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Old 12-31-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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Just order my first 14.5 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter. I was wondering if anyone has experience using the conical to prime their brew before bottling? After dumping your trub and yeast, I can't think of anything that would prevent one from adding your priming sugars right into the fermenter and bottling from there. Seems like one less chance of contamination and oxidation to me. Am I missing something here? Thanks.

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Old 12-31-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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I don't see that being a problem.

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I think it would be difficult to get a good consistent mix just by dumping your priming sugar mix into the conical. I would still rack on top of your priming mixture in a bottling bucket and bottle from there.

The guy who I brew with swears by carbonation tabs. A little more expensive than just priming sugar, but in your case, you could save alot of trouble by just dropping carb tabs into each bottle and bottling straight from the conical.

The real issue I see is....you had room for a 14.5 gallon conical fermenter, but not a kegging setup?

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Oh yeah, not to mention the bottled beer doesn't come close in taste. I honestly would not brew if I had to bottle it. I brew about 20 gallons every 6 weeks (10 gallons each batch) and that's enough work between the mashing, sparging, cleaning, kegging, etc...

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I think it would be difficult to get a good consistent mix just by dumping your priming sugar mix into the conical. I would still rack on top of your priming mixture in a bottling bucket and bottle from there.

The guy who I brew with swears by carbonation tabs. A little more expensive than just priming sugar, but in your case, you could save alot of trouble by just dropping carb tabs into each bottle and bottling straight from the conical.

The real issue I see is....you had room for a 14.5 gallon conical fermenter, but not a kegging setup?
I haven't tried the carb tabs, yet. Worth exploring that option. I'm just trying to keep it REAL right now. I really want to start casking my brew. It's a hobby for me and I don't really mind the bottling, although I am going to start using the 22 oz. bottles. Really would like to get a beer engine for casking. Thanks for your comments.
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All I use are carb drops when I bottle. I do 5 gallon batches and bottle usually a six pack for aging. When I do bottle the drips work every time.

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