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Old 12-09-2010, 09:21 PM   #11
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I may be just trying to convince myself that I didn't just blow $269, but his feedback is solid. If there were major contamination issues, I would have thought people would have ranted by now.. While it may not be the most superior product out there, I don't think / hope it was a wasted purchase!

As soon as I take possession, I will post a detailed review + pics.

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Old 12-10-2010, 03:50 PM   #12
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I'm not questioning his feedback, but listing items that don't ship for a month, but only having that stated in the title and not the description, along with ebay's built in ship date calculators, could make some unhappy bidders. I want the short 14g conical from stout.

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Old 12-10-2010, 06:33 PM   #13
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They are not quite the same as Stout's, but very, very similar. My buddy bought this one and I bought Stout's. The similarities are so small, I can't recall most. The one that is striking, however, is if you get one with a thermometer. The guy on Ebay used a weldless set up. Stout welds a thermowell.

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Old 12-23-2010, 11:14 PM   #14
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I bought one. He's shipping after the 1st.

Unless I'm wrong here is the actual builder...

http://www.bikudo.com/product_search/details/231533/stainless_steel_conical_fermenter.html

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Old 12-24-2010, 09:13 PM   #15
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I have two of those conicals. The two conicals allow me to split a 10 gallon batch and try two different yeasts and two different hops. They have allowed me to hone some recipes.

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Old 12-24-2010, 09:19 PM   #16
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I bought one. He's shipping after the 1st.

Unless I'm wrong here is the actual builder...

http://www.bikudo.com/product_search/details/231533/stainless_steel_conical_fermenter.html
Interesting. Went to the company's site here: http://www.hz-kehao.com/en/

Seems that the one sold on ebay is listed as "Old 2008 design." Their new "2010 design" is actually bloody nice:



Triclover lid, plus a smaller triclover port on the top for dry hopping, etc. This conical, is the business. And how can you argue with "We have agencies of home brew vessels in USA. So you don’t need worry about the ocean shipping and customs clearance. Just contact us."

I wonder if there are any enterprising HBTers out there interested in getting a group buy of these going...
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:38 PM   #17
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Interesting. Went to the company's site here: http://www.hz-kehao.com/en/

Seems that the one sold on ebay is listed as "Old 2008 design." Their new "2010 design" is actually bloody nice:



Triclover lid, plus a smaller triclover port on the top for dry hopping, etc. This conical, is the business. And how can you argue with "We have agencies of home brew vessels in USA. So you don’t need worry about the ocean shipping and customs clearance. Just contact us."

I wonder if there are any enterprising HBTers out there interested in getting a group buy of these going...
That is nice. Under $400 I'd buy one for sure.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:52 AM   #18
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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.

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Old 02-06-2011, 01:35 PM   #19
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It'll get the job done Congrats!

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