From Swinnerton Brewery of Marysville, Washington on 5/17/2015.
Excellent! Perfect for 1 barrel batches. Super easy to assemble, clean, and sanitize. Built to last! Plus American made! Stop by Swinnerton Brewery for a taste of Genuine Homebrew Style!
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 . . .
10/18/2011 – I'm interested in brewing Sake. I love your conicals, especially the 42 gallon! How can I control the temperature to stay at 50 degrees F? I think I read a question on the website and the answer was the temperature was controlled by the room temp.... But, I can't have a room at 50 degrees unless it's a walk in cooler or something. Suggestions? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It can be done using an upright freezer and a temperature controller, believe it or not. Even the 42 Gallon Fermenator! The temperature controller allows the freezer to maintain 50 deg F (or whatever temp you choose).I would make sure that the upright freezer you choose is large enough (inside) to accomodate whatever size Fermenator . . .
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
3/27/2010 – I'm about to get a house in texas and I was thinking about upgrading to the big 42 gallon stainless steel fermenter tank. How would you keep it cool/hot? is there a outershell that you can put water into?? Or does it even matter? are the different sizes different in this matter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You'll have to keep it cool/hot by adjusting the room air temperature. There is no water cooling jacket (outershell). All of the sizes are the same in this respect.Does is matter? This depends on what you are brewing (ale, lager, wine, mead etc) the requirements of the yeast being used, and the room temperature.
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.
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. . . .
9/27/2008 – what is the rough size of this 42gallon fermentor without the legs height depth width thanksPS love your site best one yet
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Roughly, it measures 24" deep (inside diameter), and 45" high for just the fermenator/airlock. Add a little more to the height (say 4") for the bottom valve.If you need more accurate dimensions lets know.Thanks for the comment on our website. We work hard on it!
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.
2/11/2008 – For the 42 Gallon fermentor approximately how many gallons of actual beer is produced?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You should have no trouble yielding 35-38 gallons of beer.
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 – 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 . . .
11/5/2006 – 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
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 . . .
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.
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.
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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