Chapman Brewing Equipment’s SteelTank line of stainless steel fermenters are available in 7 and 14 gallon sizes in both ported and unported versions. The SteelTank features stainless steel construction, gasketed lid, pressed volume markers and an available port option. The fermenters offer advantages over buckets and glass carboys since they resist breaking and scratching.
Here’s a look at the 7 gallon ported SteelTank fermenter…
A look at the fully assembled 7 gallon fermenter. Dimensions from Chapman Equipment are… 12″ inner diameter, 16″ height. 14″ diameter at widest point and 20″ height (including ball valve and airlock), Note that this is billed as a This is a UniVessel because it can double as a kettle. You can boil and ferment in the same vessel.A look at the handle. It is well made, a good size and integrates nicely.One of the four lid clasps. These move smoothly and seal firmly. These along with the lid seal provide a nice airtight seal. At the price and considering it’s features, I will say that I am impressed by the quality of construction. The smoothness that these operate and solidly clamp into place is an indicator of quality.Folded down claspInside of the 7 gallon fermenter. You can see the inside portion of the removable bulkhead on the left.Pressed volume markings are visible inside the fermenter. This is a great feature. Dialing in your recipe, gravities and taste profile are dependent upon getting the right volume of beer. These pressed markers help with that. This is a 7 gallon capacity fermenter which is great for 5 gallon batches. The 14 gallon size should easily accommodate 10 gallon batches.Inside of the lid. Notice the lid o-ring as well as the airlock grommet.Airlock installedThe 3-piece stainless steel ball valve included on ported models can be disassembled for cleaning and sanitation. The instructions recommend removing the ball valve each time before using and boiling for 5 minutes. In addition, you can periodically disassemble to clean and sanitize.My UltraShip Ultra-55 shows this weighing 7.41 lbs.
For the price and features, this is a great fermenter. Considering it’s price and free shipping, this fermenter is a bargain. It gets you a great set of features and away from plastic and glass. Chapman’s SteelTank Fermenter is thoughtfully designed and well made.
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