A Look at Deep Woods Products Stainless Cavern Fermenter

Deep Woods Products produces a line of stainless bottles, growlers and fermenters.  Here’s a look at their 5 gallon (6 gallon capacity) Cavern Fermenter.

 A top down look at the lid
 
 Bottom side of the lid.  Notice the white o-ring that fits into the lip of the lid.
 
 I received several extra airlock grommets.  I found it easiest to install the airlock when it is wet.  Installing a dry airlock ended up damaging the grommet.  A sanitizer soaked airlock fixed that problem as it slid in easily without damaging the grommet.
 
 The Cavern has a plastic ring around the bottom, presumably to protect it from getting dinged or dented.  Good idea.
 
Here’s a picture of the optional ball valve installed in the lower of two 1/2″ NPT ports. It’s difficult to see in this picture (and in person), but there is what I would call a slight dent between the two ports. I asked the Deep Woods Products about this and was told “We have had a few that have a very slight indentation. This was created when we bored the two ports into the stainless steel. Due to the tension on the stainless steel and the wall thickness this created a slight indentation between the two ports. This will not affect the performance of the cavern one bit. Its more of a cosmetic issue.” At least on the one I have, you really need to look closely to notice this.

 The whole thing assembled.

 

Included instructions.


This is more of a first looks type post since I haven’t had the chance to try fermenting a beer in my Cavern yet.  I’m looking forward to giving it a try on one of my next batches.

My first impressions are very good.  This is another Deep Woods product that I was wowed by the first time I saw it – stainless bottles being the first.  Considering it’s all stainless construction, this is a relatively inexpensive way to get into fermenting in stainless, as compared to stainless conical fermenters.

These come in 5, 10 and 12 gallon versions.  The 5 gallon version has two ports and the 10 and 12 gallon versions have one port each.

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10 thoughts on “A Look at Deep Woods Products Stainless Cavern Fermenter

  1. Anonymous

    Not sure what a $135 container does that a $45 corny doesn’t, other than have more crevices, cracks, and inability to hold pressure.

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    1. Chris Brewer

      This is actually 6 gallons. You can’t easily ferment a 5 gallon batch in a 5 gallon corny. 10 gallon cornies work pretty well (I use two as fermenters) but you’re talking around $300 for those. The cavern also has a ball valve. Both options certainly have their place. It depends on what you’re going for.

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  2. Anonymous

    You can unscrew the lid and actually reach your arm in and scrub it out. Also the ball valve on the bottom means you can transfer w/ gravity alone. And the 5 gallon model is actually 6 gallons, so you can ferment a full 5 in it.

    I own two of the 5 gallons ones and the inside welds are very smooth. I love them.

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  3. Anonymous

    I boil and ferment 5.5 gallon batches in my 10 gallon cavern. I made an immersion chiller that is “just right” and bought a stainless steal hop spider that fits inside the chiller. I boil with the spider and chiller in the cavern. The bottom is a on the flimsy side for a kettle.

    I will agree that it is pricey for what it is, but having one less vessel to clean and sanitize on my brew day is worth the money.

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  4. Anonymous

    Ok, so I am not one for spending that extra dollar on something that I can get by without.
    For years I have been brewing with glass carboys, and I am always extremely careful until I accendently dropped it. This happen just after I worked all morning, brewing my favorite IPA.
    The whole carboy exploded into what seemed like a million pieces all over my garage floor. I was very lucky I didn’t get no more than a few minor cuts on my legs from the flying glass.
    The very next day I purchased 2 of these 5 gallon fermenters. I can honestly say these fermenters are one of the easiest to clean and handle, and besides that I am much more relaxed on my brewing days.

    I will be purchasing 2 more of these or maybe a 12 gallon..trying to decide.

    5 stars to Deep Wood Brew! Great Job Guys

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    1. Chris Brewer

      I too have had an issue with a glass carboy. Dropped it down a couple of steps and had glass shoot up into my feet. Not that best brew day ever. I still use glass carboys, but I’m a lot more careful. The Cavern definitely has an edge with regards to safety.

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  5. Anonymous

    Other than being more expensive and stainless steel, do these have any advantages over the Speidel Fermenters you detailed the other week?

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  6. kflo

    Has anyone tried boiling with one of these on a propane burner? Any luck, or is the bottom to flimsy to handle the direct flame?

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