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Chronical Fermentor: The missing guide - Brewmaster Edition

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SS Brewing Technologies missed the mark on the instructions for the Brewmaster Edition of their Chronical Fermentors. This is a huge topic across the forums and websites about how to assemble this product with the limited documentation. I'm going to walk you through step by step on the following: -Fermentor Overview -Fermentor Disassembly -Fermentor Assembly -Review of the Fermentor Link for the food grade Lubricant: http://amzn.to/1rMhUsJ Link for the 14 gallon Brewmaster Edition Chronical: http://amzn.to/1rSXldZ Link for the 1/2 Barrel Brewmaster Edition Chronical: http://amzn.to/1TtmuCd
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Erin Waddington (19 days ago)
If you want to use without the chiller, is there a way to plug the holes?
J Simpson (1 month ago)
Chronical or Conical? Is it a newspaper or a fermenter?
ZmannR2 (8 months ago)
The sample port does not need a wrench to be tightened either.....just hand tighten the nut on the inside....my sample port has o-rings on inside AND outside
rbwduece (1 year ago)
Brewtech should link this video from their website, as it's very informative.
guillame45 (1 year ago)
excellent presentation, very informative
guillame45 (1 year ago)
Excellent presentation, extremely informative.
Elliott Mills (1 year ago)
Steve, do you plan on doing 10ish gallon batches only with the conical? I'm on the fence between the 7 and 14. Do you feel as though there would be extremely too much head space trying to do a 5?
Brewing with Steve (1 year ago)
Elliott, sorry for the delay I do both 5 and 10 gallon batches. I suggest just paying the extra money and going with the 14 as it would allow you to grow your system and allow you to do double batches if desired. If you're not interested in growing to 10 gallons I would simply go with the 7 gallon.
Bryant Nachtigall (1 year ago)
Does the beer come our clear when dry hopping with hight rates? For example, does hop material get caught on the chiller coil during crash cooling and end up in the keg? Thanks for the review!
Brewing with Steve (1 year ago)
Bryant, sorry for the delay. I currently have the conical at a professional brewery who does high hopping rates and they have not had any issues with clarity on the system In addition they have brewed lagers, ales and sours in the same vessel without any cross contamination. They do however have access to commercial chemicals!.
Andrew Corbett (1 year ago)
how low does the chiller go in the tank? I was wondering because I may want to do some 5-6 gallon batches for specialty purposes.
Brewing with Steve (1 year ago)
Andrew Corbett the chiller will be appropriately half way covered with a 5-6 gallon batch.
cmarkel14 (1 year ago)
Just an FYI - apparently the o-ring did the sample port goes on the outside, not the inside. I complained to SS Brewtech about the o-ring smashing out issue and they told me it needs to be on the outside. They said it is that way in the quick start guide, but I have not had a chance to check yet. Cheers!
ZmannR2 (8 months ago)
Theyre being smashed because you're over tightening. Also, they all come with o-rings on inside and outside now
Nathan Brauner (1 year ago)
Thanks for posting this. It was driving me crazy!
Brewing with Steve (1 year ago)
I realized this after the port leaked like crazy when testing the system out with just water. Great feedback!
James Bryant (1 year ago)
Conical.... not chronicle...
Brewing with Steve (1 year ago)
Phillip, never thought of that. Clever branding technique if so.
Phillip Hintze (1 year ago)
Dude, it's a play on words. Chronic + Conical = Chronical. I'm assuming that the meaning is that they intend for the purchaser to be a chronic (defined as persistent or constantly recurring) brewer.
Brewing with Steve (1 year ago)
You're absolutely correct this is a conical fermentor based on the shape of the fermentation vessel. I imagine SS was forced to brand this product as Chronical due to a copyright or other trademarked product called a Conical.
James Bryant (1 year ago)
I don't understand why this company miss-labels it's product.
Duane Willis (2 years ago)
Steve, great overview of the Brewmaster Edition chronical Fermenter. Was wondering if you have any hints & tips for cleaning?
Brewing with Steve (1 year ago)
You're very welcome Duane. Sorry for the delay I have been out of the country exploring the beers of the world. I fill mine up with hot water and PBW, let it sit overnight and do a light scrubbing on it in the morning. Spray it out and your GTG. I primarily focus on the valves and fittings when doing the scrubbing to ensure all of the trub and buildup is completely removed as this is a primary source of contamination.
Michael Fearn (2 years ago)
Good guide!! I have the 14 gallon. I also got the FFTS temp control and it is bloody amazing! Keeps it within 1 degree all the time. I used to get a spike in the temp and I had to switch water sources manually. Now with the heating pad and cooling loop it is so so easy. I even dump the wort in sometimes with it still way too hot. Just cool it a bit and it's ready. I also geared up a pressure transfer system using CO2 and a direct connection to the kegs. I love this thing! As a final touch I make my own clean in place system with a sump pump and the CIP ball. Cleaning is laughably easy now. I used to take it all apart but not anymore. This thing is amazing! Though I am scared to total up all the crap I bought for it. :) Edit: Also in theory you would feed cooling water into the coil from the bottom or heating water (if you are using it for heating with a cooler and aquarium heater+pump as I did at first) from the top. This would support convection distribution of the beer. So the falling beer as it gets cool would cool further as it drops down the coil or heating beer would heat more and more as it lifts past the coils.
Ho Mark (2 years ago)
Nice video sir. here is my experience. after i done 7 batch with 7gal version chronical. i found hold temp is problem if you don't have auto controll chiller. the room temp here always 30C ~ 33C. i have to replace 35L ice every 2day for ale. last two batch , the one batch try ferment in 6 gal corny keg with refrigerator . all i need to do is set right temp range and wait for 2 weeks. it's more convenience and easy clean than the chronical fermator. The newest batch I test ferment in corny keg under pressure. i hope it will be good result after 2 week. Sorry poor english.
Brewing with Steve (2 years ago)
Great in formation! I'm currently fabricating a glycol system for my chronical. The tank is going to be made from stainless steel plate and will use a window AC unit. More to follow!
Michael Fearn (2 years ago)
If you do add the FFTS temp control and make a Clean in Place system. It's pretty bloody awesome.
BabylonMister (2 years ago)
Outstanding, sir! Thank you!!!!
Brewing with Steve (2 years ago)
You're very welcome! I'd like to get some more videos up some time in the near future.
Thomas Praetzel (2 years ago)
Do you know where these are manufactured? Aloha from Maui
Brewing with Steve (2 years ago)
Aloha Thomas! Sorry for the delay, I've been traveling everywhere except for Maui! I just climbed up in the attic and looked at the box which says Made in China. To be honest I would not let that deter you from purchasing one of these if it's a worry of quality. Thanks for the comment and I hope to add more content soon.
Dan Bronson (2 years ago)
This is awesome. Thanks so much for making this video! So...how do you rack from the fermenter to a keg? Do you need an additional piece of equipment?
rickytantriad (2 years ago)
Very helpful, thanks! 2 questions...how do you degas with that coil in the middle? How do the coils affect the cap/is it difficult to punch? Skal!
Brewing with Steve (2 years ago)
Sorry I am not using this fermentor for wine, only beer, so I really don't have an answer for you.
drezloful (2 years ago)
Very thorough review. Thanks for going into so much detail!
Brewing with Steve (2 years ago)
You're very welcome! Thank you for watching.

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