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Old 11-28-2006, 06:23 PM   #1
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/ProdByID.aspx?ProdID=6120

Just found this, anyone use one of these? a good idea? thoughts?


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Old 11-28-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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I'm going to start using cornies for secondaries, but I just don't think a 5 gallon corney is a good idea as a primary unless you scale back the recipe by a gallon.

And honestly, you can build someting similar for less money. Really, all you need is the gas coupler and some hose to make a blow off tube.



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Old 11-28-2006, 06:34 PM   #3
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yeah you are probably right, it looked kinda expensive for what it was..

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Another thing about corneys is that they only hold 19Litres, which is a) too small and b) an odd size. Or so I found.

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Not all cornies only hold 19 liters. Some hold 25...

I've been giving a lot of thought to this 6.6 gallon modified corny fermenter. It's pretty affordable, all things considered.

It's is one of the cool items I routinely drool over from SABCO. The one thing that has been holding me back is that I really want to move up to larger batches, 10 to 20 gallons, and I'm not sure I want to split batches into multiple fermentation vessels when I do. I might just need one of those 24 or 27 gallon conicals. Then I look at the price of the big conicals again and reality sinks in.

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Cornies make great secondaries for mead and ciders & for lagering, but there just isn't enough head room in a standard one for fermentation. It would probably be cheaper to graft an airlock onto a gas fitting. That would also make it portable. Or you could just run a tube from the gas connector down to a bowl of sanitizer.

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Not all cornies only hold 19 liters. Some hold 25...

I've been giving a lot of thought to this 6.6 gallon modified corny fermenter. It's pretty affordable, all things considered.

It's is one of the cool items I routinely drool over from SABCO. The one thing that has been holding me back is that I really want to move up to larger batches, 10 to 20 gallons, and I'm not sure I want to split batches into multiple fermentation vessels when I do. I might just need one of those 24 or 27 gallon conicals. Then I look at the price of the big conicals again and reality sinks in.
$150 for a fermenter? Nah, I don't think so. I'm thinking about cornies to replace carboys for secondaries, but I can't justify paying that much for a primary fermenter. I know it's high quality stuff, but SABCO's stuff seems SO expensive...
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This is another instance where I wish I could TIG weld like Yuri, Todd, or any of you other TIG-abled DIYers. $32.00 *2 for 5 gallon Cornelius kegs a $49.99 *2 racking arm the cut those kegs and piece together using a 10 inch spacer made from a damaged keg ($15) and have two 7 gallon fermenters for a little more than SABCO's design. I really need to gain access to a TIG welder at a community college and take a few evening classes. Heck, maybe the instructor would allow me to make these as a project as long as I promise to share the first batch with the class!

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I use a corny as the 2ndary fermentor & it's very useful.
This way you can keep the beer in the same keg to drink from. You can add finings if you want and when it's time to keg you can just blow off the yeast sediment in the first pint that comes out. In no time your ready to pressurise & mature. Dry hopping is not a problem if you keep them in a bag.
As mentioned before just use a gas connect & a blowoff tube. The corny really isn't suitable as a primary because the beer froths up too much & will make a hard to clean mess of the inside of your corny.



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