Originally Posted by TommyBoy44060
I wouldn't go as far to say they make Blichmann conicals look like junk and not just because I have one.
These might possess the options that you are looking for but they are missing several options that I feel are a big plus. I take full advantage of the soda keg hatch on my Blichmann and now that I have it I couldn't see operating without one. The leg extension option that Blichmann has is very nice so you don't have to get on your hands and knees to hook everything up nor do you have to be forced to either pressurize the conical or drag out the pump to bottle/keg your finished beer. Also I would suggest that this conical that you are talking about come with a sanitary fitting option.
The legs on the conical you have mentioned do look nice and 35psi feature might be appealing to some but if you don't have a pump or a CO2 tank to hook up to it somebody is gonna have to bear hug that thing to get it on a table. Is the fitting for the bottom dump welded on the conical or is it weldless?
Not trying to bash this conical. Just putting in my .02...
TommyBoy; as I reread it yes I was kind of harsh or shall I say the wrong choice of words towards the Blichmann's. Heck I almost purchased one until I saw these new ones that I posted above. I'm repeating myself but the only flaw I see is why Blichmann did not make a conical that will allow one to do a batch big enough to fill three corny's without going to their 27 gallon?
I see a hole to be filled with a unit of around 19 gallons capacity would be great and keep it in the smaller diameter as their 27 gallon is rather too wide for the refrigerator.
The racking arm and trub dumps look like half couplings welded in place. The inside looks like a mirror they're so highly polished, racking arm everything looks like chrome.
I can anticipate your next reply as being dirty threads holding bad bugs why not a Tri clamp nipple with a smooth bore welded to the tank bottom and racking arm. They are still open of ideas, this I will mention if an available option. As far as lifting for transfer that is why I purchased a March pump. Gray matter vs back as I have gray hair.
To cut a hole for corny lid is no big deal, plasma grind and polish down if I need one, that's least my worries, paying for that conical is.
No worries Tommy as Blichmann is still on my list besides I believe they can make different volume fermenters on request. The added price for this might be way out of range above the basic unit. It's just a little more stainless which is cheap but to custom order and jig it labor might be the deal killer. Heck a 15.5 keg was between 70 and 80 cents a pound 6 to 8 weeks ago prices have dropped since. World market demands. This is thru one dirty scrap yard I know of as all the rest will kick you off their lot. I know many cashing in copper for the company as a electrician over the past 30 years. One job was over $83,000 in copper to my best place of business. Sorry way off topic here i'll shut up nuff said above.