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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2004 * March 30, 2004 * Conical Fermenter Bottom Valve < Previous Next >

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Ric Heinz (
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 03:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK. I think got this one in the proper place!

I am considering moving "up" to a conical fermenter. I have several questions regarding the bottom "dump" valve. I see two different configurations offered, a "straight through" valve mounted vertically and a valve mounted horizontally on an elbow. Any thoughts as to which configuration is best?

I would think these valves and fittings would plug up with yeast cake. Is this the case? Are these valves used initially to get the cold break and trub out of the fermenter, then left closed? Is anyone removing the flocculated (wow!!!) yeast on a regular basis via this valve?

Houston, TX

Joe Williams (
Posted on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 04:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yep, it's in the right place now.

Having said that, I use my bottom dump for removing the yeast cake to enable a secondary without racking. I have also used my bottom dump to rouse yeast with a blast of CO2. I have never had a problem with clogging and mine is vertically mounted.

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