Originally Posted by samc
I used one for a number of batches and it worked great! Only issue for me was that I like to transfer under CO2 pressure and I could never could get a 100% seal so that never worked well. It is very simple to clean, just add a gallon or two of warm Oxiclean/PBW water to it and rotate it on it's side every 1/2 hour or so until all the gunk is gone - then rinse clean.
I bought mine already knowing it wouldn't seal without some lid modification. I don't even use an air lock on mine. 6 batches in, no infections and no off flavors or smells. Like you said, very easy to clean and sanitize. The 1/2" racking port makes filling kegs fast and easy. I quickly open and then shut the 1" drain valve to get rid of the trube after about 5 days of fermenting and then again 2-3 days before kegging. Spotted Dog made a simple screw in trube/yeast catcher for his and I will be adding that feature soon. No regrets at all making this purchase, in fact, I will be getting 2 more in the near future.