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Old 03-30-2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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Does anyone use a conical fermenter. It seems like it would make think a lot easier.

I found info on two that are not too expensive.

The first is the Vvessel

http://www.homebrewit.com/aisle/1190

I think I would prefer this if it had a stand.

The second is this one
MiniBrew 6.5 Fermenter

http://www.mivamall.com/Merchant2/me...oduct_Code=f65

I think this second one looks more usefull.

Any one have any experience with either of these or other conicals?

Are there any cheaper 'do it your self' alternitives?

I was also looking at the 'fermentap' for use with a carboy. It's too bad they don't make conical carboys.

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Old 03-30-2006, 05:12 PM   #2
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I found info on two that are not too expensive.
that's like 6 or 7 carboys...
brewpastor uses some badass conicals... check his gallery
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Old 03-30-2006, 06:08 PM   #3
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They are probably nice but i can't think of any good reason why anyone would want one. They are expensive which I guess is a relative term. A family of 2 adults can or is only supposed to brew 200 gals a year and you can't sell it. The prices I've seen run from $469 to $2200.The $469 model brews only 7.1 gals. The $2,200 model brews 24 gals. I think they should supply a warning that if you drink all that beer you will need a liver transplant and maybe new kidneys to boot.

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The only drawbacks on those are that they are plastic, and you know the arguments against plastic and brewing.

I'd say save up and if you are serious, get a Fermenator or the B3 kind.

I'm saving up for one. Maybe next year this time I'll have one. I'm going 12 gallon too, provided I can find a fridge to put it in.

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I didn't know they made a plastic conical until I looked up brewby's references in the thread. All of the catalogs I have only have SS conicles. I got a feeling that the plastic ones are junk. I agree with Dude, if you are serious about a conical, save your pesos and buy SS.

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I'm saving up for one. Maybe next year this time I'll have one. I'm going 12 gallon too, provided I can find a fridge to put it in.
One of the reasons, besides the price, that keeps me from looking into getting a conical is the problem of cooling them.

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They are probably nice but i can't think of any good reason why anyone would want one. They are expensive which I guess is a relative term. A family of 2 adults can or is only supposed to brew 200 gals a year and you can't sell it. The prices I've seen run from $469 to $2200.The $469 model brews only 7.1 gals. The $2,200 model brews 24 gals. I think they should supply a warning that if you drink all that beer you will need a liver transplant and maybe new kidneys to boot.

The two I was looking at were $129 for the Vvessel and $150 for the mini brew

Still a more than I would like to pay.
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I love my conicals, really I love them, not in any physical way mind you, that would be sick, but I do love them. They are shiny and bright and they hold so much beer. They are also over the top in terms of a needed brewery item. But don't tell my wife that, I am already walking the line with her and all this gear (not really, but I don't want to push it)

The best thing is that they are stainless and clean-up so well. The second is the conical which does allow single vessel fermentation and removal of trub and yeast. A real probelm with them is size and therefore cooling/temp. control. It is easy to put a carboy in the frig, even a keg will fit, but with my units I had to figure out a whole other system, which was fun and is cool, but it hasn't been cheap.

I would be comfortable with spenting so much on a plastic fermenter. I would rather work with carboys or stainless kegs.

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For those of you with a lot of money to spend Morebeer has an ultimate conical for $2400. It is not only heated but has a cooling power of 50 degrees below ambient temp. You can do lagers in the summer in Florida. You can probably get a discount if you buy more than one. What a deal!!

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My LHBS sells a makeshift cnonical that appears to be this http://morebeer.com/product_images/1/4728.jpg and this http://morebeer.com/product_images/1/1582.jpg. I'm not sure how well it works or anything, but I have been considering a setup like this, possibly making my own stand, as I'm not sure how stable the plastic rings look.

BTW those same conicals are selling for $110.95 at morebeer.com http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=16678

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