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Old 07-27-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I've been back and forth on Blichmann versus MoreBeer conicals for a bit and am leaning strongly toward MoreBeer at this point. Not long ago I saw a thread with some contributors who had the new Conical 2.0 version. There was talk about the o-ring getting seated properly and some CO2 leaks. I assume that was all remedied? How do you like them and any suggestions for use? I searched for the aforementioned thread, but could not find it or I would have posted there.

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Old 07-27-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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I was looking at both, too.
Then I read about the ChiCompany ones and decided to wait some more.
Then I just bought Brewers' Hardware Sanke fermenter cap. Problem solved for $90

Sorry - That's a completely useless thing to post, but I was compelled, as I very nearly spent $900 on a Ferminator because I thought I'd need a conical to harvest yeast.

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Hi All,

I've been back and forth on Blichmann versus MoreBeer conicals for a bit and am leaning strongly toward MoreBeer at this point. Not long ago I saw a thread with some contributors who had the new Conical 2.0 version. There was talk about the o-ring getting seated properly and some CO2 leaks. I assume that was all remedied? How do you like them and any suggestions for use? I searched for the aforementioned thread, but could not find it or I would have posted there.

Thanks!



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Old 07-27-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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Not useless, always good info especially if you use other Sanke kegs in your setup.

Now if I can find that other thread...
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:31 PM   #4
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Ok- I really love conicals for several reasons (racking, yeast dumping, etc) and am a bit obsessed with oversized and cool looking brew equipment. I use to have the 7.5 gallon from morebeer. This was their 1.0 version and they have since made several upgrades to it (I owned it 8 years ago). I LOVED it. It was easy to use, clean, and I purchased an acrylic lid for it so I could see my yeast dance. I can't speak to the current version, but the 1.0 version was a fantastic vessel, especially for that time frame when there were not a lot of choices.

I have since sold this vessel as my brewery outgrew it once I went to 10 gallon batches and now own a blichman 14.5 gallon. There really isn't one thing I don't love about it. Keep in mind, once it is full, it aint movin so I have to make sure that whenver I fill it, that is where I want it to be once it is emptied. Cleaning is not bad. Normally, I just fill it with water and dump oxy clean into it and let it soak. All cleaning can be done near the kitchen sink without ever having to dump it (just open the valves to drain directly in the sink).

I think either one of these would be a great conical. My only advice is even if you brew 5 gallon batches, go bigger with your purchase. Get one that will at least hold a ten gallon batch.

 
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input, Joelsyales. I am looking at the 14 gal model as I am very happy with ten gallon batch sizes. The cost difference between the 7 and 14 make it an almost obvious choice; however, some folks do like their size 7.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:11 AM   #6
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Some people like me are really liking the converted Sanke fermenters from Synergy or Sabco. FULLY pressurizable and mine has a 1.5" bottom dump. In case you want to read:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/1-2-...3/#post2159560

 
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:56 PM   #7
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So, I opted for the MoreBeer 14gal conical instead of the Blichmann Pro version. I'll follow up with my opinions on quality and usability in approximately eight weeks. It's going to seem like an eternity!
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:05 PM   #8
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Zy, just put my 14 ga MoreBeer to work last weekend. Had the CO2 leak problem you mention. I can't find that thread either. One guy at work suggested Keg Lube on the gaskets.

Otherwise, so far so good. It's a fantastically well built piece of equipment.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:22 PM   #9
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I've been using my conical consistently since October 2010, brewing about every three weeks. My opinion is that I am very fond of this piece of equipment; it makes the brew cycle much easier overall.

As of yet, I have not had any CO2 leaks. I'd suggest that you not overtighten the lid clamp and make sure you have the round side of the gasket facing up and flat side facing down. I hope this is helpful!
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:41 PM   #10
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ahh, I better back off that lid clamp for now.
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