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Old 02-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #1
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Trying to decide whether to buy the Blichmann or the Morebeer stainless conical (14 gal version).

I'm interested in being able to lager so the cooling feature of the Morebeer conical is appealing, but Blichmann makes amazing products.

What do those of you who own/use these think?

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Old 02-11-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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Default Take a look at the brewhemoth conical

I am getting ready to move into conicals and have my eye on this. The price seems right, and reviews from the HBT community seem positive.

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Old 02-11-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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I am getting ready to move into conicals and have my eye on this. The price seems right, and reviews from the HBT community seem positive.
If conical is 50" tall with an opening of only a 4" tri-cover, how the hell do you clean that thing? Don't get me wrong, I'd love one, just asking about the particulars...
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:35 PM   #4
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I was pretty much set on buying two triclover brewhemoths. They are heavy duty and made in the USA. I was planning on using a clean in place approach via a spray ball in the 4" triclover. I think it would be easy to clean that way. However, I changed my mind after seeing a pic of the weld connecting the dome top and the body of the tank. Unfortunately, I am back to looking at the Stout conicals...

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I'm a fan of clean-in-place solutions - using a pump with cleaning solution/rinse and a rotary spray ball.

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Trying to decide whether to buy the Blichmann or the Morebeer stainless conical (14 gal version).

I'm interested in being able to lager so the cooling feature of the Morebeer conical is appealing, but Blichmann makes amazing products.

What do those of you who own/use these think?
How are you planning to temp control this?
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If I go with the Blichmann I would convert a frig to a temp controlled fermentation chamber.

If I go with the Morebeer version I may get the cooled/heat version, although that option is pretty expensive.

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It is $1300 to jacket a Stout conical, Blichmann has no cooling or heating availability, Morebeer is the only manufacturer that offers a temperature controlled FV.

I own a Blichmann 27, and since I brew in my garage (ambient @ 60) I have to heat it in the winter. I used a fermwrap and cut neoprene and Velcro to insulate it. It works but in summer when it is 70 in the garage, my FV gets up in the high 70's and it is impossible to control temperature.

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We snagged a 15 gallon one of these off the classified and are loving it so far (2 batches in).

Our first batch we opened the lid a few times to check it out and a wild yeast got in

The second batch was a 10 gallon porter and the entire brew club was there for the brewing and the kegging.

It was dead easy to use for both ends of the process. It breaks up for cleaning in our shower and stores perfectly under the stairs so it stays warm. Since it is plastic it also doesn't weigh a ton, I can move it around all on my own.

I am thinking about doing a mead in it while the hubby is out of town

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If I go with the Blichmann I would convert a frig to a temp controlled fermentation chamber.

If I go with the Morebeer version I may get the cooled/heat version, although that option is pretty expensive.
The 14 gallon blichmann is too tall and will not fit in a standard top freezer fridge. Just about any brand 14 gallon conical is too tall to fit in a regular fridge. There are some stand up freezers that will fit a large conical but they are impossible to find used so you will need to buy it new. Just add that to your budget along with a controller.

FYI: I'm using a 15.5 gallon sanke keg as a fermenter. It fits in a standard fridge.
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