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Old 03-18-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default Conical, Blinkman vs. Stout Tanks

So i'm looking to upgrade from carboys to a conical fermenter so i can harvest yeast and reuse it.

I live in Seattle and am torn between aquiring a Blinkman 27 gal

http://store.homebrewheaven.com/27-g...tom-p1048.aspx

or a Stout Tanks 27 gal

http://conical-fermenter.com/products/conicals/

The Blinkman i can get just outside of town at Homebrew Heaven and the Stout tanks will require me to drive down to Portland (which would be a fun trip and all) and i believe i will have to make a special order. The stout tanks one is all triclamp fittings and the blinkman cost extra for those. I dont know if i really want to go to triclamp fittings although i know that they are better for sanitation and cleaning. Any thoughts on this from some people who are experianced with these products to share with me??

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-Brad

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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Well i guess it doesnt matter that much anymore, i talked to John of Stout Tanks and he pretty much quelled any concerns i had, will have to wait till June for my conical but i went ahead and put down a deposit on one.

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Old 03-19-2011, 01:22 PM   #3
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I have the blichmann and I wish I had gone with the stout tank, the rotating racking arm leaks. Only a little bit but its stressful watching beer come out of a 27 gallon conical

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Yeah that was what John says about the rotating racking arm too, they leak.

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Old 03-20-2011, 03:34 PM   #5
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I had John make me 2 custom kettles for my new system... He is a good guy and the kettles turned out great.
I would go for all triclover fitting..

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Old 03-24-2011, 02:25 PM   #6
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Go with Stout- no doubt. I have 3 vessels from him. Love them all and the price is great.

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I have two Blichman conicals and my racking arms do not leak. In any case, I'm sure if you called Blichman up they'd do whatever it takes to fix the problem.

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Do you find the racking arm to be useful?

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I went onto the Stout site today for the first time in a couple of months. Has his prices gone up? The standard 7.3g seem to be about 20% higher.

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Do you find the racking arm to be useful?
Yes, but the rotation feature has not been necessary in the dozen batches I've brewed in them so far. The solids have always been below the level of the tube bottom in the straight down position. After brewing a low gravity beer I rack into kegs then pour the next,higher gravity batch, on the remaining lees. I'll brew two beers that way before discarding the yeast.
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