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building your own conical fermenter

Postby crueli07 » Mon May 29, 2006 4:32 pm

There has to be a way that you can build a conical fermenter out of, say, a 5 gallon water jug. Does anyone have any information on improvising with making a conical fermenter? Thank you.
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Re: building your own conical fermenter

Postby pcharles » Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:19 pm

crueli07 wrote:There has to be a way that you can build a conical fermenter out of, say, a 5 gallon water jug. Does anyone have any information on improvising with making a conical fermenter? Thank you.


Take a look at this:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products ... rodID=4914
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Fermentap Clog?

Postby stevie.o » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:23 am

PCharles
what experience do you have with the fermentap?
I have heard they clog pretty quickly/easily?

just looking for another opinion


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Postby BillyBock » Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:19 am

Check out the line of Mini-Brew conicals.

http://www.minibrew.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5
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Re: Fermentap Clog?

Postby jawsfree » Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:47 pm

[quote="stevie.o"]PCharles
what experience do you have with the fermentap?
I have heard they clog pretty quickly/easily?

I had one and they suck. the problem is that the sides of the carboy do not slope enough and everything catches just above the neck. I think if you swirled it twice a day it might work. it just depends what you are trying to accomplish with it.
hope this helps
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Re: Fermentap Clog?

Postby ColoradoBrewer » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:07 am

jawsfree wrote:I had one and they suck. the problem is that the sides of the carboy do not slope enough and everything catches just above the neck. I think if you swirled it twice a day it might work. it just depends what you are trying to accomplish with it.
hope this helps
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Yeah, from what I've read that's pretty much what everyone says. I think in the six years or so that I've been coming to beer forums I've only read one positive comment about the Fermentap.

crueli07, if you're looking for an economical way to get a conical then I agree the Mini Brew conicals are probably your best bet. You could probably build your own with parts from US Plastics or Toledo Metal Spinning, but by the time you got all the required parts you'd probably have more in it than just buying the Mini Brew.
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conical fermenter possibility!

Postby wottaguy » Wed Nov 29, 2006 12:27 am

Speaking of "building" a conical fermenter, I ran accross this website that makes these food grade plastic conical vessels. The 2" thds would accomidate a 2" butterfly valve. The cover is a tight seal and may be drilled to fit an airlock. All you really need to do is to drill a hole where the racking arm goes and install a Konical Kitz rotating racking arm! You can check it out here and the price is pretty good too!

http://www.plastic-mart.com/class.php?item=135

What do ya think??

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Postby JPinAZ » Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:54 pm

My concern would be whether or not the plastic is food grade. Since it says "Biodeisel production" in the name I'd imagine it's not.
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Postby wottaguy » Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:42 am

well...according to their documentation, the unit is FDA approved and food grade.
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Postby JPinAZ » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:10 pm

If that's the case it definitely looks like a good deal. $150 delivered compared to the 15G Minibrew conical that goes for around $300 on Ebay. I doubt the valves & parts needed to get it running would cost much.
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Conical inductor for a fermentor

Postby Bob57702 » Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:04 pm

I did a little checking on the conical inductor sold by plastic-mart.com. It's manufactured by Den Hartog Industries at www.acerotomold.com. According to their documentation this inductor is FDA food-grade for specific gravities up to 1.700. It also has marks every half gallon. Let us know how it turns out if you go this route or even if you don't.
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