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Title: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: foxburggolf on March 20, 2013, 05:38:37 PM
An opportunity to get a used 14 gal Blickman conical stainless steel fermenter at a good price has come up.  However, I don't want to brew 10 gallon batches.  Has anyone brewed 5 gallon batches in a 14 gal fermenter and did it have any affect on the beer.  It seems to me that the additional head space might be a problem.  I'd appreciate any input you may have before I commit to buying this; even though the price is good, it still costs a few bucks.
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: a10t2 on March 20, 2013, 06:33:40 PM
The only real problem would be if it has a racking port or arm that's designed to leave behind a fixed portion of the 10 gal batch. Proportionately, you'd be doubling the losses for a 5 gal batch. It would also be a waste of CO2, if you're planning on carbonating in the conical.
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: dcbc on March 20, 2013, 07:49:16 PM
I recall reading on Blichmann's website that you can.  As for carbonating, they are not designed to hold pressure apart from the 2--5 psi for transfers. 
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: BrewArk on March 21, 2013, 07:44:43 PM
I skipped getting the larger fermenter because I can fit the 7 gallon fermenter in the beer fridge.  Do you have a place for good temperature control on that big a vessel?
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: blatz on March 21, 2013, 08:06:42 PM
I skipped getting the larger fermenter because I can fit the 7 gallon fermenter in the beer fridge.  Do you have a place for good temperature control on that big a vessel?

yes, you can get one of these:

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/FILLING.jpg)

I've never put a 5gal batch in either of mine, but I wouldn't hesitate to.  The loss below the racking arm is not that bad, and heck, you could just brew a 6gal batch to suit it if so.
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: foxburggolf on April 04, 2013, 11:48:26 PM
Thanks for the input.  The conical I saw advertised was gone very quickly, so I didn't get it.  I appreciate your input.  I'll keep looking.
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: a10t2 on April 05, 2013, 01:20:18 AM
Dang, Paul! That's a nicer setup than some breweries I've worked in! ;D
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: blatz on April 08, 2013, 01:31:57 PM
Dang, Paul! That's a nicer setup than some breweries I've worked in! ;D

LOL - thanks - the full pictorial is over on the "Pimp My System" category if you're interested.
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: mmitchem on April 08, 2013, 01:45:56 PM
And can I say how extremely jealous I am of those who decided to go with stand up fridges right off the bat??? I bought chest freezers back when I was strictly using carboys. Now i want to go for a conical because of the many awesome niceties they offer (stainless body, yeast collecting, etc.). I am in a pickle. Ugh, if I would have only seen the evolution...
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: blatz on April 08, 2013, 01:59:29 PM
And can I say how extremely jealous I am of those who decided to go with stand up fridges right off the bat??? I bought chest freezers back when I was strictly using carboys. Now i want to go for a conical because of the many awesome niceties they offer (stainless body, yeast collecting, etc.). I am in a pickle. Ugh, if I would have only seen the evolution...

yeah - on my first one, I built a shelf and was able to keep 4 carboys or buckets in the fridge at one time - a bit easier lifting them onto shelves rather than up over and down.  are you a member of a homebrew club - maybe someone would want your chest freezer so you can get a new one?  Or just use the chest freezer as a lagering/on deck fridge and get an upright for fermenting 8)
Title: Re: Conical Fermenter Size
Post by: mmitchem on April 08, 2013, 02:05:40 PM
I am a member of a homebrew club, and I am moving in a couple of weeks. Seems like now would be the time to make it happen. Gotta get moving...