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brackbrew

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Trying to decide whether it's worth it to move from two-stage glass fermentation to a conical fermenter. With that, I've noticed two kinds (essentially) of conicals are now available--stainless steel conicals by Blichmann and Heavy gauge plastic conicals from minibrew.com. I've always been a little suspicious of brewing in plastic (hence the two-stage glass I've always used) not so much because of off flavors from plastic, but because I'm worried plastic might be so easily scratched. Ideas, comments, opinions are always welcome.

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I have been brewing wine using 2 stage - Plastic Primary / glass carboy secondary, for about 6 months now. I have yet to scratch the inside of my primary, and I only use plastic spoons/stirrers etc when mixing all.

When I clean it - Dawn soap & a plastic scrubbing brush and hot water.

Like I said - I have not yet had problems, but should I scratch it - for 7 bucks I get another one, no huge deal. Also I have not experianced any flavors merging, nor colors (red & White wines)

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Like you, I don't trust plastic. Just personal preference. That means a stainless conical. But that's gonna cost some serious $$$$. If you are trying to improve your beer, can that money be spent elsewhere in your brewery to get a better result? This sort of dovetails into the thread on what are the top 5 things you can do to improve your beer.

If I had $500+ to spend in the brewery, I would first go to all grain. Then I would switch to kegging and have a killer kegging fridge with real beer faucets. Then I would either build a fermentation chiller or convert a chest freezer to control fermentation temperature. If there was any money left, I would buy a flask and stir plate to make starters. If you've done all that, maybe the conical is the next step. I think I'll stick to glass......

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