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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2010, 08:03:35 AM »
not trying to talk you out of it, but I have tested a thermowell (borrowed from a friend) versus a foam insulation sleeve against the steel near the cone, and frankly the temp was within a half degree as measured by my thermocouple reader (dual readout handset with 2 probes measured over an 8 hour period). 

the tape and foam insulation to create the sleeve for my temp control probe cost me about 3 cents, so I go that route instead  ;D ;)
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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2010, 04:09:53 PM »
Ive been thinking about something like this.



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But I have a long way to go. I have to start kegging before I would ever consider one of these things.
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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2010, 02:56:24 PM »
Thanks Dave....  I've been searching for one everywhere.  Might just try the foam and tape deal first...  And thanks to blatz too.  There is info here!

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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2010, 06:45:06 PM »
Thanks Dave....  I've been searching for one everywhere.  Might just try the foam and tape deal first...  And thanks to blatz too.  There is info here!
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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2010, 07:50:46 PM »
I've got both.  The anolog and the digital on the other freezer.  I also have 2 cordless indoor / outdoor thermometers to make sure of the temp in the freezers.  (a must for the anolog one)

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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2010, 10:35:01 AM »
I've had a 12 gal SS conical for about 5 years.  I don't think they make my beer better.  The main reason I use one is to avoid glass carboys and the inherent danger they pose if dropped. 
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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2010, 12:52:36 PM »
Out of necessity for brewing more beer, I had to build my own.  I started with a half barrel, cut the top off a corny, welded that to the half barrel, put two valves in it and whammo, 16.5g fermenter
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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2010, 12:55:54 PM »
Out of necessity for brewing more beer, I had to build my own.  I started with a half barrel, cut the top off a corny, welded that to the half barrel, put two valves in it and whammo, 16.5g fermenter

got any pics of this?
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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2010, 08:22:52 PM »
I picked up a B3 temp controlled 12 gal conical on Craigs LIst.  It's good because I make 10 gal batches of my house beers, but wouldn't have bought it retail.  I'd get the Blichman and an upright freezer  if I had to do it again.
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Re: Conical Fermenters
« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2010, 04:39:13 AM »
Thanks Blatz for the foam insulation as a thermowell.  I've tried it & like it!  1 thing less to clean and sanitize!