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Old 02-15-2010, 02:47 PM   #11
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I have a couple of the small SS conicals that were offered on Ebay a while back. For the money, I am more than pleased with them. I have used them alot since I got them back in July. On 10 gallon batches I simply split the batch which allows me to experiment with different yeasts on the same wort. I can see a few more in the future if they are ever offered again.

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:55 PM   #12
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. On 10 gallon batches I simply split the batch which allows me to experiment with different yeasts on the same wort.
Yeah, I do the same thing, as well as "cube-hop" with different hops (add hops directly into cooling vessel when doing no-chill). Plus, four just about $650, I can get 2 of the Stout ones delivered.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:06 PM   #13
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The morebeer ones are not cheap and have a 2-3 month lead time.
That lead time should be dropping here in a week or so, once we get our lid clamps in stock, so don't let that scare you.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:00 PM   #14
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The new MoreBeer conicals look the best to me. I haven't seen one in person, but they look great. I would go Chinese over the Blichmann even though John B. is a great guy doing great things for homebrewers. Sorry John.

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Old 02-15-2010, 09:24 PM   #15
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What I don't understand is all these conicals go from 14.5 to 24 or 27 gallons range, why not a 19 to 20 gallon size for those wanting 15 gallons or 3 full corny's net?
I've often wondered that as well. 1/2 barrel seems like a no-brainer...
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:27 PM   #16
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I can't move a full 14gallon one,that why. And if I split a 10 gallon batch between 2 14 gallon ones,that just seems silly...
I didn't get from this why you have to lift it? You can't wheel it around if it has casters?
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:35 PM   #17
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or put the fermenter where you want it to be and pump your wort to it.

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Not silly to go with the 7 gallon conical if you are only doing 5 gallon batches.
Sure, but the point is for the same price, you have the flexibility to grow if you want. You may be 100% sure today that you will never, ever want to do more than 5 gallons, but we all know how all-consuming this hobby can be, and a (expensive) stainless conical fermenter is something that, given proper care, will be around long after you're dust. You can always ferment 5 gallons in a 14 gallon fermenter.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:45 PM   #19
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I didn't get from this why you have to lift it? You can't wheel it around if it has casters?
I would torch and bend up a offset tri star frame out of 3/8" or 1/2" x 3" wide stock and make a drop center cart like a piano moving cart with castors to move it around. Weld short pipe stubs 1" high to pocket the legs into. I would not want to pull on each leg separatly risking conical body or weld damage when full. In the cart all three legs would transfer the forces plus the conical's locked in and not able to slide off the cart. Bad back zero lifting at my end.
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I've often wondered that as well. 1/2 barrel seems like a no-brainer...
Well it has bugged me for many years why they haven't made one for half barrel batches. i'll just add a cones to my spare kegs for my conicals. Call me cheap i'll save $1,200 to $1,400 minus the cost of two cones unless my friend rolls a couple for me at the shop. Labors free but i'll also have the capacity I also want. Weld on legs with a top ring having a "O" ring seal groove with a stainless lid and lock downs.

To add a extended domed top to increase a conical to 27 gallons that dome alone is big dollars plus the conical before adding this extended dome is still below the 1/2 barrels capacity to fill it before adding the dome. Screwed all the way around on what's offered to the public. Just because this is what they offer isn't what's right just live with it, no I say design what we want or build your own, and I will.
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