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Old 07-16-2009, 07:20 PM   #11
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Derrin, that's a real beauty! Perfectly setup for vacuum transfers....

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Old 07-16-2009, 07:55 PM   #12
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Epic, I think this will have to be mine.

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Old 07-16-2009, 10:15 PM   #13
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Some type of measurement on the racking arm to tell you how far off the bottom it is would be helpful...

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Old 07-16-2009, 11:04 PM   #14
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The one I bought from St Pats ($120) was the best investment I have made homebrewing so far... it makes kegging from my sanke fermenters effortless....

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Old 07-16-2009, 11:22 PM   #15
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The one I bought from St Pats ($120) was the best investment I have made homebrewing so far... it makes kegging from my sanke fermenters effortless....

Do you push with CO2? Does the racking cane adjust?
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:26 PM   #16
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Looks like a hot item. I'd be interested in one also. This would work a lot better than a carboy cap with a racking cane stuck thru it. It might be a good idea to offer a model without a thermowell. Shave some production time and cost for those people that don't use thermowells on their fermenters.

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Old 07-16-2009, 11:55 PM   #17
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Wow guys! Thanks for the great response!

Let me try and tackle the questions without going back and quoting everyone.

First, all the tubing is 3/8" and sturdy at .035 wall.

The blow-off port is flush with the bottom of the cap.

The racking arm extends to the very bottom of the keg and can be removed while the clamp is in position.

Someone sent me a link to the St Pat's model while I had this in development to ask if mine would be similar. I thought the expense of the Tri-Clover fitting for the single purpose of attaching a hose was pretty silly and not worth the extra money. I do not, however, have a pressure release valve and do not recommend using this to pressurize the vessel. 1-2psi to initiate a transfer shouldn't be any trouble.

I'm putting these on the new site (I'm changing stirplates.com to BrewersHardware.com since it's more fitting) and they'll run $79 with clamp and gasket. Since I've had such great support from HBT users overall, I'm going to do a pre-sale deal of $65 through this link only: Welcome to Brewer's Hardware

The link is live, the new site is live but wasn't quite ready to go up. If you see a any typos, broken links or something that makes me look like an idiot I'd appreciate a note! If you cruise the site, don't order through the fermenter page as it'll come up $79. please use the HBT link.

I'll give the thermowell-less version some thought. I think in the long-run you'll be happy it's there but admittedly it's a difficult piece to weld (for me). I will be introducing a BrewTroller version that will replace the thermowell with a 14" DS18B20 sensor in another compression fitting. If you really want one without a thermowell, PM me. I think it'll knock about $20 off the price.

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Old 07-17-2009, 04:33 PM   #18
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Nice product.

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Old 07-17-2009, 04:39 PM   #19
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Do you push with CO2? Does the racking cane adjust?
I push with CO2 and the cane is not adjustable, I use a 2 90' elbows and straight pipe to pick my depth based on what i've done... i.e. if I have added fruit I will go 2" to 3" above bottom, etc...

Having the 2nd tri-clamp has both its pro's and cons.... if I get one of these I will do a side by side.
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:44 PM   #20
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How easy would it be to harvest yeast with this setup? Transfer under pressure?

I already have 1/2bbl for fermenting but this opens up a whole other realm of possibilities.

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