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Hands on Review: FerMonster Fermentors

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Fermonster PET Fermentor

With all of the fermentor choices out on the market, there are plenty of good reasons to not be fermenting in that plastic bucket that came with your starter homebrew kit. Most of us make that realization when we can no longer fool ourselves into calling it “white”, and it carries the aroma of all the previous hop varieties it’s seen. PET Plastic fermentors are the logical next step up from the HDPE plastic buckets.

PET Is far less porous than HDPE. Because of that, it makes for a great oxygen barrier. As a material, HDPE passes through 50x the amount of oxygen over a given time than PET. So PET makes for better long ferments like if you’re lagering (or are just the forgetful type). Glass is an even better oxygen barrier, not allowing any oxygen to permeate it. But from a practical perspective, just like Coca-Cola figured out, glass is heavy and creates a nasty mess when you drop it. PET Is also cooler than that plastic bucket because the fermentor is clear, which allows you to view the exciting chemistry going on inside your brew.

The Fermonster comes in different sizes and options. They come as big as 7 gallons or as small as 1 gallon. And also intermediary sizes of 6 gallons and 3 gallons. You can get it without a spigot or with one if you want to do gravity beer transfers instead of using a siphon.

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Flash Sale: 14 Gallon Chapman SteelTank UniVessel Stainless Steel Fermenter & Kettle – $119.99 + Free Shipping

14 Gallon Chapman Stainless Fermenter Boil Kettle Portless Beer Wine Moonshine

Chapman Brewing Equipment UniVessel™ Brew Tank.  Functions as a fermentor and a kettle

  • The most affordable stainless steel fermenter
  • Pressed gallon markings
  • Easy to clean
  • Perfect for 10-12 gallon batches with plenty of head space
  • Comes with a #10 rubber stopper and airlock.
  • 14″ inner diameter, 24″ height
  • 16″ diameter at widest point and 28″ height (if it is including ball valve and airlock)

Chapman Brewing… makes great fermenters!  Check out: Hands On Review: Chapman Brewing SteelTank Fermenter – that’s of the previous version of this fermenter.

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $144.99. Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Canada and International shipping options are available.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.  For some pricing clarity: Compare to this William’s Brewing offering < Note that the William’s offering DOES NOT ship for free.

Stacks With: For a short time eBay is taking $25 off orders of $119 or more.   That brings this down to just $119.99 and free shipping is also still in play.

14 Gallon Chapman Stainless Fermenter Boil Kettle Portless Beer Wine Moonshine

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Flash Sale: Ss Brewing Technologies 3.5 Gallon BrewBucket Conical Fermentor – $104 + Free Shipping

SS Brewing Tech 3.5 Gallon Mini Brew Bucket Mini Stainless Fermenter Beer Wine

Ss Brewing Technologies 3.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Brew Bucket Fermenter.  About, from the offering description: “What really sets The Brew Bucket ™ apart from other fermenters are features such as stacking during ferment or the included rotatable racking arm and ball valve spigot assembly. What other fermenter on the market allows you to stack one on top of another even with airlocks plugged into the lids? The integrated racking arm is an ingenious design allowing for easy rotation during racking along with easy cleaning. The Brew Bucket’s conical bottom allows trub to settle out nicely in a more concentrated space and has the effect of minimizing the surface area of your beer that is contact with the trub during ferment. Brewer’s grade 304 stainless steel construction, integrated racking arm / ball valve assembly, stackable design, and conical bottom…. That’s an awful lot of fermenter for the money!”

  • SS 304 Construction
  • Rotating racking arm and valve
  • 3.5 gal max capacity for 2.5 gal batches
  • 40°Conical bottom
  • Stackable design for storage or  during use
  • SS Lid w/ Silicone seal, kept tight w/ spring loaded clamps
  • Internal Volume markers
  • 8.5″ Bottom Width / 11″ Top Width x 16″ Height

I have both the 7 and 3.5 gallon versions of this fermenter and they are both awesome.  Also check out our hands on review of the 7 gallon size – Hands on Review BrewBucket Fermenter

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $129.99 (which I believe is MAP – Minimum Advertised Price – for this fermenter). Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: For a short time eBay is taking $25 off orders of $119 or more.   That brings this down to just $104 and beats typical MAP pricing.  Free Shipping is also still in play.

SS Brewing Tech 3.5 Gallon Mini Brew Bucket Mini Stainless Fermenter Beer Wine

Also: Hands on Review BrewBucket Fermenter

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Ss Brewing Technologies 7 Gallon BrewBucket – $174 + Free Shipping – Beats MAP Pricing! + Hands on Review

Ss Brewing Technologies 7 Gallon Stainless Steel Brew Bucket Fermenter.  From the offering description: “The Brew Bucket™ is the first of its design! An affordable stainless steel brew bucket fermenter. This 6.95 Gallon capacity fermenter sets itself apart from other fermenters with features such as stacking during ferment or the included rotatable racking arm and ball valve spigot assembly. Save space by stacking these fermenters, keep your beers tasting as clean and fresh as possibly by fermenting in stainless steel versus plastic, AND The Brew Bucket™ keeps all light out, preventing your beer from spoiling or getting any off-flavors during fermentation!

The Brew Bucket’s conical bottom allows trub to settle out nicely in a more concentrated space and has the effect of minimizing the surface area of your beer that is contact with the trub during ferment, which then minimizes “off” flavors in your beer! Does your plastic bucket have a conical base?! Didn’t think so! Brewer’s grade 304 stainless steel construction, integrated racking arm / ball valve assembly, stackable design, and conical bottom …. All of this for $225 bucks!! That’s an awful lot of fermenter for the money! Buy one of our Brew Buckets ™ and see for yourself.”

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $199.99 (which I believe is MAP – Minimum Advertised Price – for this fermenter). Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: For a short time eBay is taking $25 off orders of $119 or more.   That brings this down to just $174 (beats typical MAP pricing by $25) and free shipping is still in play.

Ss Brewtech 7 Gallon Stainless Steel Brew Bucket Fermenter

Also: Hands on Review BrewBucket Fermenter

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Used 5 Gallon Balcones Whiskey Barrel + Stand – $86.99 with stacking deals

Used Whiskey Barrel - 5 Gallon

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallonvia Austin Homebrew Supply

From Austin Homebrew Supply: “Age your next batch in some serious style with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! From an award winning small batch distillery deep in the heart of Texas (Waco, TX), this barrel will add a professional level of depth and complexity to your next batch. Comes with a stand to store your barrel with ease.”

As of this posting Austin Homebrew Supply has this combo on sale for $99.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is discounting most orders over $49 by 13%. No coupon code is required, savings will be automatically reflected at checkout.  That works with this barrel and makes it just $86.99.

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon

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Used 5 Gallon Balcones Whiskey Barrel + Stand – $86.99 with stacking deals

Used Whiskey Barrel - 5 Gallon

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallonvia Austin Homebrew Supply

From Austin Homebrew Supply: “Age your next batch in some serious style with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! From an award winning small batch distillery deep in the heart of Texas (Waco, TX), this barrel will add a professional level of depth and complexity to your next batch. Comes with a stand to store your barrel with ease.”

As of this posting Austin Homebrew Supply has this combo on sale for $99.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is discounting most orders over $49 by 13%. No coupon code is required, savings will be automatically reflected at checkout.  That works with this barrel and makes it just $86.99.

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon

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8 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical – $347.76 + Shipping

8 Gallon Conical Fermenter w/ thermometer, Home Brewing, Beer, Stainless Steel

8 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter via eBay Seller affordable-distilling

Features: Thermowell and 3″ thermometer, 2 x 3/4″ ball valves (5/8″ ID), Tri clamps and gaskets, Stand assembly, Lid gaskets, Hose barb 3/8″ and Airlock

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $347.76.  Shipping is an additional fee that can vary based on your location. Check the listing for current price, description and availability.

8 Gallon Conical Fermenter w/ thermometer, Home Brewing, Beer, Stainless Steel

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Case of 4 FerMonster 1 Gallon PET Carboys – $42.99, $10.75 Each! via AIH Christmas in July Sale + Hands on Review

Case of 4 FerMonster 1 Gallon PET Carboys

Case of 4 FerMonster 1 Gallon PET Carboys

From AIH: “All the great features of the FerMonster in a new 1 gallon size! This pack includes 4 1 Gallon FerMonsters, perfect for making multiple small batches or splitting a larger a batch. Incredibly easy to clean, this mini FerMonster features smooth, ribless sides to reduce the residual yeast and sediment build-up and an incredible 4″ wide-mouth opening, which reduces both spillage and the need for additional equipment when filling or cleaning the FerMonster. Includes a lid with a drilled hole to easily insert a #10 stoppper or drilled medium bung..”

  • 1 gallon capacity
  • Brilliantly clear with built-in gallon markings
  • Made with food-grade plastic and BPA-free
  • Lid is constructed as one piece, providing an airtight seal

As of this posting, AIH has this marked down to just $41.99 as part of their as part of their Christmas in July Sale.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

Case of 4 FerMonster 1 Gallon PET Carboys

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Related: Hands on Review Fermonster Fermentors

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Used 5 Gallon Balcones Whiskey Barrel + Stand – $99.99

Used Whiskey Barrel - 5 Gallon

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallonvia Austin Homebrew Supply

From Austin Homebrew Supply: “Age your next batch in some serious style with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! From an award winning small batch distillery deep in the heart of Texas (Waco, TX), this barrel will add a professional level of depth and complexity to your next batch. Comes with a stand to store your barrel with ease.”

As of this posting Austin Homebrew Supply has this combo on sale for $99.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon

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Genesis 6.5 Gallon Plastic Fermenter $41.99, Save $18 via AIH Christmas in July Sale

genesis fermenter

The Genesis Fermenter has a 6.5 gallon capacity.  A unique thing about this fermenter is that it uses replaceable sanitary liners.  These liners do not need to be sanitized and reduce or entirely eliminate cleaning your fermenter.

From AIH: “An innovative new fermenter with sanitary inner lining.  The Genesis Fermenter features a sanitiary inner liner (includes two liners), providing a double layer of protection agains exposure to bacteria and making clean up a breeze. Liners arrive sanitized so you can cut your prep and cleaning time down and get fermenting. Fermenter has a 6.5 gallon capacity and is constructed out of durable plastic. The Genesis also features an industry leading 5.9″ wide mouth to easily remove liners and clean the interior of fermenter.”

Genesis Fermenter Includes:

  • Genesis Fermenter – 6.5 Gallon
  • 2 Genesis Sanitary Inner Liners
  • Fermenter Lid & Gasket
  • Rubber Stopper & S-Shaped Airlock

As of this posting, AIH has this combo available for $59.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

As of this posting, AIH has this marked down to just $41.99 as part of their as part of their Christmas in July Sale.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

Genesis 6.5 Gallon Fermenter

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