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Old 11-02-2011, 01:47 PM   #481
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Wow, you ain't kiddin'! They may have priced themselves out of the market with that price jump!
Sad to say but I think you may be right.
I bought my BH back in Sep. and I have yet to use it. Mainly because I have not had time to brew but hope to brew and use it this weekend. Anyways, I just added up what I have invested in my BH. I'm sitting at $969.17. I still need to buy a CIP pump, hoses and a glycol pump and temp controller. I have the BH in my 2 stall barn and the barn is well insulated so my plan is to heat the barn this winter. But if it turns out that my heater can't keep up (it should) then my plan 2 is to get a water bed heater and wrap it around the BH to control temps. Come summer time I'll switch to the glycol.

With the new pricing I think I would rather spend an extra $100-150 and get a 20 gallon Stout Tank. Yes, I'll lose 2 gallons of space and the ability to carbonate in the FV but I'll have a nicer looking fermenter with polished welds, welded on stainless legs and it will come ready to use with ball valves.

After receiving the BH I made my first order of valves, clamps, seals and so on and that alone with the new price would be over the price of the Stout Tank. I figure that by the time I'm done adding things to this BH I'll be will over $1300 into it. Granted, other then the legs that will start rusting and I'll end up replacing, it should last me forever.

The BH is a nice fermenter and could be even better with a few small changes and the old pricing made it worth having. The new pricing I'm afraid kills it. I totally understand why they had to jack the price and I thought it would happen sooner or later just wish I would have bought two when I got the one.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:59 PM   #482
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As a owner of a business that buys and uses stainless steel, this price increase doesnt surprise me the cost of stainless is getting quite high. It has come down slightly in the last few months, but not alot.

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Old 11-05-2011, 11:48 PM   #483
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ouch... im glad i got in on one when i did... i definitely would not be able to afford the new prices without waiting another 6-8 months to save up.

im into mine for about $1000 with all the tri-clamp parts and having bought the BH with chiller package.

while i could have also gotten a triclover Blichmann for about the same price...i still would have needed valves and parts in addition to it.

Im a bit confused on the "needing to order parts" as the price raise reason though... i thought these were being made from parts they buy anyway to make the oxygen tanks etc that the main part of the company uses.

It is what it is i guess. Stainless aint cheap or free.

I used to do procurement and accounting for parts, tools, machines, and raw materials for a mechanical engineering dept at a university... i know things can run up in cost pretty fast... id be interested to take a look at the numbers though... I bet i could figure out a way for brewhemoth to lower their costs and provide the same product or an even better one.

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:49 AM   #484
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The Brewhemoth is made out of parts from a discontinued line. The part we ran out of was the center cylinder. Having to buy that and the increase in cost of all the fittings, not to mention argon and tungsten, led to the price increase.

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Old 11-08-2011, 03:40 PM   #485
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I just got one and am using it for the first time. I really like it so far and definitely think that it is worth the new price.

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Old 11-08-2011, 03:58 PM   #486
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My new brewhemoth is on the truck for delivery today and I am stoked! I will report back with my review after I get some play time in with my new toy!

And Cfrazier77 where did you pick up all your valves at? I didn’t think they would ship the conical out so fast so I need to get my fittings asap.


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Old 11-08-2011, 04:18 PM   #487
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Wow! A lot prettier than the old one!

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Wow! A lot prettier than the old one!
If you look at his other thread, you'll see that he did the polishing himself.
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:06 AM   #489
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My new brewhemoth is on the truck for delivery today and I am stoked! I will report back with my review after I get some play time in with my new toy!

And Cfrazier77 where did you pick up all your valves at? I didn’t think they would ship the conical out so fast so I need to get my fittings asap.


Cheers!

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I got all my parts from Brewers hardware and St Pats. The valves are 4 position from St Pats.


I did polish it myself, I am happy how it came out. Here is the tread on it.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/new-...-think-279614/
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:20 AM   #490
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Hmmm..we'll have to look into ways to make the chiller more "finished".

I can say that the tightness of the coils vs. ease of cleaning did cross our minds, but we haven't had any issues to this point. Perhaps that is something worth exploring as well...

Thanks again for your honest feedback, everyone! It helps us make our product better!
One thing I'm noticing is that since the bulk of the coils are near the bottom of the fermenter, if I don't have active fermentation going, there tends to be temp stratification. Having the coils spread out would probably help that too.
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