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Old 08-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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I recently acquired this as a craigslist find. It is built like a tank and came with a propane burner. It is a jacketed 40 Gallon (1BBL) conical fermenter that holds pressure and is mostly made of 1/4" and 1/8" thick 304 Stainless Steel. From the discoloration on the bottom I can tell that whoever has used this beast has heated the bottom of the cone and the base actually looks like a heat shield for a burner as opposed to the standard welded on legs design. Has anyone seen/used anything like this before? My assumption is that this was actually designed an all in one malt extract brew system/fermenter combo. It has three 1/2" FPT couplings welded on top kind. I'm adding a 1.5" Sanitary coupling on the lid for blowoff/thermowell and plan on playing around with cooling efficiency through the jacket with an aquarium chiller coupled with a band heater for ranco controlled stable fermentation temp out in the garage.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Almost looks like something they'd use on a dairy farm.

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Looks like it would be used for projects not discussed on this site.... if you catch my drift.

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Quote:
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Looks like it would be used for projects not discussed on this site.... if you catch my drift.
Nice!

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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Quote:
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looks like it would be used for projects not discussed on this site.... If you catch my drift.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:11 PM   #6
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It's a boilpot alright, but not for anything you'd worry about gettin crystalized/caramelized in the drain.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #7
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interestingly enough the output is a 1/4" pipe and has a Perlick faucet on it so I'm still thinking that my first guess about it being some kind of turnkey 1BBL brewery is still ringing true....

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:00 PM   #8
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Advantage? Maybe it is really sterile, since you never have to sanitize the Fermentor.

Disadvantage: You can't brew again while you have a batch fementing.

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:51 AM   #9
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I'm strictly using is as a heated/cooled 1BBL conical but I think it is necessary to do a group brew day on it with BIAB or extract just to say I have done it!

I added a thermowell and a ranco controller to control the drum heater and sump pump for the cooling reservoir...

 
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