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Old 10-20-2006, 05:39 AM   #1
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Just saw this on Morebeer.com and was wondering if this at least compares to the flexibility that conical fermentors provide (dry hopping, pulling samples etc,)? This also appears to be a potential DIY project for the industrious individual.

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=7144


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Yes, it's an alternative. Check out these from SABCO


SABCO fermentor - tri-clamp version
SABCO fermentor - economy model


You don't have a way to dump trub and collect yeast easily. Those are the most obvious disadvantages when compared with a conical.

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I started building my conical fermenters as an alternative to these. Let me explain:

I want to brew 10-15 gallon batches. I don't want to pay for a commercial conical, so I started looking at alternatives. These keg-style fermenters looked great. My problem: I can't find a used keg at a good price, and I couldn't find those cool stainless pool filters like Monster Mash has. Oh, and I don't want to be a dirtbag and scam a keg by not returning it for the deposit. So, for $300, I can get a keg fermenter. For only slightly more, I can get all the parts to build my own conical, which is what I was looking at in the first place. And, if you haven't noticed, I like to build stuff.

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I have high hopes for the success of your conical, Yuri. Who knows? I might want one.

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I have high hopes for the success of your conical, Yuri. Who knows? I might want one.
Me too. On both counts.
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I've been watching your conical fabrication skills, Yuri, and am impressed

I too am interested in doing 10 gal. batches and figured these would be a good alternative considering they are almost half the price of a conical (new). I may just try to find plastic fermentors for now and decide which way I want to go in the future as far as stainless is concerned.

Thanks for the quick replies, guys.

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With all the talk of conical fermentors of late, this looks like a good inexpensive alternative. It is only five gallons though.

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=16678

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Just saw this on Morebeer.com and was wondering if this at least compares to the flexibility that conical fermentors provide (dry hopping, pulling samples etc,)? This also appears to be a potential DIY project for the industrious individual.

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=7144


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I'm probably wrong but I thought sabco says you can use the racking tube to collect yeast and dump the trub. I think that it rotates. Again I might be wrong here.
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I'm probably wrong but I thought sabco says you can use the racking tube to collect yeast and dump the trub. I think that it rotates. Again I might be wrong here.
More or less. They say you can siphon out about 85% of the trub and yeast slurry. It doesn't seem like quite as fine a level of control as you have with a conical.

You know, if you took one of the SABCO fermenters, cut the bottom out, then welded on a small stainless conical funnel and added butterfly valve and legs to the keg, you might be able to turn it into a conical with true dumping capability. It already comes with a racking port.
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With all the talk of conical fermentors of late, this looks like a good inexpensive alternative. It is only five gallons though.

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=16678
I've never noticed that before. I wonder if anyone on this forum has ever used one and could give a report.
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