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Old 02-28-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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Anyone have and experience with conical fermentors? I've been looking at the Blichmann (very expensive) and Chinese made steel fermentors. I've read good and bad reviews about the Chinese ones. Also there's plastic conicals that are much cheaper. Any thoughts on quality, price, manufactures, steel, plastic would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! Duffy

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:41 PM   #2
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I have a blichmann. I love it.

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Old 02-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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I have the plastic Mini-Brew 6.5gal and it's OK. I think if I harvested yeast regularly, I would be far more pleased. As it is, I find that seating the rubber gasket when sealing the lid to be a real pain. It is easier to clean than just about any fermenter I own, however. And it's simple as heck to draw a sample for testing during fermentation.

I got it off of craigslist for ~$125 or so, making it equivalent in cost to 5 6-gal plastic bucket fermenters. I definitely haven't gotten my money's worth yet, in my opinion...

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Stout Tanks & Kettles - http://conical-fermenter.com/products/conicals/

I have one of the 7.3's with thermowell they sell and I must say it is very well built and a steal at there price.

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Stout Tanks & Kettles - http://conical-fermenter.com/products/conicals/

I have one of the 7.3's with thermowell they sell and I must say it is very well built and a steal at there price.
I am interested. Do you often pull the yeast/trub off of the beer with this? How has that worked for you? Do you ever dry hop in it?
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:33 AM   #7
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I have the plastic Mini-Brew 6.5gal and it's OK. I think if I harvested yeast regularly, I would be far more pleased. As it is, I find that seating the rubber gasket when sealing the lid to be a real pain. It is easier to clean than just about any fermenter I own, however. And it's simple as heck to draw a sample for testing during fermentation.

I got it off of craigslist for ~$125 or so, making it equivalent in cost to 5 6-gal plastic bucket fermenters. I definitely haven't gotten my money's worth yet, in my opinion...
You need to brew more buddy!
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:04 PM   #8
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Truth!

(I've got 6gals of a modified 70's homebrew recipe in there right now, which is bubbling away furiously, so the conical is not lying fallow, but I need to be using it all the time to justify the expense!)

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stout tanks & kettles - http://conical-fermenter.com/products/conicals/

i have one of the 7.3's with thermowell they sell and i must say it is very well built and a steal at there price.
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