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Old 04-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default Anyone using a Stout Tanks System?

I'm looking at going for a 1-2 BBL system, and have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Sturdy Equipment. Since they are on a 2 year launch stall, I'm considering going with Stout Tanks instead. I'd love to hear some comments or reviews of their system.

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:22 PM   #2
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I am using the 80 gallon conical and I love it. Top quality construction and parts. Polished inside and out which makes it easy to clean. I build a sturdy dolly to make it mobile.

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80 gallons for home use?!

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I should be getting delivery of my 20 gallon 3 vessel + fermenter in the next couple of weeks.

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I believe the smaller kettles (2 BBL<) that Stout sells are actually made in China. This is theory but they look mighty close to the ones sold by PsychoBrew.com

I was writing a quote for a 1.5 BBL system and needed specifics.
Stout would not return my emails on equipment questions and Psycho was very quick to reply and supply the answers I was searching for.

Kinda disappointed because I was planning on using Stout tanks for my personal system

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We have the 2bbl Stout brewhouse setup (hot liquor tank, mash tun, brew kettle) along with 2 (soon 3) of the fermenters and the brite tank. We've been using them for a little over a year now and they have been reliable for us. The boil kettle could use to be a couple inches taller as some vigourous boils have nearly boiled over on us. Depending where you are using it you'll want to come up with some kind of insulation for the mash tun as it will lose heat. We wrapped some insulation in a tarp and use bungie straps to wrap the whole thing up. Tasting ports on the fermenters would be nice, but that's just nitpicking. Overall no major complaints about the system or the quality.

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Gduck, what style mash are you doing: Batch?

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Gduck, what style mash are you doing: Batch?
We're fly sparging with it. We recirculate the mash through a herms coil in the HLT to raise the temperature up before we begin the sparge, but overall it works well.
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How much heat loss were you experiencing before you insulated it? Know anyone doing direct fire RIMS at that volume?

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How much heat loss were you experiencing before you insulated it? Know anyone doing direct fire RIMS at that volume?
Depended on the time of year. Our building is barely heated so in the winter at best it's a little over 50F in there... In the summer... Much higher. During the colder months we'd probably drop close to 10 degrees after 60 minutes. With the insulated wrap we only drop about 2 degrees which is a lot less problematic.

Don't know anyone doing any direct fire on a system like this, but it would be a great way to go.
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