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ryscott

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Not sure if this is crazy, someone please tell me if it is.

Would it be possible to use an upside-down Better Bottle carboy as a conical fermenter? I'm thinking you could port a hole in the bottom of the bottle that would allow a small ported stopper for the airlock. Then you could fashion some sort of stopper with a stop/release valve in the neck.

Filling procedure would be as follows:
1. Plug hole in bottom with non-ported stopper.
2. Fill carboy the normal way through the neck.
3. Attach neck stopper valve.
4. Flip upside-down onto a stand of some sort.
5. Replace stopper at bottom (now the top) with a ported one and put in airlock.

This would work right?
 

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Sounds like a Fermentap...kind of a conical but not really. I have never used one, but from reviews I've heard they don't work well and aren't worth the money. I think it has mostly to do with the pitch of the shoulders of the carboy not being steep enough to get yeast and trub to move to the bottom properly.

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Ah, I see. Reading the threads on Fermentaps, thanks for the quick reply.
 
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