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Old 01-31-2013, 04:32 AM   #1
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Default why did YOU buy a conical fermenter?

Im just curious what would make someone buy something that costs about 30 better bottles is all.

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Old 01-31-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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I've seen people talk about how easy it is to lift and pour fluid volumes while others swear by pumps. Some people HERM and some people just infuse in a cooler. It's a personal decision I'd suppose.

Bit of gear lust, bit of professional envy, minor increase in ease of use and sanitation, and a whole lot of personal preference.

I don't have a conical, but if I had the funds and space to add one I sure as heck would.

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Old 01-31-2013, 02:47 PM   #3
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I would love a conical for the ease of harvesting yeast but I think the hassle of trying to control the temp with a odd shape would make it a winter use only.

I would still love one

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Stainless - will last the rest of your lifetime and probably your kids too. No transfer to secondary. Easy to harvest yeast without opening the container. Pressurized ferments. AND THEY LOOK COOL AS HECK. Just a couple of the reasons I'm looking.

However you are right that you can get many many carboys for that price along with a bunch of other cool toys, so it's a matter of priorities.

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I brew 30 gallon batches. I used to ferment in three 15 gallon HDPE barrels. I used a pump to fill kegs. I got tired of cleaning the 3 barrels and using a pump to keg. Now I have a 40 gallon Stout conical and use a pump to CIP and sanitize. Kegging is a snap - use CO2 to push to kegs.

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I liked the idea of fermenting in stainless, the ability to dump yeast/trub out of the bottom port, and a little bit of bling factor. I certainly love my conical, but it is cost prohibitive. I'm not sure if I will be buying any more any time soon, I may continue to ferment in buckets too for a while.

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I would love a conical for the ease of harvesting yeast but I think the hassle of trying to control the temp with a odd shape would make it a winter use only.

I would still love one

I have a brewhemoth with the internal chiller/heater coil, makes it easy.
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I wouldn't buy/use one until/if I ever go pro. I prefer brewing 5 gallon or smaller batches since I like having a variety of beers to choose from. I have a couple favorites that I brew but honestly it would take me forever and a day to finish off 10 or more gallons of a single batch of beer and I'd probably hate it by the time I got done drinking it.

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I'm getting to old to lift F'n carboys... No... well yes but that was not the main reason. I just got mine, More beer 14.5, and only have one batch that is just finishing up so don't have much experience yet with it. I've been brewing 10 Gallon batches for a while now and spliting the batches was getting to me, the extra step of evenly distributing wort and yeast was a one reason. But I think the main reason was the ability to do a clean in place step, and transferring beer under pressure. Yeast harvesting is super easy, and it just looks sooooo nice!

Another reason for me is space, with carboys I need at least one freezer chest to ferment in, but dont have any place to age or store full kegs, so with my conical I had a chiller fabricated. and can just have a reservoir of cold water to pump through.
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Very nice on the chiller. Can you tell us more about it? Other than it is on a giant spider web. I would hate to see the size of the spider.

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