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Old 08-14-2007, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default A Blichmann Fermenter, finally!

I took the plunge and have ordered a 27 gallon Blichmann fermenter. I was tired of lugging carboys around and want more volume and ease of use. Now I will be able to drop the trub and yeast when I want to without "pita". A closed system was also one of my aims and now I can do it easily using CO2 to push it into kegs. I know it's a lot of money but I figure it will pay for itself in yeast and beer saved from transfer loss over time. Since I have been brewing I have not acquired any new and expensive equipment and figure this is my last chance to brew like the big boys. I do have to build a small room to place it in though as I want to keep it cool along with my filled kegs.

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Old 08-14-2007, 05:18 PM   #2
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kick-ass! Enjoy it. I'm busy building AG parts, so my $ is going there at present. Hope it works out well for you.

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Old 08-14-2007, 05:25 PM   #3
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I will enjoy!!! I have been through the bigger boil and mash equipment spending too and you will get there soon. Once you are set up it is great though and you will gain many local friends to help you drink the beer.

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Old 08-14-2007, 05:31 PM   #4
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They're awesome... love ours. Do you do large enough batches for the 27 gal size? I see they're now offering tri-clamps and casters.

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Old 08-14-2007, 08:28 PM   #5
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I have the baby the 7 gallon version. I have me a clone of Hop Rod Rye in it now luckly mine fits in a small fridge. I did add a two stage temp control for it to use in the fall. She is a beauty and oh man 27 gallons!

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Old 08-14-2007, 08:32 PM   #6
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Can you say jealous! Man oh Man Oschevitz! Good luck with it. I am aiming to buy a small brewery soon (dreaming).

Wish I could say that! Someday!

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I know it's a lot of money but I figure it will pay for itself in yeast and beer saved from transfer loss over time.
Just how many gallons are you losing when you transfer?

$700+ for the fermentor AND you're going to build a room for it? I'm happy for you and that's cool as hell, but let's save the "it's gonna save money" story for SWMBO, OK?

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Old 08-15-2007, 01:28 AM   #8
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They're awesome... love ours. Do you do large enough batches for the 27 gal size? I see they're now offering tri-clamps and casters.
Sure do........ I brew a lot and am tired. I guess too many friends have discovered the beer is good and keep comming by to check out the latest brew. I looked into the Tri-clamps but can not justify it right away. It can be added later anyway.
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I have the baby the 7 gallon version. I have me a clone of Hop Rod Rye in it now luckly mine fits in a small fridge. I did add a two stage temp control for it to use in the fall. She is a beauty and oh man 27 gallons!
The price difference is not to big between 7,15 to the 27 and so I think that if you can do it then go for it. It's the same work doing 27 as 5 so why not. I do have to build an enclosure but that will be fun anyway.
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27 gallons!!! Hope you have lots of beer drinking friends.

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