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Argyll
post Jul 14 2005, 05:17 PM
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The Fermenator from Blichmann Engineering.

I have the newest model, the pressurizable 14.5 gallon model with the domed lid.

The "tub" is a seamless, weldless piece of stainless steel. The fittings are all high quality stainless steel. Even the o-rings are high quality. I had concerns about boiling them so I went to McMaster.com and checked the specs on the o-rings. Good to go! Also included are a couple of nylon threaded hose adapters, a section of hose, extra o-rings, a rubber stopper, and a three piece airlock.

Blichmann includes excellent instructions and even has the McMaster part number for all the o-rings and even the preferred HD Teflon tape.

It comes almost fully assembled. The only things I had to do were:

1. Loosen the carrying handle nuts a bit
2. Replace the lid sealing ring nut with the included wingnut

After that the only thing left to do was clean it, bolt on the fittings, and sanitize.

The only thing additional I could wish for would be some sort of thermowell. John told me he prefers an external "stick-on" sensor for economy and sanitation reasons. I would prefer the option of an internal thermowell for accuracy and compatibility with existing controllers. I will try to use a corny keg out tube and a multi-hole rubber stopper for a makeshift thermowell.

All in all a great piece of equipment. Not inexpensive, but worth it for the long haul.
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Browndog
post Nov 15 2005, 04:17 PM
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Excellent product!

I put off buying one but with the new domed lid design, I had to have one.

I use a thermowell from a corney product dip tube and a two hole stoper. A Rancor digital controller is used to control a brewbelt for heat, or a fan for cooling.
It is designed to go into a fridge, but I don't have the space for another ...

See the product in action: http://browndogbrew.blogspot.com/
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Brewpastor
post Nov 15 2005, 04:20 PM
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I have 2 of the 24 gallon units and love them. I rigged them with an internal coiling coil that is connected to a glycol tank/cooler with a pump and temp. control. Heaven in my garage.
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nealperkins
post Feb 15 2006, 10:34 PM
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Brewpastor, do you have any pics of your set up?
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