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Old 01-30-2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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i bit the bullet and ordered a 15 gal conical from plasticmart. this is the fully draining version, 1 1/2 in. outlet. 170 shipped.


i picked up this 1 1/2 in SS ballvalve on ebay for 14.99, 23 and change shipped. pretty good deal, its in great shape.


next will be a nipple to thread on the valve. i havent decided if i'm going to put a racking arm on or not just yet.
i think i will be propping this bad boy up on some milk crates so i can gravity feed into kegs/secondaries.

edit: complete with racking port! total cost
conical w/stand:170 shipped
1 1/2 SS valve: 23 shipped
1 1/2 in cpvc nipple: 1.40
1/2 inch plastic bulkhead: 3.99, 11 shipped
1/2 in CPVC nipple: .75
1/2 in SS 3 pc ballvalve: 15.99 shipped
1/2 x 1/2 nipple: 4.99 shipped

so the total bill was around $230. works for me.

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Be sure to post up how you like it! I have a pair of 6.5 gallon minibrew conicals and love them. I'd sure like something in the 15 gallon size as well.

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I was REALLY close to getting a 14 or 15 gallon plastic, but I'm just going to hold out for a SS conical.

That looks very nice, though.

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I was REALLY close to getting a 14 or 15 gallon plastic, but I'm just going to hold out for a SS conical.

That looks very nice, though.
i would love to have stainless, maybe one day.

i got this as more of a "testing" vessel. i'm flirting with the idea of a nano and would like to use these conicals down the road, so i got a smaller one to see if i'm satisfied with them and also to iron out a few recipes via 10 gal batches in the process.

i'm sure in the long run it will prove handy... especially when doing big warm weather batches .
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Very interested to see how you like them. That is a nice valve also!

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i stopped at home depot yesterday and they do not carry pvc nipples... my only option was galvanized steel (atleast in store) i'm going to order a pvc or stainless one online but i was just too anxious to see the valve threaded on that i had to pick it up




with the valve attached the outlet is only about a ft off the ground so its definitely going to have to be raised.

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fermenting my first batch in this currently, 11 gal of a common. i cleaned/sanitized the s@#t out of it and ended up picking up a cpvc nipple. everything is going well so far, i actually top cropped some yeast out of it yesterday. i put a 7/8 hole in the lid with a hole saw for the airlock, its not bubbling so the lid isnt sealed too amazing but oh well. i'm going to add a valve on the cone once i'm content with where i know the trub/yeast will be, right now its looking a little over 1/2 gallon. i was planning on just using a 1/2 in SS weldless kit for a keggle, any ideas?

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fermenting my first batch in this currently, 11 gal of a common. i cleaned/sanitized the s@#t out of it and ended up picking up a cpvc nipple. everything is going well so far, i actually top cropped some yeast out of it yesterday. i put a 7/8 hole in the lid with a hole saw for the airlock, its not bubbling so the lid isnt sealed too amazing but oh well. i'm going to add a valve on the cone once i'm content with where i know the trub/yeast will be, right now its looking a little over 1/2 gallon. i was planning on just using a 1/2 in SS weldless kit for a keggle, any ideas?
Really love what you're doing with this. Question: is there any way to get the lid to seal on it using a homemade gasket or giant o-ring of sorts?

As far as a solution for cropping in the cone section, these dudes in San Diego have a nano operation that could work as a really neat blueprint on a lot of ways. There's a section on modifying the conicals.

http://hessbrewing.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html

It's sort of down the page a bit. Took a while to find it. Pretty neat blog.

Keep us updated, this is really cool stuff.
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i planned on just using the dump valve to get the yeast out of the cone; i only top cropped because i needed yeast now. the beauty of the cone is that when you first dump you will empty out the trub, and then you will get the clean yeast. i just planned on giving this yeast a rough wash with some boiled water and keeping the rotation fresh.

as far as the lid, i have seen some people sealing it with a home made gasket, but i'm not too worried about it-most of my buckets have tiny leaks so i'm not going to go crazy trying to seal it.

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well i love the conical. i had an extremely small leak at the valve, i just need to clean it all up and re tighten and it should be good. i took some pics of the yeast from the cone to show everyone, i love it- just dump out what i need for a batch, no starter, right in with some o2 and it takes off as long as its fresh its great. i used qt mason jars for the pics. first i dumped almost 2 qts of trub before i was positive it was pretty much yeast coming out. the first shot is the 3rd qt right after dumping.
the second picture is after being in the fridge for 24 hrs. the yeast and trub on the bottom was still pretty clean, but i figured why not go for the best stuff still in suspension and i poured this off into another jar.
and here is the final shot a day later of the yeast settled. no trub, very clean and more than enough fresh for a 5 gallon batch, used this amount with no starter for a blonde hybrid (its cali lager) and it took off like a champ


i will do the same with the remaining cone once i take the last 5 gallons off of it and make starters with that yeast. the yeast cone was right about at 1/2 gallon so i think i will be adding a racking port @ 3/4 gallon. i'll update with that addition.

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