thickness of the SS is thin and the welds are sub-optimal.


MrFugglz 02-06-2011 01:52 AM

Review
 
5 Attachment(s)

Ok, so I picked up my conical fermenter and all in all, I am happy with it. It is not the highest quality, but for 1/3 tp 1/2 the price of others, I can overlook some of it's shortcomings..

Here are are a few pictures:

1) This is a picture of the hardware that came with it. All tri-clamps w/food grade silicone and 1 peice ball vavles. Came with 1 (1/2'') barb.

2) Decent enough Thermometer and thermowell, all stainless (no brass), with a silicone o-ring on the inside

3) 2 tri-clamp sanitary welds - bottom dump and racking

4) Inside view of bottom weld - no visible pitting

5) This is the most disappointing aspect of the conical - you can see that the inside weld for the racking valve is not sanitary. I am tempted to sand it down more, but don't know how thin the actual weld is.

On a brew day, I fill it past the thermowell with hot water and sanitize using 1-step or PBW.

Summary:

Pros: Great price, decent hardware, functional design, resulting in a good conical. A plus is that the conical itself is not connected to the stand, which makes for easy cleaning.

Cons: Overall thickness of the SS is thin and the welds are sub-optimal.


MrFugglz 02-06-2011 01:52 AM

Review
 
5 Attachment(s)

Ok, so I picked up my conical fermenter and all in all, I am happy with it. It is not the highest quality, but for 1/3 tp 1/2 the price of others, I can overlook some of it's shortcomings..

Here are are a few pictures:

1) This is a picture of the hardware that came with it. All tri-clamps w/food grade silicone and 1 peice ball vavles. Came with 1 (1/2'') barb.

2) Decent enough Thermometer and thermowell, all stainless (no brass), with a silicone o-ring on the inside

3) 2 tri-clamp sanitary welds - bottom dump and racking

4) Inside view of bottom weld - no visible pitting

5) This is the most disappointing aspect of the conical - you can see that the inside weld for the racking valve is not sanitary. I am tempted to sand it down more, but don't know how thin the actual weld is.

On a brew day, I fill it past the thermowell with hot water and sanitize using 1-step or PBW.

Summary:

Pros: Great price, decent hardware, functional design, resulting in a good conical. A plus is that the conical itself is not connected to the stand, which makes for easy cleaning.

Cons: Overall thickness of the SS is thin and the welds are sub-optimal.


MrFugglz 02-06-2011 01:52 AM

Review
 
5 Attachment(s)

Ok, so I picked up my conical fermenter and all in all, I am happy with it. It is not the highest quality, but for 1/3 tp 1/2 the price of others, I can overlook some of it's shortcomings..

Here are are a few pictures:

1) This is a picture of the hardware that came with it. All tri-clamps w/food grade silicone and 1 peice ball vavles. Came with 1 (1/2'') barb.

2) Decent enough Thermometer and thermowell, all stainless (no brass), with a silicone o-ring on the inside

3) 2 tri-clamp sanitary welds - bottom dump and racking

4) Inside view of bottom weld - no visible pitting

5) This is the most disappointing aspect of the conical - you can see that the inside weld for the racking valve is not sanitary. I am tempted to sand it down more, but don't know how thin the actual weld is.

On a brew day, I fill it past the thermowell with hot water and sanitize using 1-step or PBW.

Summary:

Pros: Great price, decent hardware, functional design, resulting in a good conical. A plus is that the conical itself is not connected to the stand, which makes for easy cleaning.

Cons: Overall thickness of the SS is thin and the welds are sub-optimal.


MrFugglz 02-06-2011 01:52 AM

Review
 
5 Attachment(s)

Ok, so I picked up my conical fermenter and all in all, I am happy with it. It is not the highest quality, but for 1/3 tp 1/2 the price of others, I can overlook some of it's shortcomings..

Here are are a few pictures:

1) This is a picture of the hardware that came with it. All tri-clamps w/food grade silicone and 1 peice ball vavles. Came with 1 (1/2'') barb.

2) Decent enough Thermometer and thermowell, all stainless (no brass), with a silicone o-ring on the inside

3) 2 tri-clamp sanitary welds - bottom dump and racking

4) Inside view of bottom weld - no visible pitting

5) This is the most disappointing aspect of the conical - you can see that the inside weld for the racking valve is not sanitary. I am tempted to sand it down more, but don't know how thin the actual weld is.

On a brew day, I fill it past the thermowell with hot water and sanitize using 1-step or PBW.

Summary:

Pros: Great price, decent hardware, functional design, resulting in a good conical. A plus is that the conical itself is not connected to the stand, which makes for easy cleaning.

Cons: Overall thickness of the SS is thin and the welds are sub-optimal.



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