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Old 06-29-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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So first things first. I don't have conicals. I haven't ever used them. I am interested in having some, but I have seen some serious price tags. I happen to have a welder and can do pretty good stainless work. I have seen some plans on how to build them.

That being said, if I am going to make one I might as well make ten. This is by no means a solicitation, at this point anyway. If I did decide to sell I would register as a vendor.

My questions are, Is there a price point at which people not using conicals would get in? What is that price point? What sizes are people using? Anything I should know?

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Old 06-29-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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Well, I don't have a stainless conical. Just a 15 gallon polyethylene conical I built for ~$100. That's about my price point. Would love to be able to afford a stainless conical some day. Cheers!!!

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I wouldnt reallt be interested unless they were temp controlled. In that cast i might pay 250-300

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I wouldnt reallt be interested unless they were temp controlled. In that cast i might pay 250-300
Jon,

Yeah, I think I saw a deluxe temp controlled one for $3000 somewhere. Kinda thinking I might be able to do it a bit cheaper.

Hamilton,

You got pics?
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I really want a SS conical although I am pretty happy with my plastic conical (<$100).
I have seen the Chinese 7.5 gal conical on ebay for $240 with all the bells and whistles. I would pay upwards to $350-$400 for one similar that would take a 10gal batch.

That said, from all the research that I have done on them I think the Brewhemoth may be a match for me. It would probably top out at +$600 after adding the valves but that still is cheaper than most of the mainstream conicals. But $600 is a lot of money for me right now so I will be saving up for a while.

I have never used a SS and only use my Plastic homemade conical for 10gal batches.
Due to the large head space I don't like to use it for my 5gal batches.
I am not sure if it would be possible to build one that could be optimized for both 5 and 10 gal batches and fit in a fridge? That would be pretty cool.

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Jon,

Yeah, I think I saw a deluxe temp controlled one for $3000 somewhere. Kinda thinking I might be able to do it a bit cheaper.

Hamilton,

You got pics?
Yeah I just can't justify paying that much for small batches. let's say a Sanyo 4912, temp controller, and carboy are around $340. I guess i'd pay that much or maybe a bit more but otherwise....
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Hamilton, You got pics?
Here are a few... Conical & Fermentation Temp Control were ~$325 for materials (some I had on hand), and not counting my time of course. Cheers!!!













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