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Old 01-12-2014, 10:27 PM   #21
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Not blowing up for science....just carbing at 15 drinking! :-)

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Took it to 10psi today to drop yeast. Had no problem.

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Old 01-13-2014, 07:24 PM   #23
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I talked to Derrin. Same as you guys said. He's in the works of getting pressure test certified, and a pressure relief valve, but no eta. I had emailed him this weekend before finding thus thread. I'm itching to pull the trigger on my first one.....

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Old 01-14-2014, 11:05 PM   #24
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I decided on the 14.5 gallon Stout Conical and it arrived today. It looks great! One small dent, but otherwise it is perfect. The welds are top notch and the butterfly valves are beautiful. I love being able to remove the top and clean the entire thing by hand. I can't wait to fill it this weekend.

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Old 02-06-2014, 01:19 AM   #25
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I will post a few more thoughts about my brewers hardware conical soon. Just kegged my smoked (briess cherry wood smoked malt) schwartz beer from it. Was a breeze.

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Sorry.

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any more thoughts beerbeer?

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any more thoughts beerbeer?
I have put 4 batches through it now. Cleaning has not been an issue. I have been putting a 2 gallon bucket under it and cleaning by hand. The large T/C lid makes that easy. It hold temp very well, and I have no problem at 10psi. I havent needed to take it to 15psi, but dont foresee an issue with doing so. I can fit quite a bit in there. I usually cool in 12 gallons and still have 7" of headspace. Kegging has been a dream, even compared to my B3 conical. This is mostly because of how well this fermenter holds pressure vs my B3. I can crank up the pressure and fill kegs in no time flat.

The only gripes are:

The racking arm could go lower into the cone. I tend to drop or harvest yeast out at day 7. I then drop a quick slug of yeast every other day or so until kegging. What this means is that I dont often have much yeast left in the fermenter at kegging. So, when I go to rack into kegs I am left with nearly 1/2 gallon of beer in the fermenter when the racking arm loses contact with the beer. This hasnt been a problem for me because I brew extra volume to counteract this. If you only harvest what you need and leave the rest behind the racking arm length is less of an issue.

There are some small pit marks internally from the welding process and subsequent chemical polishing, however they are polished well. I recently toured a large brewery manufacturer that was importing Chinese tanks for the craft market for breweries that want a cheaper option than domestically manufactured tanks and they were exactly the same. However, there is one unpolished pit on the inside ferrule for the thermowell. That area I am forced to squirt in alcohol and flame to sanitize. I am happy overall with the internals.

Overall, I am happy. I havent used my b3 conical since getting this. I have since welded the spunding valve I built since it was leaking, and drilled and taped a 1/2 barb fitting into the lid of my Nalgene harvest bottle so I can lightly unscrew this cap and essentially harvest in a closed system. I wouldnt change anything if I was on the market again for a conical.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:16 AM   #29
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I just wish there was one more triclamp fitting through the wall to hook a carb stone to.

Thanks for the feedback beer beer!

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I just wish there was one more triclamp fitting through the wall to hook a carb stone to.

Thanks for the feedback beer beer!
No problem. As far as the carb stone, you could always put an elbow, sight glass/union, and T/C stone at the bottom (providing you dropped all the yeast out) and carb from there. I've done that before on larger tanks.
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