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Old 09-07-2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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How much is too much to pay for a fermenting system? Say for a 12-gallon capacity fermenter.

It could be stainless steel, or any type you prefer using or would want to use.

I work in public relations for a company that introduced a new stainless steel fermenter. Admittedly by the company, the fermenter on the higher end side when it comes to $$. But, from what I've learned, it's very high quality. So, maybe value-wise, it's worth it.

I'm not here to promote it (if you're curious, contact me), but I am interested in the top level you'd be willing to pay for a fermenter?

$300? $600? $1000? $1500? $2000?

While I have enjoyed homebrewed beer (thanks to my former brother in law) and micro brews, I know little about the craftsmanship and process. The dollar amounts above are semi-educated guesses from the fermenters I've seen advertised.

Thank you!

-- Mike

(Thanks Bird for seeking clarification. Hope the changes I made help.)


 
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:11 PM   #2
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I'll pay $20 for a carboy

Kinda need some more details. Is this a stainless steel conical fermenter we're talking about?
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:16 PM   #3
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I'll pay $20 for a carboy
Seconded.
Using the terms 'semi-educated guesses', 'I know little' and 'if you're curious contact me' means you need to realise that home brewing at 12 gallons means no need to spend huge money on SS Products for fermenting....

 
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:35 PM   #4
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Very few homebrewers would be interested in your product. I certainly wouldn't pay more than $20, no matter what the craftsmenship. It's not the cost, I just spent $49,000 on a garage and got a good deal. SS just doesn't add any value in a fermenter. A kettle, yes, but $80 is all I needed to spend to meet my needs.

There are a few equipment freaks in homebrewing, but not many. If I may quote a Collaborator, "I spit on your high-tech systems."
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:48 PM   #5
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Gotta remember, homebrewers as a whole have got to be the absolute cheapest hobbyists in the world. We spend half our time here, it seems, talking about how to convert scrapyard kegs into brew kettles. I'd love a stainless steel conical (I was just guessing that was what he was marketing), but I ain't gonna be buying one anytime soon, whether it's $200 or $2,000.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:11 PM   #6
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I just made one myself. 30 gallon capacity. Double walled with heating/cooling built in. Cost me 2 weekends and $50. The rest was all recycled junk.

 
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:37 PM   #7
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I'd pay 300.00 for a 17 gallon SS Conical fermenter.

 
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:15 PM   #8
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I just made one myself. 30 gallon capacity. Double walled with heating/cooling built in. Cost me 2 weekends and $50. The rest was all recycled junk.
You can't just drop that on us with out pictures and a write up man.
I'm so upset now, I can't work.
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:28 AM   #9
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The home brewing crowd is definitely an enthusiastic one; but everyone who home brews knows that you definitely don't have to spend tons of money to brew good beer. It's also a crowd filled with very capable, crafty and intelligent, hands-on people who will refuse to blow money on something they can make themselves. If this is a stainless steel conical you're talking about, the crafty ones already know about companies like Toledo Metal Spinning who sell stainless steel hoppers (12.2 gallons for $170) that can easily be modified into a fermenter for probably an extra $100 to $150. Even at that, most will probably not spend the money as long as they feel like they're brewing good beer. Trust me, if your product is competive and good quality and the right price, I do like my toys and I might consider a purchase. Best of luck in your venture. Just my two cents (no pun intended).

 
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Old 09-09-2006, 05:35 AM   #10
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Quote:
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I just made one myself. 30 gallon capacity. Double walled with heating/cooling built in. Cost me 2 weekends and $50. The rest was all recycled junk.
POST picts we all wonna see
and as for the other just let us know how much and what you got thats all

 
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