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Old 10-20-2006, 04:55 PM   #11
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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.

I like this one from SABCO. I don't reallY think I'd brew More than 5 gallon batches.
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:20 PM   #12
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I like this one from SABCO. I don't reallY think I'd brew More than 5 gallon batches.
Holy crap! Don't pay $150 for that! Just buy their lid and put it on a used corny.
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:36 PM   #13
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Holy crap! Don't pay $150 for that! Just buy their lid and put it on a used corny.
A corny is only 5 gallons, that keg is 2 cornies welded together to make it 7 gallons, that is why it is $150.
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:12 PM   #14
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A corny is only 5 gallons, that keg is 2 cornies welded together to make it 7 gallons, that is why it is $150.
I guess that makes it better. Maybe that's what I'll do with the 5 used (now topless) cornies I have leftover from my conical project.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:18 PM   #15
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I use a conical fermenter from Hobby Beverage made from Nalgene. It works great and only cost about $150. They advertise in all the home brew mags.

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A corny is only 5 gallons, that keg is 2 cornies welded together to make it 7 gallons, that is why it is $150.
They say they added 7 inches to the height for a capacity of 6.6 gallons. I don't have a corny to measure the stainless steel part of it, but I'm betting they could get three 7 inch sections out of a corny, or maybe a couple of 7 inch sections out of a damaged one. Nice way to use up otherwise useless scrap cornies.

It seems like a perfect fermenter for 5 gallon batches at that price point. Extremely strong and durable, and several will fit in a full-size fridge for lagering. The price certainly seems right, considering that you can ferment a full five gallon batch in one, then use CO2 pressure to rack to a secondary regular 5 gallon corny for conditioning then serving. You'd be able to collect the yeast and trub slurry, wash it, and save the yeast in the same you would with a glass carboy after racking to secondary. I don't see any real disadvantage to using these in place of regular carboys, aside from cost, and there are undisputed advantages due to their durability and space-saving design.

If you just bought the lid that Yuri pointed out for $29 and used it with a regular-sized corny, how many gallons could you ferment in it? I know you need some headspace. Maybe 4 gallons?
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If you just bought the lid that Yuri pointed out for $29 and used it with a regular-sized corny, how many gallons could you ferment in it? I know you need some headspace. Maybe 4 gallons?
I wouldn't hesitate to ferment a full 5 gallons with a blow-off tube...sure, you'd run the risk of losing a quart or so from blow-off, but it oughta work.
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