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Old 04-21-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Minibrew 15 Gallon Conical

Hi Folks,

I just got my Minibrew 15 Gallon conical fermenter by UPS (quicker than expected) and I thought I would send some details.

It stands about 46 inches tall:



and 19 inches wide at the widest part (the cover):



It's made of very thick plastic - much thicker than expected - maybe 1/2". It's also very light.

It comes with these parts:



and the conical lifts right off it's base:



It does NOT come with a rotating racking arm - or any arm at all. It comes with the valves and the plugs.

The top two plugs are for various accessories - like the optional CO2 injector. The side of the conical contains a 1/2" female hole for a thermometer, it seems a little high and I would have rather had it sit a little further down for smaller batches.

What is missing is graduations... I would have thought they would at least include a sticker or something. Not a big deal but still.

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Old 04-22-2008, 05:17 PM   #2
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Price?.......

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Old 04-22-2008, 05:32 PM   #3
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I've been looking at those. Around $280 is as cheap as I've seen them online.

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I've been looking at those. Around $280 is as cheap as I've seen them online.
Plus add $50 for shipping:

http://www.highgravitybrew.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=159&idproduct=1603

Also - Something I didn't note about the plastic... it is VERY hard. I would find it almost impossible to scratch deeply without some serious effort or odd happenstance. It is not soft plastic like regular fermenter pails.
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Welcome to the club. I got mine for 400.00 off craigslist, and it came with a rotating racking arm. Child not included.

Take extra good care in cleaning that plastic. I have heard nightmare stories about them scratching.

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Welcome to the club. I got mine for 400.00 off craigslist, and it came with a rotating racking arm. Child not included.

Take extra good care in cleaning that plastic. I have heard nightmare stories about them scratching.
Funny picture...

I am not concerned about scratching it at all for a couple of reasons:

a) I don't use any utensils about the equipment (at this stage) that I can think of... maybe I use a plastic spoon to pull out krausen but I haven't done that in years

b) I will be using Clean in place.
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Well it's sounds like you have everything dialed in. Happy fermenting!

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Can this be moved with 10 gal. of brew in it? I brew in the garage, and would want to ferment in my basement.

Looks great either way-

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Can this be moved with 10 gal. of brew in it? I brew in the garage, and would want to ferment in my basement.

Looks great either way-
Safest thing to do is move the wort in a sanitized bucket in a couple trips I would think.
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Safest thing to do is move the wort in a sanitized bucket in a couple trips I would think.
I was hoping the lack of glass weight would make moving a 10 gal. fermenter doable. Maybe I could just pipe it from my garage down into my basement
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