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Retrofitting a 7 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter to fit in a Chest Freezer

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter ANIMATION

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter ANIMATION

 

Recently I had purchase a 7 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter and was in heaven until I realized that it did not fit in my converted chest freezer / fermentation chamber! So you know what that means; time to grab the cut saw and go all A-Team on the conical fermenter.

 

Stainless Steel Conical Homebrewing Fermenters

Stainless Steel Conical Homebrewing Fermenters

 

In the above photo, the stainless steel conical fermenter on the right is the 7 gallon unit that I am converting to fit into the chest freezer.  I am adding a temperature control unit to the stainless steel conical fermenter on the left and will cover that project in a future blog.  So to start, I had to replace the lid on fermenter with the lid from one of my stainless steel brew buckets.  Because the stainless steel brew bucket lid is flat, it saved me a few inches and let me connect a stainless steel elbow pipe fitting so that I can use a blow-off tube as opposed to an airlock which save me another couple of inches.  With those simple modifications, I was just about there.  Next I measured the clearance space from the lower valve to the floor and I had approximately 4 inches of clearance.  So I trimmed each leg down approximately 3 inches as you can see in the photo at the top of the page.

 

The modifications to my stainless conical fermenter worked perfectly and now it easily fits in my chest freezer and I am once again a happy man. You can see the photo below. If all goes well, I will brew my first batch with this fermenter this weekend and will let you guys know how it goes, but so far I have been very happy with the quality. I gave it a good cleaning and there were no leaks, all of the welds are perfect and the valves and fittings are all very high quality.

 

If you are looking to purchase one, they are currently available for just $395!

Click Here For the 7 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

 

If you need on of the stainless steel brew bucket lids, they can be purchased here for $23

Stainless Steel Brew Bucket Conical Fermenter Lid

 

 

Conical Fermenter

Conical Fermenter

 

 

 

Big Sale on Blichmann Homebrew Kettles and Fermenters!

Blichmann Engineering Stainless Steel Conical Fermenters and Stainless Steel Brew Kettles are currently on sale!  Click the conical fermenter image for additional details!

Blichmann Homebrewing Fermenters and Brew Kettle Sale

Blichmann Homebrewing Fermenters and Brew Kettle Sale

 

There is currently a sale going on at Greatfermentations.com that will let you save some serious cash on Blichmann Home Brewing products if you act now!  It is a limited time deal, so if you were thinking of upgrading your Blichmann gear, this may be the time to do it.  Blichmann Engineering makes some of the best homebrewing equipment around.  You can check out the sale items here:

 

Blichmann Homebrewing Sale

 

 

New 14 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

 

Homebrewing Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

Homebrewing Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

New Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter!

I upgraded my homebrewing fermentation equipment last week and purchased a new 14 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter.  The model that I decided to go with was the SS BrewTech conical, because it was high quality, had a ton of upgrade options and frankly was the best price out there for a stainless steel conical fermenter.

 

The Conical Fermenter is Available for purchase here

 

In addition to purchasing the base model, I also purchased a temperature control kit. You can get a basic idea how it look by viewing the following image.  Basically, the temperature is monitored via a probe in a thermowell, once the temperature reaches a certain point it pumps either hot or cold water through the stainless steel coin that is in contact with the fermenting beer.

 

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter with Temperature Controller Animation

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter with Temperature Controller Animation

 

The Conical Fermenter Temperature Control Kit Is Available Here

 

I ended up also changing out the stainless steel racking arm, which was the only item on the conical fermenter that I was not 100% satisfied with.  It was not bad, but I felt that the one that MoreBeer offers on their line of homebrewing stainless steel conical fermenters was superior.  In addition to that I also purchased a stainless steel yeast harvester for my homebrew conical fermenter.

 

Conical Fermenter Yeast Havester

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter Yeast Havester

 

The upgraded stainless steel racking arm and stainless steel yeast harvester with sight glass is available here:

 

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter Racking Arm

SS Conical Fermenter Racking Arm

Conical Fermenter Racking Arm

 

Stainless Steel Yeast Harvester with Sight Glass

 

Yeast Harvester

Yeast Harvester and Sight Glass for Conical Fermenters

 

I still need to do a little setup and cleaning on my new stainless steel conical fermenter.  I want to run the temperature control unit into my kegerator so that I can chill the cooling water in there.  As I make progress I will post some followup information!

 

14 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

14 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

 

This 14 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter for home brewing is currently available for $495 here.  They also have a 7 gallon version for $395.

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenters

 

Father’s Day Sale at MoreBeer.com

MoreBeer.com Fathers Day Gift Guide & Sale

MoreBeer.com Fathers Day Gift Guide & Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do not blog about home brewing coupon codes and promo codes to often, but if I come across a great one or a really fantastic sale that might save you some money then I will.  Currently MoreBeer.com is having one of those sales.  Right now you can save more than 25% off of some of their best home brewing equipment including stainless steel conical fermenters, stainless steel home beer brewing stands, home brewing ingredient kits and home brewing starter kits!  Here are a few of the items they currently have discounted.

Click here for the sale details! 

 

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

Stainless Steel Home Brewing Stand

Stainless Steel Home Brewing Stand 

 

More Beer Home Beer Brewing Kit

More Beer Home Beer Brewing Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stainless Steel Fermentors for Home Brewing

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

Stainless Steel Fermentor

 

I have good news for my fellow home brewers.  If you have always wanted a stainless steel fermentor for your home brewing setup but have been scared away from making the purchase by either the cost or the size than this might be the fermentor for you.

 

Last month MoreBeer.com released these new 7 gallon stainless steel conical fermentors and I picked up 2 of them.  They currently retail for $225.  There are several things that I like about these stainless steel fermentation buckets.  First off is that they are small enough where the still fit in the chest freezer that I use as a fermentation chamber.  Secondly, they have strong handles on the side that permit you to carry and move them around when they are full.  Something that would be far more tricky with a larger 14 gallon conical stainless steel fermentor.  Another thing that is great is that they have volume markers engraved into the side of the fermentor which is awesome!

 

Stainless Steel Fermenter

Stainless Steel Fermenter

Perhaps the best thing about this stainless steel fermentor is that it wont crack, chip, break or possibly shatter if you drop it and embed large shards of glass into your leg!  In most cases this will also make the need for a racking cane obsolete.  It is also larger than standard carboys! With its plus sized 6.95 gallon capacity you wont have to worry much about head space during high krausen on a 5 gallon batch. Lastly what I like about it is that it is far easier to scrub than a carboy since the large lid comes off so that you have full access to the inside of the fermentor.  Honestly about the only thing about a carboy that I miss is being able to watch the fermentation take place.  It would also have been nice to have another valve on the very bottom so that you could remove trub or harvest yeast from the fermentor.  Those two points aside, if you are looking to purchase a reasonably priced, high quality stainless steel fermentor or stainless steel brew bucket as they call this, than this is a great choice.

 

You can purchase this stainless steel fermentor here:

Stainless Steel Fermenter

 

 

 

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