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Old 12-19-2012, 06:52 AM   #21
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How do you control fermentation temps? Will you be able to control fermentation temps in the 14.5g conical? You're planning to brew 5g batches in a 14.5g conical? If you bottle straight from the conical how will you add priming sugar?

I think you imagine the conical is going to be a better solution than it is probably going to be for you at this time.

I'm going to sing along with the chorus and say that your money could probably be better spent elsewhere. Temp control would be my suggestions, followed by temp control, then maybe kegging, nice brew pot, AG equipment... A conical is a piece of equipment that it seems to me will require a good deal of other equipment to make it a convenience rather than a pita.

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Old 12-19-2012, 02:38 PM   #22
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I just read through this thread and honestly I really suggest you rethink this purchase. Unless you just want a shiny bright conical in your home for a conversation piece, this purchase doesn't seem to make any sense. I'm not trying to bash your ideas, but just reading through your posts it seems that you have a lot more to understand and experience in homebrewing before you could reap the benefits of a conical.

I would strongly recommend you put this money towards a nice immersion or plate chiller, and also looking into getting some supplies to start all grain brewing. Not that you couldn't continue to brew extract, but it just seems like once you're spending this amount of money on brewing you deserve the full experience and uniqueness of all grain.

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:51 PM   #23
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OK guys, you have successfully talked me out of the conical for now. I've ordered another plastic brewers kit as my other one is too old, don't want to risk ruining a batch, this time I got a set with a plastic better bottle for secondary fermentation. I've also ordered a new heavy duty 6 gallon stainless steel kettle for boiling and a couple ingredient kits. I will get some more experience brewing 5 gallon batches in plastic buckets and maybe try all grain before investing in the stainless conical. I really appreciate all the advice and I'm sure I'll be asking some more questions soon.

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