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Cheap conical?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:56 am
by yeastmeister
Ok, I have no experience with these, but I like what I see.

Check out the conical.

I sort of even like the immersion chiller concept. It can still be glycol chilled. I really like the 4 inch tri-clover on the top, considering the problems I have seen with the current design of lids. That opening is also big enough to take a true clean in place ball, and it should have no trouble taking pressure.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:48 pm
by thebuddrik

PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:21 am
by thebuddrik
What do yall think about these?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:22 am
by lhardin02
I want one! :P

PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:56 am
by thebuddrik
What do you think about not having a removable lid?
It also didn't say anything about taking pressure.
Decisions, decisions...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:00 am
by yeastmeister
The lack of a removable lid, I consider a plus. The seal around the lid is the least sanitized place in the conical. Consider it to be like a large stainless carboy. Just fill it up to the top, pour in a scoop of oxyclean, and ignore it for a couple of days. It will come clean. Thats all I do with mine with the removable lids. Its still got a 4" opening on it, so thats plenty enough to stick your arm in and scrub if you really wanted to.

As far as pressure, all tri-clover stuff is rated to take pressure. Since every opening is tri-clover, You can pressure that sucker up way beyond what you would need to do for beer.

If I was in the market for another conical, I would definitely get the chiller option, and run glycol through it. Clean it in place in the conical, then store it in starsan. I can imagine a 5" PVC pipe capped and filled with starsan, that you can just drop the chiller in to sanitize it, heck, store it like that if you want.

Be aware that the tri-clover model doesn't come with anything else, you still need to provide all the tri-clover fittings. For me, thats not a problem, I'm already tri-clover everywhere, fittings are readily available on ebay.