Conical fermenters?? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Conical fermenters??

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-30-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
Brewby, my beer
Recipes 
 
Mar 2006
Connecticut
Posts: 46


Does anyone use a conical fermenter. It seems like it would make think a lot easier.

I found info on two that are not too expensive.

The first is the Vvessel

http://www.homebrewit.com/aisle/1190

I think I would prefer this if it had a stand.

The second is this one
MiniBrew 6.5 Fermenter

http://www.mivamall.com/Merchant2/me...oduct_Code=f65

I think this second one looks more usefull.

Any one have any experience with either of these or other conicals?

Are there any cheaper 'do it your self' alternitives?

I was also looking at the 'fermentap' for use with a carboy. It's too bad they don't make conical carboys.
__________________
http://brewbymybeer.blogspot.com/

Keg1: Hefeweistrophy Hefe Weisen

Primary: German Alt Beer

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 06:12 PM   #2
Lou
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
Chicago, IL
Posts: 620
Liked 16 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brewby, my beer
I found info on two that are not too expensive.
that's like 6 or 7 carboys...
brewpastor uses some badass conicals... check his gallery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 07:08 PM   #3
davidkrau
Recipes 
 
Feb 2006
Posts: 211

They are probably nice but i can't think of any good reason why anyone would want one. They are expensive which I guess is a relative term. A family of 2 adults can or is only supposed to brew 200 gals a year and you can't sell it. The prices I've seen run from $469 to $2200.The $469 model brews only 7.1 gals. The $2,200 model brews 24 gals. I think they should supply a warning that if you drink all that beer you will need a liver transplant and maybe new kidneys to boot.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 07:22 PM   #4
Dude
Will work for beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Dude's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2005
Knob Noster, Missouri
Posts: 8,770
Liked 88 Times on 70 Posts


The only drawbacks on those are that they are plastic, and you know the arguments against plastic and brewing.

I'd say save up and if you are serious, get a Fermenator or the B3 kind.

I'm saving up for one. Maybe next year this time I'll have one. I'm going 12 gallon too, provided I can find a fridge to put it in.
__________________
On Tap: Lake Walk Pale Ale -- Eternity (Raspberry Stout) -- Nutrocker -- Donnybrook Dark
Primary: Lake Walk Pale Ale
Secondary: Summit IPA
Up Next: Smoked Porter -- Pub Ale -- Watermelon Wheat
Planning:
Gone But Not Forgotten:

www.IronOrrBrewery.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 07:41 PM   #5
davidkrau
Recipes 
 
Feb 2006
Posts: 211

I didn't know they made a plastic conical until I looked up brewby's references in the thread. All of the catalogs I have only have SS conicles. I got a feeling that the plastic ones are junk. I agree with Dude, if you are serious about a conical, save your pesos and buy SS.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 08:05 PM   #6
Kaiser
 
Kaiser's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2005
Pepperell, MA
Posts: 3,895
Liked 129 Times on 75 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Dude
I'm saving up for one. Maybe next year this time I'll have one. I'm going 12 gallon too, provided I can find a fridge to put it in.
One of the reasons, besides the price, that keeps me from looking into getting a conical is the problem of cooling them.

Kai

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 08:08 PM   #7
Brewby, my beer
Recipes 
 
Mar 2006
Connecticut
Posts: 46

Quote:
Originally Posted by davidkrau
They are probably nice but i can't think of any good reason why anyone would want one. They are expensive which I guess is a relative term. A family of 2 adults can or is only supposed to brew 200 gals a year and you can't sell it. The prices I've seen run from $469 to $2200.The $469 model brews only 7.1 gals. The $2,200 model brews 24 gals. I think they should supply a warning that if you drink all that beer you will need a liver transplant and maybe new kidneys to boot.

The two I was looking at were $129 for the Vvessel and $150 for the mini brew

Still a more than I would like to pay.
__________________
http://brewbymybeer.blogspot.com/

Keg1: Hefeweistrophy Hefe Weisen

Primary: German Alt Beer

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 08:13 PM   #8
Brewpastor
Beer, not rocket science
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Brewpastor's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2006
Corrales, New Mexico
Posts: 4,574
Liked 37 Times on 31 Posts


I love my conicals, really I love them, not in any physical way mind you, that would be sick, but I do love them. They are shiny and bright and they hold so much beer. They are also over the top in terms of a needed brewery item. But don't tell my wife that, I am already walking the line with her and all this gear (not really, but I don't want to push it)

The best thing is that they are stainless and clean-up so well. The second is the conical which does allow single vessel fermentation and removal of trub and yeast. A real probelm with them is size and therefore cooling/temp. control. It is easy to put a carboy in the frig, even a keg will fit, but with my units I had to figure out a whole other system, which was fun and is cool, but it hasn't been cheap.

I would be comfortable with spenting so much on a plastic fermenter. I would rather work with carboys or stainless kegs.
__________________
Before I learned to brew I was poor, sober and lonely. Now I am just poor.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2006, 08:45 PM   #9
davidkrau
Recipes 
 
Feb 2006
Posts: 211

For those of you with a lot of money to spend Morebeer has an ultimate conical for $2400. It is not only heated but has a cooling power of 50 degrees below ambient temp. You can do lagers in the summer in Florida. You can probably get a discount if you buy more than one. What a deal!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2006, 02:36 AM   #10
magno
 
magno's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2006
Austin, TX
Posts: 900
Liked 9 Times on 6 Posts


My LHBS sells a makeshift cnonical that appears to be this http://morebeer.com/product_images/1/4728.jpg and this http://morebeer.com/product_images/1/1582.jpg. I'm not sure how well it works or anything, but I have been considering a setup like this, possibly making my own stand, as I'm not sure how stable the plastic rings look.

BTW those same conicals are selling for $110.95 at morebeer.com http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=16678

- magno


 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
conical fermenters InYerMouth For Sale 78 09-17-2009 05:49 PM
conical fermenters trtlrvr Equipment/Sanitation 16 11-29-2007 08:18 PM
Conical Fermenters chiefbrewer General Techniques 3 12-13-2006 12:08 AM
Conical fermenters Grimsawyer Equipment/Sanitation 1 08-09-2006 03:15 PM
Conical Fermenters Dark_Ale Equipment/Sanitation 13 02-09-2005 04:50 PM


Forum Jump