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Old 12-22-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Advice needed for purchasing conical

I found out that I am getting some gift certificates to midwest for Christmas....so I would like to purchase a Blichmann conical. I have been investigating/researching for a while, but would like some more recent feedback/advice. Would you recommend buying the 7 gallon conical or the 14.5 gallon conical (for just $40 more)? I am leaning towards purchasing the 14.5 gallon conical for the value.

I mostly brew 5-gallon batches, but I do have a 15-gallon brew kettle and have brewed a few 10-gallon batches in the past. Is the empty headspace a concern for a 5-gallon batch in a 14.5 gallon conical? Should I just purge the conical (similar to a keg) with CO2 before racking my wort? Thanks for your help.

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:33 AM   #2
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wow that's awesome. Do you have many beer guzzling friends? How about temp controls? maybe the smaller one would fit in a fridge where the bigger one wouldn't? Head space is probably not an issue at all unless your talking about leaving a batch in there for 6 months. Queensbury? I'm like 20 minutes from there in Greenwich.

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:03 AM   #3
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I did not think the 7 gallon conical was worth the effort for only a 5 gallon batch.
So I swapped it out for better bottles.
But for a 10 gallon batch, the 14 gallon conical makes more sense.
Ymmv.

I don't think you need to worry about purging the head space.
Seems like it would fill up with co2 pretty quickly.

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Old 12-23-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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+1 regarding the 14 gallon; I've got 2 of them and thinking about a third.

BTW, you can find small tri-caster casters (brown furniture casters I first found at Wallmart) on line that will easily bolt to the bottom of the legs. I first tried a single caster that bolted through the existing hole. The weight was too heavy and the stems bent.

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Old 12-24-2012, 01:47 AM   #5
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Not really that much difference in price, and you won't ever regret going large. When your ready to start doing larger batches you'll be set. I went too small, and now am going to sell my smaller stout fermenter and get a 27 gallon.

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