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Spike Brewing Equipment v3 15 Gallon 1 Coupler Kettle – $195, Save $40 vs v4

V3 - 15 GALLON BREW KETTLE - 1 COUPLER

With the announcement of their V4 lineup of Kettles, Spike Brewing Equipment is also clearing out all V3 stock.  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.  Check out the Bargain Cave for complete selection and availability.

V3 Kettle Closeout

This sale brings the single coupler 15 gallon v3 down to $195.  That’s a $40 savings vs the the v4 edition of this kettle

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave! | Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle

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Spike Brewing Equipment V3 Kettles Closeout Sale! + Hands on Review

With the announcement of their V4 lineup of Kettles, Spike Brewing Equipment is also clearing out all V3 stock.  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.  Check out the Bargain Cave for complete selection and availability.

V3 Kettle Closeout

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave! | Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle

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Hands on Review: Spike TC100 Temperature Control System!

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.

Spike TC100 Temperature Control System

Controlling the temperature during fermentation is key to getting the right flavor profile out of your yeast. Sure, you can still make good beer without it, but you’ll be limited. It’s like walking vs. driving a car. Sure, you can get some cool places just by walking. But when you increase your mobility, you can explore more places that were out of reach when you were only walking. Getting back to fermentation, if you’ve got a cool basement and a heat wrap + controller, you can get control of ale fermentation. Add to that a cold water source and a method to circulate that water within your beer, and now you can also get control of lager fermentation, too.

Flex Fermentor [Hands on Review] with Neoprene Jacket


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Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts!

Spike Brewing Equipment has a Bargain gave that featured discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally limited.  Many times, only one is available.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available

Update: Limited Selection and No kettles in the Bargain Cave as of 5/13/19.  Check the Bargain Cave for current selection and pricing

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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle AND Kettle Closeout Sale

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.


Limited Time Sale, Review Continues Below:

Spike Brewing Equipment is closing out all V3 stock (a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post).  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.

V3 Kettle Closeout – a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post


Spike+ Kettle + Mash Tun Conversion

Spike kettles come in sizes from 10 gallons all the way up to 50 gallons. The 10, 15, and 20 gallon kettles all share a common trait of 1.2 mm thick walls and a 5 mm thick base. The 30 and 50 gallon units up those numbers to 1.5 mm walls and a 6 mm base. Spike is quick to point out that these are the thickest kettle walls on the market. At first that might not seem like something that matters, it just seems like something that makes them heavy to lift and move around. But if you accidentally bang it into a doorway or a table you’re thankful for sturdy kettle walls that keep it looking new rather than beat up.

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Hands on Review: Spike Flex Fermentor

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.

Spike Flex Stainless Fermentor

Stainless steel is highly valued in homebrewing because of its durability and ease of cleaning. When used in fermentors, this ease of cleaning means you don’t spend as much time scrubbing yeast crust and dry hop debris off the walls of your vessel when done fermenting. And since your beer spends so much time in contact with the surface of your fermentor, it’s easy for aromas to leech in over time to plastic fermentors. Glass of course doesn’t have this problem, but it does have the problem of shattering if you drop it…

Spike is well-known for their heavy duty stainless kettles and free-standing conical fermentors. With all that stainless laying around in their shop, it’s no surprise that they’re now entering the category of “stainless bucket fermentors”. These bucket fermentors are smaller in size than the long-legged conical fermentors. What’s surprising to me is the price difference between the stainless bucket fermentors and taller conical fermentors. Even with the same holding capacity, you’re paying a few hundred dollars extra just to get a conical fermentor up on stilts. The stainless buckets offer essentially the same features, they just require you to crouch down- which to me, is an acceptable compromise.

Weld Flange from the Outside
TC Flange Seamless Surface in Contact with Beer

Spike’s new Flex fermentor is a bucket fermentor (crouching required) that has a 7.5 gallon volume, and has a 45-degree angle cone on the bottom. Utilizing the same 1.5” TC flanges that they’ve mastered the welding with their Spike+ kettles, you can interchange pieces from the Spike accessory catalog for a thermowell and a draining valve. It comes with a rack arm when time to drain that can be rotated by loosening the 1.5” TC clamp slightly and turning it. That feature is designed for those that want to take advantage of avoiding the fallen yeast that has collected in the 45-degree cone, but want to rotate the arm while draining to try to get as much viable beer out of it as possible. And the racking arm has a simple but ingenious bump welded onto it so you know which direction the pickup tube is pointing while you’re trying to rotate it from the outside .

Polished Interior with Etched Volume MarkPickup Tube Rotated Down into Cone

The fermentor walls are ultra-polished. While this has a super-glam aspect that’s sure to dazzle your friends, it serves a practical purpose as well. The polishing process eliminates any kind of surface roughness, which makes it even easier to clean. The inside of the vessel contains electrically etched black volume markings every 0.5 gallons, the same as they have on their kettles. The base is supported by 3 sturdy legs with rubber caps on them to keep it from sliding around on floors (or scratching your floor).

Lid Clamped on with Seal Visible

The lid looks like something from a 1920s diving helmet. In the middle of the lid, there’s a giant 4” TC port that holds a polished clear hard plastic window so you can easily see what’s going on inside your fermentor without having to open the lid. The base Flex model has a hole for a rubber stopper and airlock, and 5 latches that hook over the edge of the lid and onto a flange on the base. This base latch and seal set-up is capable of holding 2 psi of internal pressure. The Flex+ model uses a band clamp that goes around the circumference of the lid and tightens down with a screw/nut feature. And the hole for the bung/airlock is replaced by another 1.5” TC port. This ups the pressure holding capability of the unit to 15 psi.

With its short & stout size, the Flex can fit in shorter areas, but it is pretty wide. From the bottom to the top of a 3-piece airlock, it stands 22” tall. The widest diameter, with the stackup of the racking arm and a Spike butterfly valve with a camlock fitting at the end of it, is 21” across. If those dimensions don’t work for your fermentation chamber, Spike also has a version of its TC-100 temperature control system available that makes use of some common components from their unitank conicals and a form-fitted neoprene jacket sized to the Flex dimensions.


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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle

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.


Limited Time Sale, Review Continues Below:

Spike Brewing Equipment is closing out all V3 stock (a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post).  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.

V3 Kettle Closeout – a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post


Spike+ Kettle + Mash Tun Conversion

Spike kettles come in sizes from 10 gallons all the way up to 50 gallons. The 10, 15, and 20 gallon kettles all share a common trait of 1.2 mm thick walls and a 5 mm thick base. The 30 and 50 gallon units up those numbers to 1.5 mm walls and a 6 mm base. Spike is quick to point out that these are the thickest kettle walls on the market. At first that might not seem like something that matters, it just seems like something that makes them heavy to lift and move around. But if you accidentally bang it into a doorway or a table you’re thankful for sturdy kettle walls that keep it looking new rather than beat up.

Continue reading

Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts!

Spike Brewing Equipment has a Bargain gave that featured discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally limited.  Many times, only one is available.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available

More: Recent Great Deals

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Announcing: Spike Brewing Equipment FLEX Fermenters!

spike flex

Spike Brewing Equipment has just introduced their new line of Flex and Flex+ Conical Fermenters!

From Spike Brewing Equipment:

We’re excited to bring you a small batch, 5-gallon fermenter that will open doors to quality, flexibility and functionality you can’t find anywhere else!

You all asked for this product and we heard you. Spike designed this with our customers in mind!

With all sanitary welded, 1.5” tri-clamp fittings and over 20 available accessories, you’ll be able to control temps, carbonate, pressure transfer and more all from one vessel!

While creating the FLEX, we made sure that you can grow into it and purchase accessories and upgrades as you go. Below is what you’ll get with the standard FLEX.


Check out the full lineup… FLEX Fermenters at Spike Brewing Equipment!

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Announcing: Spike Brewing Equipment Shorty Conical Leg Extensions

LEG EXTENSION SET

Spike Brewing Equipment has announced new shorter leg extensions for their conical fermenters.

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

The shorty leg extensions are 9” long (compared to 18”). They were specifically designed to be used with the 2” sight glass in the vertical arrangement. This was the major design criteria that Engineering noticed.

The long leg extensions were specifically designed to bring the racking port to a height where the conical can be gravity drained into a 5 gallon corny keg. However they are pretty long for those people that do not need to gravity transfer but want the conical high to use a sight glass for example.

*We recommend a bracing shelf when using the leg extensions for added stability*

**Not for use with the CF30**

Shortly leg extension specs: 
-304SS
-9″ long
-Top threads for attaching to conical legs
-Bottom threads for attaching leveling feet and casters

Long leg extension specs: 
-304SS
-18″ long
-Top threads for attaching to conical legs
-Bottom threads for attaching leveling feet and casters

 

LEG EXTENSION SET

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