From Morgan Bragdon of Shawmut, Maine on 10/8/2009.
I switched from 5 to 10 gallon batches and the Fermenator was a great help.No more racking to a secondary.I always hated to take the top off a pail for a hydrometer sample but now it's easy with the racking arm. The opening is wide so it's easy to clean.I've . . .
10/26/2013 – Could you tell me the size and weight of the shipping box for the 14 gallon blichmann fermenator? i'm looking at getting 4 or 5 of them sent to CA and then arrange my own sea shipping to overseas. Just trying to see how many i can fit in my space avail, and arrange shipping.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can arrange for 4 or 5 or them to be shipped for about $20 each to CA.Each measures approx 30.25" high with standard legs, and 50.25" with the optional leg extensions. 18.5" deep and 18.5" wide. Ships in a box size of approx 30" X 20" X 20" Each weighs about 43 lbs.
4/24/2012 – What is the difference between the standard fittings and the Tri-Clamp fittings? What can I do with the Tri-Clamps that I cannot with the standard?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Tri-Clamp fittings are basically a convenience product. You can DO the same things with the standard (threaded) fittings, but with Tri-Clamps they simply clamp together from the outside. Quick and easy. They are the type of fittings used in commercial brewing operations. No chance of cross threading, no need for wrenches. Designed . . .
1/7/2011 – What are the overall dimensions for each Fermenator unit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: See this link for the overall dimensions of the Fermenators:http://www.blichmannengineering.com/products/fermenatorOnce there, click on the "Data" tab for complete dimensions.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
3/2/2010 – You have mentioned that you can use a conical fermenter as primary and then just leave it in secondary, and finally bottle from it without moving it from the fermenter. How do you add priming sugar effectively to the entire batch without stirring it up too much and adding a lot of oxygen?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It works well with wine, mead and other non-carbonated drinks. It also works with beer when you keg it, instead of bottling.Since the all the Blichmann Fermenators have a bottom (dump) valve, you can simply dump all the crud out and have clear beer remain. It also has a sampling port on the lower part of the cone that can be used . . .
10/9/2009 – I'm considering the 7 gallon and 14 gallon conical fermentors. How much beer would be produced from/in each fermentor? Also if I were to use the 55 gallon Boilermaker brew pot, what would be the output of wort in gallons? would three 14 gallon fermentors be sufficient to ferment the output from the 55 gallon boilermaker output?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 7 gallon fermenter should yield about 5.5 gallons of beer.14 gallon model should yield about 11.5 gallonsWith the 55 gal pot, you should easily obtain 37 to 40 gal of wort yielding perhaps 32 gal of finished beer.Just estimates of course. Many variables come into play.
7/17/2009 – Is a 5 gallon carboy big enough to secondary ferment a 5 gallon batch of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As a secondary fermenter, yes. This assume that the bubbling has slowed down considerably by the time you transfer into the carboy.I would not use it as a PRIMARY fermenter, however if you hope to yield 5 gallons.
1/6/2009 – I would like to know if you have 14.5 Gallon Fermenator - Conical Bottom in stock?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Due to their size, we have them drop shipped from the manufacturer direct to customers. This avoids double shipping costs. Orders are processed quickly, and the Fermenators typically ship within 2 or 3 days from the manufacturer.We don't currently have one in the store (people keeping BUYING them!) but we do get them from time to time. . . .
7/14/2008 – what are the advantages to using a glass carboy as opposed to a plastic bucket?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better.
2/9/2008 – Hmmm. Looks like what I need. I am SO tired of futzing around with hoses and racking canes. But I'm a little confused about all the "head room" above the must in batches smaller than 14.5 gallons....what keeps the must from oxidizing in the later stage of fermentation? Is it airtight?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it has an airtight seal on the lid. That, and an airlock to release the pressure makes a good seal.
2/6/2008 – I am considering the purchase of a 14.5 gallon cylindroconical fermenter. What is the best way to sanitize these vessels? Currently I employ two 7.5 gallon carboys; I fill one completely up with an Iodophor solution then transfer the solution to the second carboy. Does one completely fill these fermenters to ready them? Will the lid seal . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For stainless steel, it's hard to be Star San. Very effective. Another good alternative is iodophor. Links to these products are shown below.You don't need to completely fill the fermenter to sanitize. The key is exposure time, not volume. Many people simply spray the surfaces for the recommended time, and then rinse.The lid makes . . .
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
1/11/2008 – What are the two valves for? Can I use this fermentor for the entire process or do you recommend transferring to glass in the final stage. If I can use this for the entire fermentation process, does this come with a hose I can use for bottling. Is the 14.5 the entire volume or is there blowoff room. The dynamics of the foam should be different. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You don't need to siphon with this arrangement. The bottom valve is for removing trub (sediment) as it accumulates, and the one directly above is for sampling and bottling. Yes, you can use this fermenter for the entire fermentation process. That is the idea.No, it doesn't come with a hose for bottling, but that is easy (and inexpensive) . . .
10/31/2007 – Finally a site that is easy to use, nice job!I've never brewed in my life. I've wanted to for the last few years, but up until recently, I didn't have the space for a brew kit because I was living in a very small apartment. I've got a large garage now that I'd prefer to brew in that isn't heated and I live in Illinois. I'm looking to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank you, we work hard on our website!That's a lot of questions, but I will try to address them individually. 1) Your garage. For brewing ales, you need to maintain about "room" temperature. For lagers, lower temps are just fine. Lagers take longer, is all. It's a matter of what you like to DRINK more than anything. Often, supplementary . . .
10/2/2007 – Can you use a 5 gallon batch in a 14 gallon conical fermentor without any problems?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I don't see why not. Your racking arm can be adjusted to the height that you need.
4/16/2007 – I recently purchased the 14.5 gallon fermentor. I want to push beer from the fermentor through a filtration system on its way to the Cornelius keg. What type of adaptor/connector do I need for the connection to the fermentor?Also, what is the maximum pressure recommended by Blichmann Engineering?Thanks,Bill
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Here is the response I got from John Blichmann at Blichmann Engineeringing:"The absolute max pressure on the Fermenator is 3 PSI which isn’t nearly enough to push beer through a filter. He’ll need to rack to a keg, and then pressurize the keg to push it through the filter into the final keg. The pressure capability for the Fermenator . . .
3/24/2007 – Why a 14.5 gal fermentor when most brews are in 5,10, & 15 gal. Also is the head space included in the 14.5 gal. Also is this compatable with blow off tube?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it seems odd, but it has to do with the size/shape of tools used for the metal forming operation. That is simply what you end up with.Yes, the headspace is included. Yes, you can use a blowoff tube with this fermenter.
1/2/2007 – Hello again! What would the shipping cost of the 14.5 gal. fermenter be to Rich., Va. zip code 23111?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Currently the shipping cost is $20.35 to your address (April 2014)
1/2/2007 – Hello, I'm thinking about buying your 14.5 gal. fermenter. Can I use it to make smaller batches of around 10 gals.? Or should it be used to capacity?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. There is no need to fill it completely.
11/17/2006 – Is there a way to install a "blow off tube" to get rid of the foam of primary fermentation, to prevent the bitterness or off flavors?Also, what is the best method to sanitize the opening of the upper valve, just prior to bottling/kegging. Iodophor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, simply replace the airlock with a length of tubing. Push it thru the opening in the stopper, and put the other end into a container of water.We also sell a Blichmann Engineering blowoff assembly for the Fermenator line of conical fermenters. See link below.The inside will aleady be sanitized, so it is only the outside that may . . .
11/11/2006 – I like to do my secondary ferment in a glass carboy, Will using the Fermenator finish off my beer as well as glass? Also, It seems that when you were to open the bottom valve to drain out sediment you would lose too much beer. Will Fermenator clean out more sediment than just being careful with a racking cane in a carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, just as well, maybe better. That's why breweries use stainless.Have never done a side by side comparison of sediment in carboy vs fermenator, but again, that is how commercial breweries do it.
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
8/16/2006 – Which stainless alloy is this made from, i.e. 316, 304, or other?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is 316
5/21/2006 – I'AM THINKNG BUYING THE 14.5 GAL. FERMENATOR. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FOR SURE THAT I CAN USE IT FOR BOTH PRIMARY ANDSECONDARY FERMENATATION IN MAKING A BATCH OF WINE.THIS WOULD SAVE ME ALOT OF TIME.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is done all the time.
3/26/2006 – I LIVE IN A HOT CLIMATE, CAN I USE A STANDARD FRIDGE TO PUT THE 14 GALLON CONICAL FERMENTER IN? AND IF SO COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW WIDE IT IS AFTER ASSEMBLED?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It measures approx 30.25" high with standard legs, 18.5" deep and 18.5" wide. It fits in most, but not all refrigerators. It is best to measure yours.Yes, a fridge can be temperature controlled as needed using our temperature controller.
12/29/2005 – I usually make beer in 5-6 gallon batches. How do you adjust the process with larger fermentors?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There really isn't much to it. Just use proprtionately more ingredients is all.
9/27/2005 – What size are the bottom and side valves on the fermenator and are they larger on the larger units?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All valves are 1/2 NPT, regardless of fermenator capacity.
9/1/2005 – When bottling from the fermentor do you just attach a siphon hose to one of those spigots on the bottom of the fermentor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. For convenience, it might make sense to attach a bottle filler to the outlet hose. The bottle filler will start/stop the flow as you go from bottle to bottle.
5/16/2005 – i am new to this, and i have seen and heard of people using plastic buckets for final fermentation, their purpose for doing this is so they can attach a spigot to the bucket for bottling, is this ok to do or is glass the better choice? thanx again and i find that you question and answer part of the site to be very helpful
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that can be done, but we prefer to use the plastic "bucket" type fermenter for the primary fermenter, and using glass for the secondary. We like the bucket for ease of cleaning, and besides, your beer is only in there for a few days to a week or so. We find glass to be better for clarifing your beer, however. This is not to say you CAN'T . . .
5/12/2005 – I'm undecided on which size fermenator is best suited for my needs. I wish to brew both 6 gallon and 12 gallon batches. Can i do the smaller batches in the 14 gallon model ?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you certainly can.
3/13/2005 – I'm just getting started brewing and I had a question. As a primary fermenter which is better, plastic bucket, plastic carboy or glass carboy. Then for secondary fermentation, plastic carboy or glass carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better. If I had a lot of money (not the case), I'd probably get a stainless steel Fermenator. Best of all worlds. . . .
1/26/2005 – i am looking around my town for some buckets that i can use for my fermenting and was just wondering if 5 gallons is big enough or should i go with 6 or 7? also do i need the lids for them and would i need to order anything extra from you like a hydrometer of fermenting stop?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have them. Here is a link.For beer, we recommend at least a 6 gallon fermenter to make a 5 gallon batch, and bigger is better. There is usually significant foaming in the primary. Yes, I would get lids. I don't consider a hydrometer "extra", I consider it essential. That's why we put it in our kits.
1/10/2005 – I've made wine 5 gallons at a time. Now I want to make wine at 20 gallons at a time. For a primary fermentor, I've used 6? gallon pail. With a larger batch, if I use a 30 gallon new clean plastic trash can, am I asking for problems (health and taste wise)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In a word, yes. Most trash contianers are not food grade plastic, and will transfer undesirable tastes.
8/18/2004 – I'm interested in the 14.5 gal conical fermenters, but want to run 2-stage fermentations. Can you effectively run a 2-stage fermentation in a single conical vessel? ...does the bottom valve actually allow you to efficiently remove trub after a primary fermentation without losing lots of wort/beer in the process? Thanks in advance for any input . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That is the idea. The trub falls to the bottom for easy removal. With a little practice, you should lose very little beer.
6/28/2004 – how much could a 14.5 gal fermenator weigh when its full? a 27 gal I have to think about where I'd put it ya know?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I know.For the 14.5 gallon model, about 160 lbs total, including the fermenator.For the 27 gallon model, figure about 265 lbs.
6/18/2004 – can you ship this femenator to Alaska? And can you add a thermometer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we can ship to Alaska, but we need to use USPS Priority Mail which is a little more expensive than regular (ground) shipment.If you don't want to use the sample port (about 1/2 the way up the cone), a thermometer will screw into that fitting. We could add a new thru-wall fitting higher up if you need it. Most people find that the . . .
12/19/2003 – I am having trouble keeping the temp in the room I am making wine between 70 and 75 degrees as specified in the wine kit I have. I live in Colorado and often the temp at night dips way down, and in the day it can get quite warm. I am not around at all times to adjust the thermastat. Could I solve this problem by wrapping the carboy with . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. We have a Brew Heat Pad that works very nicely. It's basically a hard plastic heating pad for carboys. If it's too warm during the day, just get a cheap lamp timer, and have it turn on only at night. See below.
11/2/2003 – My father wants to make root beer. I understand that you have ingredients for the root beer but where can i get the equipment to bottle and make the root beer in?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here at Homebrew Heaven! We have bottling equipment in the Beer Brewing section, and food grade buckets etc in the Carboys/Fermenters section.See below for the links to take you there
10/23/2003 – I noticed most of the malt extract brew kits are 5 gallon batches. Will a 5 gallon carboy be sufficient for fermentation, or will I need a 6 gallon carboy to allow for foaming? Thanks, I'm new to this.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We recommend going larger for the primary. That's why we put 6 gallon plastic fermenters in our equipment kits. You can use a larger carboy of course, but the 6.5 gallon "bucket" type fermenter allows for the foaming, doesn't break, cleans up easier, and is less weight for shipping. Hey...we were all new to this at one time. No shame in that! . . .
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