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Self Chilling SS Fermenter

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by pirateagenda, 5/10/18.

 

  1. pirateagenda

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    Posted 5/10/18
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    Posted 5/10/18
    They have a demo model on the floor at the Brewers Choice homebrew shop in Woori Yallock, VIC if you want to see it before purchasing. I have seen it and it appears to be Chinese made.
     
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  3. pirateagenda

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    Posted 5/10/18
    Cheers - i'm up in Wollongong though so a bit far to check out.

    Yes, they are definitely chinese - but do they look like complete POS's or of reasonable quality?
     
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    Reasonable quality, yes. It's been a while since I've seen it. You might have to switch out some bits but the conical itself should do the job just fine.

    I went with the 70L (50L plus headspace) Brew-Tek fermentors as they are much better quality. They have different sizes and come in both jacketed and unjacketed. I've plumbed mine into a glycol system from Keg King.
     
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    Thanks, I'll have a look into them... am needing something 1BBL sized or bigger though.

    the ebay ones with their own chillers are cheaper than most other jacketed uni's of the same size!
     
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    One issue would be support. If something goes wrong with it you may be on your own.

    It would always be repairable I would say but could get expensive.

    Look pretty sweet though. I would love something like that.
     
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    i'm thinking if the chilling system s**ts itself, you could replace it with a $750 G-40 (could run 2 small ones off each G-40) and still come out in front.

    the quotes i have for the self chilling ones are:
    120L - $2400
    200L - $2800
    300L - $3800
    400L - $3800 (wierd i know)

    for jacketed uni's best landed prices from various suppliers:
    120L - $2899 (ss brewtech 1 BBL)
    200L - $4500
    400L - $5500
    plus glycol for any of the above

    Tintai in china is about half the price of the landed prices above, but by the time you add in shipping, customs and the pirates ripping you off when your stuff is sitting on a dock, the saving isn't worth the headache for what i'm wanting.
     
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    Mr Pirate Agenda, this is your IBU conscious here. Seeing I kinda sell a lot of kit I have connections ...
     
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    Are you’re talking bulk buy Scotty? I may be interested, my brew fridge seems to have died today.
     
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    Oops sorry, just realised this isn’t an IBU thread. Fridge is working ok though. Turned out it was a dodgy extension lead.
     
  13. pirateagenda

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    Haha wish i had have seen this a couple months back!
     
  14. pirateagenda

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    Yeah i did end up getting the 120L one.

    Its decent but not awesome.
    -Few welds arent great.
    -The heating method is a bit dodgy, but the chiller works really well.
    -Its advertised as 120L plus headspace but im not sure it holds 120 plus headspace. Probably more like 105-10 tops.
    -The fittings on the bottom are way undersized and block up with hop matter easily so im going to order some bigger fittings
     

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