From Allen W of Arlington, Washington on 9/19/2014.
The Blichmann products are great. But the seal that connects the lid on looked like someone played basketball with it. I called Homebrew Heaven and they had Blichmann send me a new one right away. Thanks guys
From Anonymous of waco, Texas on 8/18/2003.
I can stuff a whole body into it with no problem
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 . . .
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.
3/10/2009 – Are the stainless steel 27 gallon fermentors a "one step" fermentor?..... Or do you need other containers to make a batch of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It can be used as a single stage fermenter. The conical bottom allows the sediment to be drawn away, and clear beer can be kegged from a valve part way up the cone.
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.
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!
11/17/2006 – do you sell brew ingrediant kits fo 27 gallon fermenter and once cooked can you ferment and bottle from 27 gallon fermenter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't sell ingredient kits that are specifically for a fermenter, like the 27 gallon one. We sell 5 gallon kits only, so if you want to use kits, use 5 of them.Yes, you can ferment and bottle (or keg) from the 27 gallon Fermenator.
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 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-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
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.
5/28/2005 – What is the size of the shipping box for the 27 gallon fermenter (dimensions) and shipping weight?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is sent in a box that measures approximately 24" X 24" X 36". It weighs approximately 52 lbs without the optional leg extensions and about 58 lbs with them.
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 . . .
5/16/2005 – Do you have to rack off of the lees when using the 27 gal. fermentor? Or can you just open the bottom valve and drain till its clear?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, that is the beauty of using it. The sediment can easily be cleared from the bottom. Your beer/wine can be drained from either the bottom dump valve or the sampling port, which is part way up the bottom cone.
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. . . .
3/1/2005 – I'm in the process of obtaining licenses to make and sell beer and wine here in KY. Would you have any fermenters available that are larger than 27 gallons?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We now have a 42 gallon model. See below.
3/1/2005 – How many max gallons of wort is recommended for the 27 gallon steel fermenter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably 21-23 is maximum, again, depending on the type of yeast (ale vs lager), temperature and lots of other factors. The new domed lid helps, however.
2/24/2005 – Okay, I have to ask, how in the hell do you boil the wort for a 27 gallon Fermenator? Not on the kitchen stove! You might be able to brew like the pro's if you have the equipment but where do you keep the equipment? I imagine this 27 gallon fermenator takes up a great deal of space. In order to keep the fermenator at room temperature that . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Using an outdoor (propane) cooker and a large brewpot, or two. You might be surprised. The 27 gallon Fermenator isn't really that large.
2/23/2005 – What equipement should I use to fill bottles from the 27 gallon fermentor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just a 1/2" NPT barbed fitting and some hose, either 3/8" or 1/2" ID. Here is a link to the fitting:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Product=1135We also have stainless steel barbed fittings if you prefer that.At the end of the hose, it might be nice to have a bottle filler.
2/23/2005 – how do you syphon from the 27 gallon fermentor? What would you use to syphon from the fermentor to bottles?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You normally wouldn't. There is a ball valve down below to start/stop the flow.
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.
11/24/2004 – Hello again. I am currently using 6 gallon plastic buckets for primary fermenting and secondary fermenting. Im getting ready to make the big purchase and get your 27 gallon stainless steel fermenter. My question is, can I remove the top of this unit for primary fermenting, then draw off the dead yeast out through the bottom, put the lid on . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will work nicely for that. The lid is easily removable, and has a tight (gasket) seal. Yes, a thermometer can be installed, altho a "peel and stick" Fermometer works very nicely on it.
11/20/2004 – Can the 27 gallon fermenter be used for primary fermenting?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely!
9/8/2004 – you mean i can buy the 27 gal. for 778.50 with the 10% off, but i would rather buy a 21 gal. is this possible?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. We don't offer a 21 gallon Fermenator.Sorry.
6/28/2004 – do you think it's possible to fabricate your own leg extentions or would you pretty much have to buy the ones they sell for it 'cause thats like a hundred bucks towards dme and yeast and stuff
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure, if you are handy. Even a wooden platform will suffice, really, as a base. Some 2X4's and plywood will make a decent platform, and the legs that come with it will make it stable on top of that. The leg extensions are nice, and worth the $$, but if it was me, I would build a custom (wood) platform with shelves for my brewing accessories. . . .
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.
1/9/2004 – 1-What is the empty weight of 27 Gal fermenter?2-Is there a standard crating for shipping?2-What is the total weight of the fermenter with the shipping crate?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1-Approximately 48 lbs without the leg extensions, and 56 with the leg extensions2-Not sure what you mean...it arrives in one box. Shipping charges are based on weight and zip code.3-For the fermenter, 51 lbs. With the leg extensions, it is 59 lbs.
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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