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Old 07-26-2011, 07:43 AM   #361
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byzan, are you sure it's spinning in there? I tested a stpats ball in air (a wet venture) and it didn't spin w a 1/2hp $120 pump from the hw store. Got a pp one from mcmaster and it spins like the taz devil. Or is yers not a spinner? Waiting to post pics of mine when I make/get a nice ferm chamber (glass door?). I'd really like to be able to see all of my tc **** I spent $ on without opening a door.... it's silly but I'm a stubborn showoff gearhead like that.

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Old 07-26-2011, 06:00 PM   #362
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byzan, are you sure it's spinning in there? I tested a stpats ball in air (a wet venture) and it didn't spin w a 1/2hp $120 pump from the hw store. Got a pp one from mcmaster and it spins like the taz devil. Or is yers not a spinner? Waiting to post pics of mine when I make/get a nice ferm chamber (glass door?). I'd really like to be able to see all of my tc **** I spent $ on without opening a door.... it's silly but I'm a stubborn showoff gearhead like that.
Positive. I wasn't getting much spin with a small diameter hose that I was using with the 1/3hp pump. As soon as I put a larger one on that allowed for greater flow, it was spinning like crazy. I did quite a bit of testing outside of the fermenter to be certain.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:08 PM   #363
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What does the finish look like on all of the Brewhemoth fermenters everbody has received? Mine looks like somebody took a grinder and randomly ground down the thing. (And I am not talking about the spinning marks)

My guess is that the welding was not done cleanly and weld spatter got everywhere. Therefore they decided to take an angle grinder to it.

I was hoping this thing would be the highlight of my basement brewery, which is why I bought the tri-clamp fittings.

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Old 07-28-2011, 12:24 AM   #364
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You might want to contact them about that. Mine is nice, brushed stainless. Nice enough that I'm proud to show it off.

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Old 07-28-2011, 12:49 AM   #365
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Mine looked good as well... some grinding/polishing marks at the welds as expected, but overall very clean. I would definitely give them a call if you are not satisfied with it.

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Old 07-28-2011, 01:43 AM   #366
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I too went with the St Pats TC spray ball. I also bought a 4in to 2in reducer cap from them. The spray ball will need a 1/2 HP pump that can get the 50gpm desired spec. Hose size is the key......that and I suggest you use PBW or a home-blend to add some lubrication to the spray ball.

If you circulate the PBW for a good 15min you'll clean the heck out of the fermenter. Rinse with warm water and finish with some Starsan. It's more time consuming than a basic carboy but it's still fun. It's a good time to light a cigar and work on your next recipe!

I've used Sankey kegs in the past to ferment and cleaning them is basically the same except there's no return flow....obviously.

my next challenge is to rig up a cooling system with a control valve to run multiple Brewhemuths.

This hobby never stops growing.

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Old 07-28-2011, 01:55 AM   #367
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mine should be here soon

i had been planning on doing a 20 gal batch of Apfelwein to start in it... but i think instead i am going to try my hand at a saison since i have a friend who loves them from summers he spent in europe in college but doesn't like any of the ones he can get in Utah without sepdning $15-$20+ in a bottle.

He is going to come over to learn on brewday for his first brew day too
we are planning on doing a 10 gal saison. this should also be a good fit since i don't have the gear set up yet to use the chiller for it to do any other styles yet.

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Old 07-28-2011, 08:17 PM   #368
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Mine has a few random grind marks, but nothing I'm sad about.

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Old 07-30-2011, 11:51 AM   #369
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Anyone been carbonating their beer in the brewhemuth?

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Old 08-01-2011, 01:21 PM   #370
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I carb mine with no problem in the brewhemoth... I use a spunding valve to do it. Look up a thread from Wortmonger about closed vessel pressurized fermentation to find the details.

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