Blichmann 14.5 Gallon Fermenator
- 14 or maybe 7 gallon Tri Clamp Conical
Title says it all, looking for a 14 gallon (though I'd consider a 7gal for the right price) conical with tri clamp fittings. I'd prefer a local cash pickup somewhere in the Northern California area
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Pros: easy to clean, easy to manage temp, easy to dump yeast/trub, easy to fill fron the bottom
Cons: Price due to importing into New Zealand and the US/NZ exchange rate. However price is $NZ and includes tri clamps and blow off fittings.
Recommended? YesJust completed the first brew on the Fermenator and not a single problem. Pumped from the kettle straight into the bottom of the fermenter. Tri clamps make this so easy. Had aerated the wort in the kettle. Adding yeast was simple and lag time was around 8 hours. Closed transfer from the fermenter into the keg using CO2 to push out. Bloody brilliant.The main reason for purchasing was to remove any heavy lifting such as 40 litre fermenter when putting into the fridge, or raising to siphon out (some of us are getting a little older and want to keep brewing forever :-)Only lifting over the whole brew process was the filled Corny keg into the freezer/chiller. Thanks Blichmann.
May 26, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Pros: I got all the attachments, and love it all
Recommended? YesNo more busted carboys, super easy to clean... roll it of to the sink and dump hot water in it. Take off the lid and you have complete access to the whole tank. When your done cleaning... roll it over to the floor drain and open the dump valve. You get what you pay for!
April 1, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Pros: It really is the best you can get
Recommended? YesBought it at Austin Home brew because of free shipping and not tax. Makes taking gravity samples a snap. I also love the rotating racking arm to siphon just above the yeast sediment.
January 25, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Pros: Easy to clean, over engineered!
Cons: Metal was a little rough inside where the cone is spun. Wet sanded with 2000 grit to fix.
Recommended? Yes4 starts only because of the roughness inside on the cone.
January 9, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Pros: Easy to ferment up to 11 gal in one vessel. Easy to clean. Bottom dump and racking arm both work great.
Cons: Buy tri-clamp fittings. Must disassemble ball valves regularly to avoid potential batch cross contamination.
Recommended? YesI have been very pleased with the results I've obtained since using this fermenter. It is reasonably easy to strip, clean and rebuild between batches. I have worked in commercial brewing and have observed that the yeast cake quality and apparent yeast health are comparable to that I've seen in the industry. If properly cleaned, this piece of equipment is the best thing you can do to ensure your ability to reuse and repitch your yeast. I have had some trouble finding a fride/freezer large enough to fit this vessel however, so I've had to resort to rolling it around the basement in search of the proper temp environment.