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6.5 to 7 gallon 30 34.48%
13 to 14.5 gallon 55 63.22%
27 7 8.05%
42 5 5.75%
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:22 PM   #11
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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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Old 03-27-2008, 04:59 PM   #12
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I recently bought a MiniBrew 6.5gal fermentor. You can find them on eBay for under $150.

It's not stainless steel, but then again nether is my back. I've really enjoyed it, works well, cleans up easy, is lighter than a glass carboy, and you can dump trub so no need for a secondary.

The way I've got everything organized, I can go from the brewpot/chiller, to the fermentor, to the keg, and never have to touch open air. Everything connects via 1/2" stainless quick connects, except to the keg where the 1/2" connection gets converted to a 1/4" for the ball-lock on the OUT side of the cornie.

Since I've started brewing my back has progressively degraded, so my whole operation revolves around not lifting 5 gallons of beer any more than absolutely possible.

So far so good!

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:28 PM   #13
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I vote 42 gallon. I would want the ability to hold up to higher psi (like 50 to be sure about everything) and would also want a self cooling system for the fermenter. I would want a 1" dump valve that stayed open most of the time, with a yeast collection reservoir on the bottom to constantly collect trub and sediment as it fell. I wouldn't want a racking arm on mine, but a testing valve in the side would be really nice. Since it would be self cooling, it would already have a temperature probe in it (of course). I would like a port in the top for blow-off/adding additional beer if kraeusening/adjustable pressure relief/transferring under pressure/etc... Oh, and some sort of built in vibration device that would slowly knock all the sediment clinging to the walls to fall out. This is my dream fermenter anyways . I like the bigger size and if I had this fermenter I would definitely have to step up my brewery to match. You can't have to much beer!!

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:29 PM   #14
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Jacketed with a top that holds pressure.

Size depends on the brewer and how much you drink, and brew.

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:29 PM   #15
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I went with the 13-15 and the 27 gallon. I was thinking about the 20+ gallon conicals the other day, wondering what kind of rig someone would need to actually fill them, then I realized, you could just make the same recipe 2x in a 10 gallon system. Brew, pitch, brew, add more wort. Take a weekend and make yourself 20 gallons of beer!

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:34 PM   #16
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I went with the 13-15 and the 27 gallon. I was thinking about the 20+ gallon conicals the other day, wondering what kind of rig someone would need to actually fill them, then I realized, you could just make the same recipe 2x in a 10 gallon system. Brew, pitch, brew, add more wort. Take a weekend and make yourself 20 gallons of beer!
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Yep, I was thinking of (3)12-gallon batches and I got a chubby. I dream of Coni one day she will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine.

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Old 03-27-2008, 06:00 PM   #18
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Size:

Twin 7 gallon.

Feature:

Full dress. (Racking, dump, blowoff, pressurizable, heated and chilled)

And the most important feature..........

Clearance pricing at 75% off MSRP.

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still have to try out my new 22 gallon conical. i bought the keg, just have to convert it. haven't used the options that yuri sent with it yet, so don't have an opinion. can't wait tho

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Old 03-27-2008, 07:34 PM   #20
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voted 14.5


I have a blichmann one and it is the best.

no kidding, i can make 14 gallons of wort, boil it down to around 11-12 depending on ambiant temp outside, toss it all in. perfect. Harvest yeast no problem.

easy to keg up two cornies and with carb tabs bottle up the rest on 22oz bombers. If i would have had the boiling kettle i would have gotten the larger 27 gallon one

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