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Offline LuceKos

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Conical fermenters
« on: September 09, 2019, 03:59:03 PM »
I am going to buy 2 conical fermenters.  I was going to buy 3 "out the shoot" but have decided that 2 is a good start for me.  I am pretty set on a Spikes Conical.  I have mainly brewed 5 gallon extract batches (historically) but I am planning on venturing into BIAB.   I chatted (online) with a rep from Spikes today and she said that fermenting 5 gallons in a 10 gallon fermenter is doable and a lot of people do that.  The price point between them is making me question getting the 10 gallon.  Room (space) is not an issue for these.  I would probably buy the heating and cooling bundle, too.  My question is should I buy the 10 gallon versions or the 5 gallon versions?

I would appreciate comments.  Positive, negative or constructive criticism about his topic is ok with me.     

Offline Kevin58

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Re: Conical fermenters
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 07:37:53 AM »
I can only speak of my experience. My beer drinking circle of family and friends is small so my overall consumption is modest at best. I thought making 10 gallon batches sounded great. I have had the equipment to do so for about 6 years or more. In that time I have only made two 10 gallon batches. I ended up with more beer than I could get rid of in a reasonable amount of time. One batch of cream ale got stale before I got through it all. It takes up space in my kegs that I could use for another beer. And lifting a bag of grain from a 10 gallon batch is nearly impossible without a friend to help of a pulley rig.

With one large conical yes, you could ferment a 5 gallon batch. But 5 gallons or 10, once it's in use you are done brewing until the first ferments out. With two smaller fermenters you can have two different 5 gallon batches going AND if you want to do a 10 gallon batch you just have to split up the wort between the two. Also by splitting the two batches you can conduct side by side experiments with different yeasts... dry hopping... additives like fruit or oak.

Again, that's my experience. I considered a conical capable of handling 10 gallons but in the end I went with two smaller ones and have been happy with them. Your mileage may vary ;)

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Offline dtapke

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Re: Conical fermenters
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2019, 07:47:30 AM »
I'm somewhat the opposite of kevin, I have no problems burning through 10g, often my setup is used between 2 or 3 friends and we all brew together, brewing up to 25 gallons in a batch.

my only .02 would be to go bigger (10) and to go with SSbrewtech unitanks over Spike.
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Offline beergardener

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Re: Conical fermenters
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 12:57:16 PM »
Same boat as Kevin, have only brewed 10 gallons a few times because it's hard for me to get rid of it all.
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