We have had more than few users inquire about what volume the chill coil starts at and how full their Chronicle needs to be filled to achieve effective cooling. For example, a user that purchased a 14 gallon BME Chronicle but wants to do the occasional 5 gallon batch can probably expect roughly 35-40% of contact if 6 gallons of total volume make it into the fermenter. Which would in most cases works great for holding ale fermentation temperatures.
Yet, keep in mind that the time it takes to effectively chill the beer may vary based on ambient temperatures. Furthermore, we recommend that users avoid more advanced lagering or crash cooling activities with smaller batches since it will put additional stress on the chill water source to achieve such a low relative temperature.
If you plan on using your Chronical often for partial batches, it may be better to use a flat lid mounted coil with coil extensions for better surface area contact, in that case a standard series Chronical with FTSs system would be a better choice. Users that are still unsure which route they should ultimately take, a BME Chronical or a standard series Chronical, keep in mind that we will be providing the necessary upgrades as separate accessories to convert a standard Chonical to a BME Chonical. We did this so users didn't have to sacrifice features to customize their vessel to their own individual needs.
Here are the measurements for each size and the corresponding liquid volume where the chill coil begins and ends:
7 gal - 3.75-6.50 gal
14 gal - 4.00-10.75 gal
Half bbl - 5.00-13.75 gal
1 BBL - 12.00-34.00 gal
Ro G.Brewing Manager – Great Divide Brewing
Since receiving our Brew Buckets we have been turning them over at a breakneck pace. We will be taking a beer to production this July that originated in small batch testing we did in the Brew Buckets.
I realize the video is too long! I was just really excited to get my Chronical, and I wanted to show people what they are missing if they don't buy from Ss. The quality is amazing! I have a Belgian Tripel fermenting away as I type. Ill be making more videos soon. Thanks for not robbing me like the "other" high quality conical guys.
Alexander P.Chili Line Brewing Co.
The cooling coil let me easily control the temperature with a bucket of ice. No glycol chiller needed. Also, your exceptional customer support and set you far ahead of the competition.
Once again I'm in total amazement with the products. Fit and finish second to none. The butterfly valves are better than expected. Very pleased and will be ordering more in the near future.
Both my brother and I received the fermenters today and we were blown away by the quality and fast service/shipping. I told my brother I was buying him a early Christmas present...he knew it had something to due with brewing. He had no idea he was getting a awesome Ss BrewTech piece of equipment!
Refuge Brewery fills the roll of testing all new equipment manufactured by Ss. As our partner brewery, they were the first to receive our new 5bbl Pro System for prototyping new recipes, in addition to brewing small batch beers targeted toward their busy tasting room.
Many of Great Divide’s newest creations were born in a Ss Brewing Technologies Brew Bucket. Their cache of Brew Buckets allow them to test a variety of hops to ultimately perfect their recipes.