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Old 11-02-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default 5 gallon batch in 15 gallon conical

I have an opportunity to buy a 15 gallon minibrew (plastic) conical from a friend for pretty cheap. I am new to this and was curious if a 15 is a good size for all batch sizes? To me it seemed like a good deal as it should grow with me if I end up scaling into larger batches.

Thanks for any input!

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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It will work well as a primary fermentor on a 5g batch. You'll need a secondary fermentor though that leaves as little airspace as possible. It will certainly come in handy if you start brewing 15g batches as you would then not have to do a secondary transfer.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:52 PM   #3
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It will work well as a primary fermentor on a 5g batch. You'll need a secondary fermentor though that leaves as little airspace as possible. It will certainly come in handy if you start brewing 15g batches as you would then not have to do a secondary transfer.
You don't need to secondary with a conical. The valve at the bottom can be used to dump the yeast and trub out. You also don't have to worry about headspace, as there will be a co2 layer over the wort.

So to answer the OP's question, yes a 15 gallon conical will be fine for 5 gallon batches.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:54 PM   #4
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I have an opportunity to buy a 15 gallon minibrew (plastic) conical from a friend for pretty cheap. I am new to this and was curious if a 15 is a good size for all batch sizes? To me it seemed like a good deal as it should grow with me if I end up scaling into larger batches.

Thanks for any input!
Luckehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I'm looking to snag a conical in the future once I have a bit more room.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the input I got the 15 AND a smaller 7.9 speidel (just in case)!

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