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Old 03-13-2013, 10:32 PM   #841
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I ordered mine last Monday and am piecing together all my accessories from brewershardware.com right now before it ships.

Couple questions:
  • I got an extra tri clover fitting right above the racking fitting, above the bottom cone. I was hoping to put a thermoeter on that fitting. Does anyone have any suggestions of which thermometer to use for this? I didn't want to run a super long thermowell from the top down, and was also hoping to use an analog thermometer, not digital. What's my best option?
  • Is a sight glass worth it as a yeast collector?
Stout tanks has what you want. They use a triclamp thermowell that an analogue thermometer screws into.
http://conical-fermenter.com/about/a...ter-and-clamp/
You will have to email them about it, I could not find it for sale on its own.

 
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:19 PM   #842
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The only suggestion I have for you is to mix up some rinseless sanitizer, like starsan, in the brewhemoth with the spunding valve attached to the dump or racking port. Turn the pressure knob to 0psi, and pressurize the fermenter. It will blow starsan through the spunding valve and clean it up. Not ideal, but it works.

Personally, with previous spunding experience in kegs, I built my own spunding valve with an inline pressure regulator, and attach it to a "blow off" keg. So the blowoff hose on the brewhemoth attaches to a corney keg, and then attach the spunding valve to the other port on the keg. You have to remove the long liquid dip tube and and replace it with a short gas dip tube. All the krausen falls into the bottom of the keg and not through the spunding valve.

This is the only way I've been able to keep spunding valves nice and clean.

Hope that helps.
The "blow off keg" is a great idea.

I also like the pressurized conical with starsan idea, but I really think I need to attack the valve with some PBW at this point. Have you pressurized a Brewhemoth full of PBW, then rinsed it with a pressurized Brewhemoth full od Starsan? I think that's what I'll try...

 
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:32 PM   #843
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Does anyone know which model freezer the brewhemoth easily fits into? Black Heart brewing has some but I didn't get an answer from them on the make/model.

 
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:48 PM   #844
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stand up or chest freezer?

 
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #845
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Stand up. Thanks.

 
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:46 PM   #846
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Ah, I ask because I have a chest freezer with a custom box built on top...If I remember correctly the dimentions are 26"x46" and holds both of them, though it's a tight squeeze.

Problem I found trying to find a standup freezer is that most of them have the cooling lines built right into the shelving so you can't remove them to fit the brewhemoth.

Might want to ask these guys as they have fridges that they put theirs in:


 
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:22 PM   #847
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The standup freezers you want are "frost free." They tend not to have coils in the shelves.

 
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:22 AM   #848
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I thought I would give this thread a bump.

I have been doing some research on the brewhemoth and pressure fermenting and I have a plan to use my future brewhemoth as an all in one: fermenter-Beer Bright-Serving Tank.

The Plan:
1. Pressure ferment in the Brewhemoth
2. Dump the yeast regularly to avoid the packed yeast cake
3. Cold crash the Brewhemoth by putting it in a stand up kegerator
4. Attach your tap (Tap Dispense Line) to the racking port
5. Dispense your fresh beer


The Pros:
-Less steps to get beer to the tap
-Less cleaning
-Less $$


The Cons:
-Fermenter is occupied while you serve when it could be fermenting more beer
-This creates a bubble while the new batch is being brewed that you do not have beer on tap. (This is easily fixed by simply having some extra bottled beer to get you by while waiting).
-Will the PSI run out before all beer is dispensed?


I am taking this idea from the Williams Warn Personal Brewery as this is generally how their product works. The reason I am looking at doing this is to reduce the amount of steps and hardware needed to get my beer to the tap.


What are your thoughts? Has anyone tried this?

 
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:09 PM   #849
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If you had another fridge with a tap for kegs, you could use the brewhemoth as a big keg until just before brew day, then transfer the remainder of the beer into kegs and put them in your keg fridge.

I had thought the same as you before I got my brewhemoths, but quickly realized that I just didn't have the room to keep a 22GAL brewhemoth at serving temperatures. I have a fermentation chamber that goes down below 32F, but my fermentation chamber would be occupied until the beer is gone. I've also found that the racking port on the bottom of the brewhemoths are just a little too close to the dump port so you're always pulling cloudy beer off the bottom. The conical part of the brewhemoth is a 45 degree, not a 60 degree so trub and yeast do sit on the wall...not very thick mind you, but it's there. So each beer you pour will be cloudy.

Having 2 brewhemoths, I even considered using one as a fermenter and one as a bright tank for cleaning up the beer. With the work involved with cleaning those sucker, I haven't done this yet. I did just get a chill coil and have built a pelletier cooling block to regulate temps, but haven't got it all together yet.

 
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:29 PM   #850
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If you use the Brewhemoth spunding valve, you can easily hook CO2 to the Brewhemoth to keep it carbed. I'm not sure you will have that many cloudy yeast issues. Dump two or three times, tapping the sides each time, should result in clear beer. Getting the proper restriction to the tap, that is the biggest issue I see.

 
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