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  • martyl
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    If you have no other port put a "T" on the sample port and put carbstone straight in and sample port on the "T" side so you can check carbonation with Zahm or get sample out easily.

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  • Cjfenske
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    Thanks, this will help a bunch.

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  • backslope
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    If you are pulling off the racking port that will help with the sediment a lot, and probably solve any problem you might have. I pull off the bottom, like a true bright tank, but I also crash it pretty well in the FV for a few days, dump yeast/trub pretty well, and pull off a racking port off the FV, so not much sediment is getting to the makeshift BBT to begin with. After letting it settle and condition and carbonate in the BBT for a few days I can just dump about a gallon or so of slurry off the bottom and then be pulling good clean beer. This is on a 4 bbl tank, and packaging in kegs, filling kegs at a medium-slow fill rate.

    The first couple months I was using this tank as a BBT, my methods and crashing timelines were scattershot, hurried, and inconsistent, and my final product shared those qualities as well. Working much better now that I'm not trying to rush things.

    Good luck.

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  • Cjfenske
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    Originally posted by backslope View Post
    Yep, you can do that. One of my "brite" tanks is actually a conical fermenter with a carb stone, and I've been using it as a BBT for over a year. Just be careful that the beer going into the tank is as clear as possible, since in my experience the cone bottom isn't as effective as a traditional dome bottom BBT in collecting/settling yeast/hops/trub and keeping it from pulling off and going into the kegs when I'm packaging.

    I might not replace the sample valve with the carb stone though, so you can at least use the sample valve to check the beer carb levels. So if you can put the stone in a different port you might be better served.

    Good luck.
    I was planning to pull off of the racking port. Are you pulling out of the bottom port like a true BBT or the Racking port and thanks for the response.

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  • backslope
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    Yep, you can do that. One of my "brite" tanks is actually a conical fermenter with a carb stone, and I've been using it as a BBT for over a year. Just be careful that the beer going into the tank is as clear as possible, since in my experience the cone bottom isn't as effective as a traditional dome bottom BBT in collecting/settling yeast/hops/trub and keeping it from pulling off and going into the kegs when I'm packaging.

    I might not replace the sample valve with the carb stone though, so you can at least use the sample valve to check the beer carb levels. So if you can put the stone in a different port you might be better served.

    Good luck.

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  • BroadWay411
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    You can. Dependent on where your jackets are located on your tank it can cause your beer to warm up if you don't fill the tank all the way, but as long as you are in contact with a jacket you'll be fine.

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  • Cjfenske
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    Using a FV as a BBT?

    Hello all,
    Quick silly question. If i have and empty FV and need to get a beer carbed and out the door. Could I place the carb stone where the sample port goes and use that tank as a make shift BBT. I really can't think of any reason why not, but was wondering if someone has done this before.

    Thanks All
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