Originally Posted by Boerderij_Kabouter
SuperiorBrew, a.k.a. Rich, the owner of Bitter Creek Homebrew Supply in Slinger Wisconsin is working toward bringing in high quality stainless conical fermenters from China. He started this thread
at the beginning of the project.
He has graciously allowed me to be a guinea pig and use the fermenter for my next few batches to work out any kinks that may remain in the design. Rich has spent countless hours dealing with the supplier making sure that the quality is up to our standards and that every feature we could want is included in the fermenter.
Here is a list of features on this conical:
1. 16 gallon capacity (I have not measured yet, but that test is coming soon)
2. All stainless and polished
3. Welded legs
4. rotating racking arm
5. full 1" bottom dump
6. pressurizable up to 35 psi (you could carb in it if you cared to)
7. many more features that will be more apparent as this test progresses.
For now, I took a bunch of pictures and have tried to review the workmanship. In the coming days, I will fill the fermenter to test total capacity, pressure test it, and play with the dumps and venting options.
Without further ado...
Here is the beauty!
It has a taller slimmer profile than the Blichmann alternative. Here are the dimensions:
16 gal rated capacity
45" high w/o airlock
18" widest part of the clamp (upper right in my pic), can be turned any direction to fit into corner area
I really like the look of the legs. They are welded on, take no additional floor space, and look professional.
As you can see here, the shape allows it to fit very nicely in a fermentation chamber and allows a more efficient usage of available space. I tested it and I can fit the conical and two fermenters on the floor space.
Onto the details.
I recall a couple of years ago when these fermenters first came up on this forum that the quality was very high as these newer pictures still show but better.
The 7 gallon I recall held something like 8 1/2 or 9 gallons, more than the listed volume.
The larger 16 gallon might also hold more than the listed 16 gallons also, this would be good to know after a real water test was done.
I must add as back then I asked about having a larger capacity fermenter and was told they can make any size requested. With this I was happy as i'm wanting a fermenter that will after all the yeast, trub, spillage and what can not be racked off and still be able to have a net of three fully filled 5 gallon corny's for a net of 15 gallons for my efforts. Not 13 1/2 or 14 gallons net. If this net volume with brewing stouts which will have a larger volume of trub and yeast to dump out. That was my request to meet the the net volume from these larger fermenters. The shipping time as well the final price was also a factor asked by many members. After hearing about issues with importing and delays this fermenter went dead app two years ago until coming alive again now. Maybe with the past history behind us and China importing so many other items now these fermenter will come thru like all the other imported items. I wish you the best of luck this second go around as they blow away the Blichmann's is my opinion. Last time I mentioned that I got some replies for making this same statement, I know i'll get them again.
Back the first time a couple years ago I had a question and the answer to this reply was they can make them taller if requested and that it wasn't a problem. This had me happy and waiting as I never got the real volume measurements of the 16 gallon as it might be larger than 16 gallons like the 7 gallon fermenter holding 8 1/2 to 9 gallon instead of 7. I recall the importer was asking should he have those frementers cut down to 7 gallon in size. These volumes are off memory but I know they were more than the 7 gallon fermenter. JMO's here not to start any flame wars agains Blichmann and their faithful owners.
The only thing that worries me is the seal if it can be replaced quickly or any other material made in the USA that can be cut and butt welded with a hot wire.
I have done this with 3/8" round belts and trimmed the flashing after having a hot melted smash together. Again JMO's here.