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.
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!
12/10/2006 – Is it possible to get this seven gallon fermenator in Europe?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is possible (depending on the country), but very expensive.
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
8/20/2006 – In an answer to another's question, you implied you could bottle directly from the fermentor. To do this, you'd first have to remove (virtually completely) sediment through the bottom valve; then add bottling sugar through the top hatch; and then attach a bottle-filling wand to the bottom valve -- correct? But somehow, you'd also have to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I will assume you are talking beer, here. Wine is much easier. I may have been responding to a wine customer. Yes, you would remove the sediment from the bottom dump valve. You would actually attach your bottle-filling want to the valve that is located up a little way on the "cone" part of the fermenter. It would be well out of the way . . .
8/16/2006 – Which stainless alloy is this made from, i.e. 316, 304, or other?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is 316
5/25/2006 – i too have been using the mr. beer kit and am ready to move up the ladder. my question is this, do you still use a primary and secondary fermenter with the steel fermenters?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The stainless steel conical fermenter (Fermenator) does both jobs. It acts as a primary fermenter, and then the sediment can be removed from the bottom (drained off thru a valve), allowing the secondary fermentation to take place (clarifying your beer).
4/9/2006 – I'm considering a 7 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter, but have several questions.1) Regarding the fermenter; I am assuming that since you can't see when the yeast has finished fermenting (by bubbling) you must have to check with a hydrometer. Since dealing with such a small batch (5 gallons), I assume you want to wait until the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) That is correct, sort of. The Fermenator comes with a conventional airlock, so bubbling CAN be monitored. It also has a sample port for drawing a sample and testing with a hydrometer. 2) The best way is by using a peel-and-stick thermometer, called a Fermometer. We have them. They are inexpensive, and work nicely with the stainless steel . . .
3/28/2006 – I am actually interested in this fermentor for something other than brewing. I want to use it to grow anaerobic bacteria in my lab! In order to do that, I need to know if the fermentor is completely airtight and if there is a way to vent excess gas from it without letting outside air in.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is airtight and has a vent for releasing gas. We have sold these fermenters to others for exactly the same purpose.
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.
3/28/2005 – Thanks for you quick reply on my Iodophor question. Although I am not yet a customer, your immediate assistance has guaranteed that I will be making my next materials purchase with you. I've been brewing about 10 years, but only about 4-5 batches per year, so I still consider myself fairly green. I purchased a pony keg about 3 years ago . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Pouring boiling hot liquid into a glass carboy is an invitation for disaster. I wouldn't do it.The counterflow wort chiller cools, but it doesn't siphon. in fact you need to have a good siphon going (or a pump) to get it thru the counterflow chiller. Personally, I like the immersion type chiller. Once it is cool, it can be siphoned safely . . .
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.
12/23/2004 – What is the outside measurments of the fermentor. Height, total width?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The 7 Gallon Fermenator is 15" in diameter, and 26" high without the optional leg extensions. With the leg extensions, it is 46" high.
11/26/2004 – I am new to this. Do you need any additional equipment besides the conical fermentor? I have seen two-stage kits that come with a ton of stuff (i.e. fermentation lock, etc.)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Fermenator comes with a fermentation lock, of couse, but the beauty of it is that the whole process can be done in the same vessel. Dead yeast and crud like that can be drained off the bottom, leaving good, clear wine or beer above. There are optional extension legs, but they are not really necessary if you have a benchtop or similar to . . .
9/1/2004 – Can this fermenter be used for wine or just beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It works just for both beer and wine!
6/1/2004 – What is the advantage to a conical fermenter? Does it just let you pour off the sediment so you don't need to move it to a second container?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the sediment collects in the cone, and can be expelled thru a valve on the bottom. Your beer doesn't sit on dead yeast, and won't get "off" flavors with long fermentation times.
5/13/2004 – Most recipes I use are for 5 gallon runs. Would I have to increase these to 6.8 gallons to use this fermenter? Also how do you rack this to a carboy without getting all the sediment in there also?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the additional volume provides a little extra headspace for foaming during the active part of the fermentation. No need to scale up.For racking, there is an arm down near the bottom for that purpose. It is above the bottom "dump" valve, in the cone portion of the fermentor. Very handy.
2/13/2004 – When using a conical fermenator do you leave the bottom valve open at all times so the sediment collects in another container or do you leave it shut and when the 1st stage is done open it and drain the sediment out. Thanks- Kevin
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Think of when you use a carboy or bucket as a first stage fermentor and all the stuff (called trub) that collects in the bottom after you have poured the wort into it. When using a conical fermentor, a lot of people will drain that sediment out a few hours after adding the yeast because the good yeast will stay in suspension. When 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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