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Old 05-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #21
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I got a good price on a 14 gallon blichman a couple months ago so i jumped on it but to this dag i havent even used it. It doesnt fit in my ferm fridge and it is too warm just to leave at room temp right now. Not sure if i will sell or keep it.
I don't mean to bag on you, but why'd you buy it without a plan for chilling it?


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Old 05-08-2012, 08:34 PM   #22
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I don't mean to bag on you, but why'd you buy it without a plan for chilling it?
Why not? I had the money and price was right. I also picked up a blichman plate chiller from the same person with no means of using it and now it is perfect for my e-build. When i see good deals i jump. Worst case scenario i sell it for a small profit.
Besides i have troubke passing up shiny new brewing toys


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Old 05-08-2012, 09:08 PM   #23
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I just recently purchased a Blichmann 14 gal. conical as well. It greatly simplifies my process for 10-11 gallaon batches. I use to have to use two carboys. The process was Primary -> Secondary -> Bottling Bucket -> Bottles, or Primary -> Secondary -> Keg. Multiplied by two. I know there are other, less expensive ways to simplify (no need for secondary, larger, non-conical fermenter, etc.). This works great. I have leg extensions and casters, and it just rolls into my "fermentation chamber" (I like that term better than "downstairs bathroom"). Now, the only transfer is once to the kegs, or I bottle right from the racking port on the fermenter. Instead of transfering 3 or 4 times and cleaning 6 vessels in the process, I only clean one. Stainless Steel is nice - I don't worry about scratching it when cleaning, and it does not absorb and retain the wort smell that plastic can. I have come to loathe dealing with glass carboys.

No question you do not need a conical to make great beer. However, if it fits with your process it can be a great addition to the home brewery.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #24
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What about this?
http://morebeer.com/view_product/107...ted_and_Cooled
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #25
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I think Yooper posted that one a few months ago somewhere and I started drooling. (about the conical)

It's quite a bit more expensive than the non-temp control, but I really like the idea of being able to dial in a temp and knowing I'll hit it consistently without having to build a whole chamber. For triple the price of a new one the same size but without the temp control though....

Tough call.
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It's a bit harder to control your fermentation temperatures with a conical unless you build a cold room.
Not true at all I can control my within 1 deg. I do use a fermwrap and a fridge.
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What's the capacity of your conical?
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I love my 14.5g conical.
I use it for 5 and 10 gallon batches.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:14 AM   #30
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I have the brewhemoth fermenter. I just use an upright freezer with temp control i got for $50 on crigs list.(you do NOT need to build a chamber). My fermenter fits with plenty of room to spare and i hold fermentation temps within a degree. Even though it only has a 4 inch hole at the top its easier to clean and maintain than carboys. Ill never use a carboy again.


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