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Blichmann Fermenator Conical - 14 gal. Fermenter (Standard Fittings)
BL114
$511.99
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This stainless steel Blichmann fermenator conical features a weld-free interior, a dump valve for removing yeast and sediment, and a rotating racking arm for transferring. Prior to bottling or kegging, you can dump your yeast and trub out of the bottom, making for a very clean transfer. This helps with a cleaner, crisper beer everytime! The lid has a removable soda keg-style hatch that is pressure capable, allowing you to easily transfer using CO2 to minimize air exposure. Optional casters and leg extensions are available as well. The standard fitting conicals come with 1/2" fittings. The 14 Gallon Fermenator is designed to ferment 10 gallons at a time.

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Item # BL114
Weight 42LBS
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What is the lid diameter of this fermemator?
Dependable Landscape on Jan 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's just under 17.5" outer diameter.
Reviews

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A step up from buckets but there are some minor kinks
A friend of mine was nice enough to lend this to me while I did two 10 gallons batches. To pay this much for a steel bucket was always hard, and still is considering this has no promise to improve your beer.

The first batch I did in this conical was a Belgian Blond. Pretty simple. The first minor drawback was sanitizing the inside. Since this was on a tall stand with wheels it was very awkward tilting it and making sure every nook and cranny has some starsans solution. Draining it was simple with the facet at the bottom.

Since it is on a stand the next minor glitch was getting the wort into the conical. This was a two stage process since I don't have a pump. I drained the kettle into buckets and poured it into the conical. This did result in nice foaming as I dumped it in.

The seal around the top (lid) seems again awkward. It's basically a huge C clamp which I added some brewer lube to make sure the fit was air tight.

The two holes in the lid are perfect. Well done. A standard size blow off hole and a standard size keg lid hole. It even comes with a pressure release gravity valve. Well done.

Now I had about 10 gallons of wort ready to ferment. Moving this from the garage to the house took two people since the only handles are the two metal hinges. Again aukward.

After fermentation and after dry hopping (second batch was an IPA) the beauty of conicals is draining the trub or hops at the bottom. If I was rating this conical on this alone I would give it 5 stars, but I'm not.

There is a second facet allowing for draining into kegs on the side with a rotating internal tube. This is great. It allows you to avoid sucking up trube when you're draining into kegs.

My biggest complaint and the reason I give this only 3 stars is that both drains (bottom and side) could be designed better for cleaning and wear-and-tear. I can't help think that over years of use the facets will leak and may limit the life of this conical. I could be wrong. The bottom valve inside has nook and crannies to clean.

The last minor issue is that I can not fit this in my chest freezer to ferment. This limits the months I can use this and the style of beers.

Bottom line is this is a good solid conical. If you buy it you'll enjoy it. I just can't help thinking that there are a few areas that can be improved on and will make this conical look old not too soon.

Cheers.
May 17, 2015
Love it
Once you see how nice and easy it is to dump your yeast for re-use on the next batch, you'll love it. I got the leg extenders which are nice to bring it to a working height when its cool enough in the garage for proper yeast temperatures, but they are too long to fit it inside a hollowed-out upright refrigerator. I lost the tool that allows you to hand-tighten the lid ring, so its a bit of a burden to tighten now, but Blichmann offered to send me a new one for free. I was worried about the racking arm leaking after a lot of use, but its held up like a champ for more than 8 years of use.
May 5, 2015
Blichmann Fermenators
Once you get a conical fermenter, you'll never go back ... easy to clean, no transferring to secondary (you just dump trub as you go), easy to bottle from (you'll need CO2), and allows for easy yeast harvesting.

It's sometimes hard to get a good seal on the lid while pressurizing during bottling or kegging. Here's a tip that solves this problem. Rub some keg lube (MoreBeer CL48) on the rim of the fermenter before installing the lid. This wets the joint and provides a much better seal. This also works well on any o-ring like keg valves and hose quick-connects to help them seal and/or keep them from sticking.
June 30, 2013
Great fermenter
I've had this fermenter for a couple years now so felt it was time to give it a long term review.

1st let me say that once you have one of these, find a good shelf for your glass carboy because it will become a showpiece and nothing more.

Exterior:
Completely stainless steel. Vessle, legs, fittings...everything. Functional and pretty. Two hinged handles lock into place to allow for moving it around full or empty. I thought about getting casters at one point but if you have a second set of hands, it is fairly easy to move even full.

Lid:
The removable lid maintains an excellent seal and is easily removed for cleaning. It has 2 ports; one locking hatch for pitching and adding hops with a pressure release built in, and a standard bung style with stopper and airlock.

Interior: Again all stainless. The only areas that require special attention during cleaning are around the two nuts that hold the bottom dump fitting and the racking arm. However, since the lid fully removes, those spots are easy to get to. Throw away your bottle brush.

Overall:
Flawless fermenting for a couple years now. No problems with build quality, or anything else, for that matter. A real work horse. Rack, Pitch, Rack, Repeat.

Helpful Hints:
When you first get the unit, take a wrench to all the fittings. The bottom dump should not move at all, and the racking arm should be snug, but still allow a little rotation.

Teflon Tape is your friend! Nothing more annoying than a little puddle of beer under your fermenter.

Bottom dump can get stuck with trub. There is not a lot or pressure produced by 10 gallons of beer. If you have used pellets and had a good amount of cold break, you will end up with some hefty trub. I often have to give it a little boost by pressing my CO2 hose into the hole on the stopper and pressurizing the vessel a bit. Don't worry about over pressure, the release valve will open if you get too high.

May 1, 2013