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Old 10-22-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default MoreBeer 14 Gallon Conical Fermenter and Yeast Harvester Review

I recently received my MoreBeer conical fermenter and wanted to provide my thoughts on the experience and quality as well as some decent pictures. This thread will get updated over the next week or so after I get in a brew day with the new equipment.

B3 (Beer, Beer and More Beer) 14 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Review

Customer Service:
Always polite (Very important to me).
Did not always have the answer and spotty telephone follow up.
It seemed there was a disconnect between Customer Service and the Metal Shop.
I’m certain I was anxious, but the timeline was 2-3 weeks overdue (there’s a 7-8 week build time) and no one called to let me know why there was a delay. I’d be fine if someone told me it was going to be at least a few more weeks…but no call or email at all.

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14 gallon conical
15” leg extension
Blow off kit
SS blow off bucket
Casters
Yeast harvester
CO2 pressure kit

Packing:
Excellent, packed with a plan, very compact, multiple boxes, no rubbing, double boxed, foam corners x 2…nicely done.

Quality:
I’m still looking, so far everything seems in very good shape, waiting until cleaning (pbw) and water test for final opinion and comments.

Sum of the whole:
15” leg extension
Wow…tall! (overall measurement and more details forthcoming)
Tri clamp onto stand. They (re)use the same parts as other areas (that’s using the ol’ noggin’…me likey).
I’m just tall enough to comfortably look down the top opening (almost five feet) to the bottom valve once assembled.
This does make a nice height for working with the Yeast Harvester as it is 15 3/16” from the bottom of it to the ground.

Blow off kit:
That’s one big @ss hose (1” ID)
The kit should have included a 90 fitting so the blow off hose makes a more graceful curve to the ss blow off bucket.

SS Blow off bucket:
This wasn’t on the list of accessories, but I saw it on the ultimate conical version and asked to purchase.
It looks like it will work well with just one zip tip holding it to the stand…and it will be quick release.

Wheel option:
Awesome…works well so far (not under load). Follow up forthcoming.
Tri clamp design…reuse of parts…nice.
They are “inline skate wheels”, not just rubber casters like from Lowes\HD.
The wheel assemblies are chrome\polished…nice quality housing, ball bearing support and have one of the nicest working brakes I’ve ever used on a caster.

Yeast harvester:
This thing looks like it should be a part of something dealing with nuclear physics…simply amazing…overkill…I love it!!!
If it works a fraction as good as it looks, I’ll be a happy camper!
Incredible piece of stainless steel and glass…and it holds yeast!

CO2 pressure kit:
Seems to be a solid build, comes with a plastic QR and hose barb (1/4”).

Points of origin:
It would be great to know that a good portion of this equipment came from the US. I believe there is a bit of work done (maybe welds) in their metal shop. The website does not detail, but here’s at least what I saw.
USA – at least on one clamp and more I’m sure.
China – SS T-Fitting on the CO2 kit.
India – SS Blow off bucket.

Pictures – Uploaded in gallery under Equipment, see link below. Keywords: conical, yeast harvester. I found it easiest to search under Equipment by UserName 'Zymurgy101'.

First Use – Forthcoming after first brew day.

First Brew – Victory Hop Devil AG Clone (Austin).


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...lery.php?cat=4

I hope this is helpful!

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It's.....beautiful....
How much did the whole setup cost you?

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Wow that thing looks magnificent!! How much did that sucker set you back?

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I bought the Yeast Harvester when it was about twenty bucks off as a 'Deal of the day', so that saved a little. Then I received a 10% off coupon once I registered on their site and I used that for the rest of the goodies. Everything was around $1200 once the dust settled. Let's see...how many six packs of DogFish Head 60 Minute IPA does that equal?!

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What volume does that harvester hold?

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It looks like it holds at least a pint, but I'll have to measure to be certain. Once I pull everything apart for cleaning, I'll validate.

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How do you control the fermentation temps?

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How do you control the fermentation temps?
My mud room until I get a fridge next year.
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My mud room until I get a fridge next year.
That's gotta be one heck of a big fridge
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Not really...13.7 cu ft should fit the bill...about $500 delivered new. My house is usually 72F and has always worked okay for my carboys. The fridge will just be the icing on the cake.

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