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Old 03-27-2008, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default What size Conical and what features do you like/want?

If one were designing the ultimate conical fermenter, what options and requirements would you like to see on it?
Dump valve size?
Product valve size?
blowoff
gas port
polished inside and out?

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I almost voted for the 13-14 1/2 gallon size but I've always brewed 6 gallon batches and that would just be too big.

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Dump valve size?

1" or greater.

Product valve size?

1/2"

blowoff

Yes.

gas port

Used to care. Not sure if I do anymore. Gravity is your friend.

polished inside and out

Unnecessary as long as there are no visible scratches.

Also, I'd want it to be jacketed for liquid cooling.
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I have no experience with these other than gazing longingly at them on the Blichmann site-so not sure about some of the options. However, they look like the way to go. I'd really like to move to 10 gallon batches, though, so that's my determining factor in my vote.

I'd have to pair my purchase with one of their 15 gallon brewpots - with thermometer and spigot, of course.

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Must be able to carbonate beer within the conical. Major requirement for me.

Sight tube as well. Not sure about the rest. EDIT: I'd forgo the sight tube for the above.

15g min. I wouldn't mind a few of those. And maybe a 27g

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I've seen that 42 gallon - and just can't imagine HOW I'd make enough wort to use that thing. The scale of it is so huge.

Really - for me, I just want to make my 5 gallon batches - and vary the beer I make each time. I've got a 30 gallon total capacity - so it's not like I'm short of beer...LOL

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I love the Blichmann ones but I have always wondered why they don't have a thermometer on them. It should at least be an option.

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Mikey want one bad!

I will find a way to make 42 gallons

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I voted for the 13-14.5 because I am collecting the equipment to go all grain 10 gal batches and I would like to not have to split them to ferment. I am not too familiar with the different options (valve sizes.) Guess I would have to do some research before I lay mah money down.

Anybody have a good method for a lower budget 13-14.5 gal fermenter?

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I went 13-14.5 because although I mostly do 5.5g batches, a few times a year I like to do 10g batches. In a 14.5g fermenter, the co2 from the initial fermentation of a 5g batch should purge the head space... right?

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