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#1 stlinch

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 05:24 AM

I have started brewing again after ~6 years so looking to upgrade some equipment.  I currently ferment in glass carboys 6.5 and 5 gallon.  Looking for something that is easier to move around, clean and store.  The speidel fermenters look nice but so do some of the stainless steel ones.

 

Also I was using Beersmith but I have changed computer so need to find a software too.  What's the latest and greatest?


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#2 Mando

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 06:19 AM

so 5 gallon batches?

 

I'm not really up to date but I would def look into SS if you can swing it or at least something you can seal up tight and use CO2 to transfer.  one of the things I like about fermenting in something like this is that I can naturally carb during primary.  saves CO2 and reduces the time from brew day to beer in your glass.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 08:07 AM

I use BeerSmith 3.1.7. Still the best out there for my money. If you don't want to get too fancy, I use plastic 6.5 Big Mouth Bubbler from Northern Brewer. They work well and are easy to clean and inexpensive.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 10:37 AM

I've been using the Grainfather conicals and glycol chiller.  Dunno if that's what you're looking for, but I love them.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 11:32 AM

I am a Spike Flex + fan but the Anvil look nice (if you don't need all the bells and whistles) for less money.
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Posted 02 August 2020 - 01:27 PM

I use BeerSmith 3.1.7. Still the best out there for my money. If you don't want to get too fancy, I use plastic 6.5 Big Mouth Bubbler from Northern Brewer. They work well and are easy to clean and inexpensive.

Looked at those. I would really like some handles but keep those in mind.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 01:32 PM

I have started brewing again after ~6 years so looking to upgrade some equipment.  I currently ferment in glass carboys 6.5 and 5 gallon.  Looking for something that is easier to move around, clean and store.  The speidel fermenters look nice but so do some of the stainless steel ones.

 

Also I was using Beersmith but I have changed computer so need to find a software too.  What's the latest and greatest?

When I brewed I got the speidels and loved them.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 03:53 PM

I have started brewing again after ~6 years so looking to upgrade some equipment. I currently ferment in glass carboys 6.5 and 5 gallon. Looking for something that is easier to move around, clean and store. The speidel fermenters look nice but so do some of the stainless steel ones.

Also I was using Beersmith but I have changed computer so need to find a software too. What's the latest and greatest?


Looks like that Speidel is less than $50 on eBay. Tempting.

https://www.ebay.com...redirect=mobile
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Posted 02 August 2020 - 04:34 PM

Looks like that Speidel is less than $50 on eBay. Tempting.

https://www.ebay.com...redirect=mobile

That may be hard to pass up.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 04:48 PM

Looked at this one on Alibaba. Don't know what shipping would be, tho. I sent an email to find out. I've ordered plenty of stuff from DHgate but never Alibaba.

https://m.alibaba.co....73fd21572JrIx7
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Posted 02 August 2020 - 05:04 PM

Looked at this one on Alibaba. Don't know what shipping would be, tho. I sent an email to find out. I've ordered plenty of stuff from DHgate but never Alibaba.

https://m.alibaba.co....73fd21572JrIx7


Different top, and more $$, but similar https://www.deltabre...mtank-8-gallon. To be honest, that conical bottom is pretty useless. Angle is not steep enough and the valve is tiny.
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#12 Gusso

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 05:55 PM

Looking again at the Speidel, I might get 2. Comes to $71.36!
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Posted 02 August 2020 - 06:14 PM

Beersmith will change over to a new computer as long as you can still access the email address you bought the program through. They have a link to get the key renewed on their website.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 04:26 AM

Well, even though I wasn't looking for a new fermenter, this thread got me buying 2. For $35 a piece it was a no brainer. What's crazy is that it you live near Cape Coral, FL, they're only $18.50. I think it was the idea of having handles that swayed my decision to get new fermenters. I always pictured those big glass carboys doing major damage to my feet at some point.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 07:47 AM

Apparently, my order was cancelled by the seller. Reason being that the shipping price was fixed for only one fermenter. Oh well, I guess I'll just get one. Still not a bad price.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:44 PM

Looks like they are just hiding the actual price in a shipping charge. Pretty common online sales tactic.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 01:12 PM

Still under $50. Much cheaper than other places I saw.
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Posted 03 August 2020 - 02:14 PM

Still under $50. Much cheaper than other places I saw.

I got one too.  The Spike Flex + look very nice. If I really start back brewing a lot I will get one.   We have came a long way from bucket and carboys.


Beersmith will change over to a new computer as long as you can still access the email address you bought the program through. They have a link to get the key renewed on their website.

I will have to check.


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 07:59 AM

Looked at those. I would really like some handles but keep those in mind.

you can buy them with the harness https://www.northern...astic-fermentor

$34.99


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 05:11 PM

what I really liked about the Speidel was no more autosiphon.


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