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Old 08-22-2010, 11:49 AM   #11
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One question in particular is if you look at the comparisons on Blichmann and Stout pages things don't really match up, i.e. Stout says their tanks offer Sanitary Commercial Food Grade Welding, while Blichmann says their tanks are weldless and the most sanitary. Any thoughts?
I have a 7.5 gallon by Stout amd am very pleased with both the product and any dealings I have had with them.

I see no weld in the tank I have internally, so I have to believe that the
weld is perfect and polished to a mirror finish. I have used it for 2 brews so far.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:44 PM   #12
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Just to follow up on this. we ended up purchasing the 42 gallon Blichmann last year (actually 1.5 years ago). We chose the Blichmann b/c it was available immediately and it came in a box that was 80 cubic inches - which is was the size limit at the time for luggage on planes.
We've probably done upwards of 30 batches with the conical. Here are my thoughts:
pros - light weight, well built, nice looking, right height, went with the casters and leg extensions and it moves around nicely. Ok to clean but any difficulties are likely because of the extra height from the leg extensions
neg - lots of parts, the clamp around the middle can be fickle, the rotating racking arm tends to leak when we rotate it. "In/fill" port was not standard, even with the tri-clover option.

Overall, we are happy with it. If we can afford the import cost I would definitely like to try a stout fermenter or bright beer tank.

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Old 01-17-2012, 10:42 PM   #13
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John is an incredible guy to work with from Stout Tanks...I bought the 80gal conical and it is beautiful...

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Old 01-18-2012, 01:44 AM   #14
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We chose the Blichmann b/c it was available immediately and it came in a box that was 80 cubic inches - which is was the size limit at the time for luggage on planes.
Am I reading this correctly? You checked a conical as luggage?

If so, I would have loved to see that rolling through the baggage terminal.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:58 AM   #15
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I started out with the 7.5 gallon, then upped to the 14.5 gallon, and my 27 gallon just came in last week. I love stout tanks stuff and have never had a problem. I also have a blichmann 14 gallon tank and although it works great and there are features it has that I like, I don't think it's worth the extra price. I'm not a blichmann hater either, I have 5 of their kettles and pretty much every accessory they sell.

Edit: I didn't see this was an old threat brought back from the grave...oops.

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Old 03-05-2012, 01:29 AM   #16
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Old thread, but still relevant. I'm pretty convinced both are good products. just to clarify, the Blichmann Ferminator is only pressurized up to 3PSI, enough for moving beer but not carbing. I must have overtightened the rotating racking arm the first time I assembled it b/c it leaks when you rotate it. I can see the indentation around the hole when I remove it for cleaning. Also, the silicone seal developed a bunch of small tears where it fits into the bottom half of the fermenter. We probably got about 30+ brews on it before noticing the cuts. $37 for a new gasket on that. I'm not dissing it b/c it's pretty slick, and while I posted before it has a lot of parts as a negative, I'm not sure I still believe that is a drawback (I'm learning every day with this brewing bidness).

We are desperate for a bright beer tank but the 37 gallon Stout tank is about 95 cubic inches and 120 lbs. or so... slightly too large/heavy for the old airplane ride... although the rules seem to change all the time and Spirit Air may be up for it. If anyone's interested I'll comment on it for future reference... off topic?

Anyone happen to know the weight of the top section of the 37 gallon stout bright beer tank? We've asked Stout so many questions over the last week I'd love to not bother them if possible.

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