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JDWebb
08-22-2015, 11:06 AM
Look what Santa Claus brought me yesterday. Funny thing was though, he was wearing a FedEx costume...

http://www.jamesdwebb.com/images/fermenter1.jpg

http://www.jamesdwebb.com/images/fermenter2.jpg

kuri
08-22-2015, 12:28 PM
Got one of those myself. Just slipped a disc last week trying to lift it, full, from under a counter. Let me recommend that you not try to do that. 4.5 kg feels light, but add in 20 kg of must and lift it improperly and it can do a real job on your back. Other than that it's been great so far. I hope you enjoy it.

JDWebb
08-22-2015, 01:31 PM
Ooooh, watch the back, I hate lifting my 5 gallon glass carboy. I'm looking forward to it, also planning on ordering a second one for secondary.

Clwurster
08-22-2015, 03:11 PM
Is that a bag of potatoe chips in the background I see?

JDWebb
08-22-2015, 06:52 PM
No, its a hot/cold bag for groceries (blue one). We put ice in it and get fresh fish from the Asian market here, the other is just a grocery bag (green one)

EJM3
08-22-2015, 08:13 PM
That must have been his Summer outfit you were looking at, much too hot to wear all that fur lined Winter gear...

Love the fermentor & so jealous, let us know how all the wonderful brewsperiments that gorgeous baby produces!

JDWebb
08-24-2015, 12:43 AM
So, here's the setup...
The carboy has 35 feet od 3/8" copper tubing wrapped around it with vinyl hose leading down tot he back of a 48qt cooler, and connected to a small submersible fountain pump to circulate cold water. It is controlled by a digital controller.
The Fermenter has the same setup using the FTSs system from SS Brewtech.


http://www.jamesdwebb.com/images/fermenter.jpg

GntlKnigt1
08-24-2015, 05:08 AM
Awesome setup...should effectively keep temps of must down in southern California heat, open top makes it easy to add stuff and stir it, drain at bottom good for racking, stainless steel easy to clean and wont scratch. Lifting might be the only downside (and maybe cost). Well done, my friend.

JDWebb
08-24-2015, 09:27 PM
Yes, lifting will be a no-brainer, its going to be elevated with the 5 gallon carboy directly below for easy racking. Once its filled, no reason to move it! I have a small digital thermometer with a probe coming from Amazon that will monitor the water temp inside the cooler.

And here's my latest....the worlds smallest fermenter...LOL

http://www.jamesdwebb.com/images/small.jpg

GntlKnigt1
08-25-2015, 12:18 AM
Lol. Okay, what's going into tiny fermenter?

JDWebb
08-25-2015, 12:42 AM
2 cups water, 5 oz honey, 1/8 tsp yeast!

EJM3
08-25-2015, 01:48 PM
So instead of a bottle bomb, you're going from more of a bottle rocket, hand grenade, type of device to distract people from the glory of the Stainless Steel?? :rolleyes:;D

JayH
08-25-2015, 03:51 PM
Actually it is a special batch for the house elves.

mannye
08-25-2015, 04:48 PM
I just noticed the AWESOME conical bottom. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm connnnnnicaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll llllllllllllllllllllllagahaahgahgahgahgagagahhhhhh

jdranchman
08-26-2015, 01:52 PM
JD - I'm having a hard time seeing how you can fit a steer into your "new stainless steer fermenter". As a former rancher myself, I'm sure you can understand the dilemma. I think you need a bigger pot than that or some other compression method that I'm just not thinking about at the moment. I bet it would be even better as a conical fermenter for mead. Just a thought and trying to be helpful.

PapaScout
08-27-2015, 08:23 PM
Yes, lifting will be a no-brainer, its going to be elevated with the 5 gallon carboy directly below for easy racking. Once its filled, no reason to move it! I have a small digital thermometer with a probe coming from Amazon that will monitor the water temp inside the cooler.

And here's my latest....the worlds smallest fermenter...LOL

http://www.jamesdwebb.com/images/small.jpg

Looks like a prison hooch kit! Now if I could just think of a way to smuggle it in... :-D

Seriously nice setup with the conical. Radiating envy...

mannye
08-28-2015, 11:56 AM
Looks like a prison hooch kit! Now if I could just think of a way to smuggle it in... :-D

Seriously nice setup with the conical. Radiating envy...

I can think of a way.....

jdranchman
08-28-2015, 12:02 PM
I can think of a way.....

I've seen that in an x-ray before - though it didn't have an airlock on it...

GntlKnigt1
08-28-2015, 12:02 PM
I thought of a response to that mannye, and deleted it. This is a family forum!

mannye
08-28-2015, 11:53 PM
Lol.


Sent from my TARDIS at the restaurant at the end of the universe while eating Phil.

mannye
08-29-2015, 12:22 AM
Just for that.... Stainless Steer!

1676


Sent from my TARDIS at the restaurant at the end of the universe while eating Phil.

JDWebb
09-01-2015, 05:09 PM
And, along with my stainless steel fermenter, I made a chiller jacket using 50 feet of copper tubing for the carboy. It is controlled by an STC 1000 digital controller, ice chest has 4 gallons of ice in water jugs, and 2 gallons of water circulating. There are two pumps that feed the water jacket and the immersion chiller.

http://www.jamesdwebb.com/images/cooler1.jpg

http://www.jamesdwebb.com/images/cooler2.jpg

kudapucat
09-01-2015, 06:51 PM
JD - I'm having a hard time seeing how you can fit a steer into your "new stainless steer fermenter". As a former rancher myself, I'm sure you can understand the dilemma. I think you need a bigger pot than that or some other compression method that I'm just not thinking about at the moment. I bet it would be even better as a conical fermenter for mead. Just a thought and trying to be helpful.

Well there's certainly no way he's going to fit the bull I want then :-(
As I understand it, they're slightly bigger

Will this be a "No Balls Mead" then?

JDWebb
09-01-2015, 07:12 PM
Well, I've been wonderin' what an alfalfa and sorghum mead would taste like....LOL

mannye
10-16-2015, 08:13 AM
Hey would you ba able to take a picture of the very bottom? Is the valve offset to the side or directly protruding from the bottom? In the pictures it seems to be on the side of the cone.

kuri
10-16-2015, 10:31 AM
I can describe it. The valve screws into a hole that is very close to the top of the cone. I'd say close to 80% the distance from the bottom point of the cone to the walls of the fermentor. The cone holds approximately 1 liter of liquid (slurry, ball bearings, or what have you) before it reaches the opening of the valve. Depending on how much yeast you have at the bottom, you can either just drain it while it's level or you can tip it a bit to get more of the liquid out without also getting much extra yeast. (Sorry, I'm not well set up for pictures. I'll leave that for someone else.)

JDWebb
10-16-2015, 10:44 AM
Yes, the valve is about 4 or 5 inches from the bottom. Once you insert it and tighten the nut, turn it clockwise so the tube is pointing to the side or down. I usually put it to the side (quarter turn), that way sediment won't fill the tube. When you get ready to rack, twist tyhe valve assembly clockwise again so the tube it pointing up.

Watch this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l21T_dPbNw

mannye
10-17-2015, 01:53 AM
Yes, the valve is about 4 or 5 inches from the bottom. Once you insert it and tighten the nut, turn it clockwise so the tube is pointing to the side or down. I usually put it to the side (quarter turn), that way sediment won't fill the tube. When you get ready to rack, twist tyhe valve assembly clockwise again so the tube it pointing up.

Watch this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l21T_dPbNw

Excellent! Thank you!

TGMeadery
10-17-2015, 12:03 PM
Hey newby to the site here - curious why you went with the bucket rather than the chronical fermenter? Either way, awesome purchase!

JDWebb
10-17-2015, 03:27 PM
I wasn't concerned with having valves at the bottom for dumping trub, I don't brew beer, and the fermenters serve their purpose very well! They are easy to clean, and I am probably going to order a second one for a secondary to use as a first clearing vessel before transferring to a glass carboy.

I am also considering customizing a stainless steel 32 quart turkey deep fryer and making a fermenter out of it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXKw6l0J0Sc

mannye
10-17-2015, 11:27 PM
Really interesting. The turkey fryer solution would also make a great kettle for making fuel ethanol. I would use ptfe tape for the gasket.


Sent from my TARDIS at the restaurant at the end of the universe while eating Phil.

GntlKnigt1
10-18-2015, 01:50 AM
He's gonna have a continuous fermentation setup within another year, I bet.