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Going Pro / Re: vendors / manufacturers
« on: January 23, 2013, 08:00:58 AM »
Anyone have first-hand experience with Stout's fermenters and brite tanks in the 1-bbl to 3-bbl range (or in any size, actually)? Their pricing (at least based on quotes I've been getting back from a few companies) is extremely competitive and attractive... does that means they are cutting corners???

I have a 65 gallon single walled conical from Stout.  I love it so much more than the plastic fermenter I had before.

I have done a couple of mods and added a few things since I bought it though.  I have a stainless coil that I attached to the lid to pump glycol through for temp control.  I swapped the thermowell that came with it for a sample port, and I took off the 1/2" 90 degree TC elbow and replaced it with a 1.5" TC T with a 1" TC fitting for blowoff and a 24" thermowell.

The only thing I wished I would have changed on it is that there is a threaded fitting for the CIP spray ball.  I wish I would have had it changed to a 3" TC fitting as shown on some of the other larger fermenters.  I noticed it on the drawings before I ordered, but just didn't think much about it at the time.  It would make it easier to remove, and give a larger access port for pitching yeast, dry hopping, etc. (instead of taking off the entire lid).

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Orange County CA brew clubs?
« on: August 27, 2011, 04:00:54 PM »
Anybody living in the Orange County (preferably north OC) area, and belong to a good brew club? Im looking for one to meet with and share brews!  ;D
I am a member of BrewCommune (  We alternate months for meetings and club brew days.  The next club meeting should be on September 20.  Please feel free to come by and check it out!

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