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Hands on Review: FermZilla All Rounder Fermenter + Limited Time Deal

Thank you to HBF Contributor Aaron N for this hands on review!  Aaron is an advanced brewer, long time reader and a serial tipster!

FermZilla All Rounder

Fermenting under pressure has been a technique I have had my eye on for some time now and have felt the urge to experiment with it more and more lately. To me the most appealing benefit of pressurized fermentation is that at the end of fermentation the beer is fully carbonated and ready to drink (not accounting for beers that benefit from a period of conditioning). Other benefits include a potentially quicker fermentation, a higher retention of desirable aroma compounds that otherwise might be off gassed (e.g. hop aromas), and the ability to ferment at warmer temperatures without a high presence of unwanted esters.


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Fermzilla 60 Liter All Rounder FermenterWilliam’s Brewing Father’s Day Sale


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12 x 3 Piece Fermentation Airlocks – $14.99, $1.25 each + free shipping

12 PACK QRP 3-Piece Fermentation Airlocks ~ SUPER FAST SHIPPER!

12 PACK QRP 3-Piece Fermentation Airlocks


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  • Exceptional Quality
  • QRP 3-piece Airlocks supersede the S-Curve Style Bubble Airlock: they are sturdier and easier to keep clean

Related: Silicone Airlock Grommets via Valuebrew

6/17/21 5 AM Central: These are selling for just $14.99 or about $1.25 each. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

12 PACK QRP 3-Piece Fermentation Airlocks – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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4 x 25mm/1″ PTFE Magnetic Stir Bars – $7.59, $1.90 each + free prime ship

4 Pcs 25mm(1 inch) PTFE Magnetic Stirrer Mixer Stir Bar,White Color,Laboratory Bar,Stir Plate Bar,Stir Plate Magnet,Stir Rod Magnetic

4 Pcs 25mm(1 inch) PTFE Magnetic Stirrer Mixer Stir Bar,White Color,Laboratory Bar,Stir Plate Bar,Stir Plate Magnet,Stir Rod Magnetic

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  • 4 PTFE magnetic stir bars in 1 package.
  • PTFE magnetic stir bar is made of PTFE and high quality magnetic steel,its shape is cylindrical,smooth surface,reduce friction and improves smooth rotation.
  • Mixer Stir Bar is resistant to high temperatures, corrosion,abrasion and high rotational forces.
  • Laboratory Bar can be used with various types of magnetic stirrers or heating stirrers.
  • Stir Plate Magnet is widely used in scientific research, universities,laboratories in the industrial and agricultural sectors, and is often used to stir mixed liquids.

 

  • Use along with a compatible Erlenmeyer Flask and Stir Plate to do Stir Plate Yeast Starters.
  • Why a Stir Plate? The constant motion of a stir plate integrates oxygen, puts yeast in constant contact with nutrients, relieves built up CO2 and generally helps yeast to grow more rapidly.  That also means smaller starters.
  • Why get 4?  Generally, you’re going to save money buying in bulk.  Having these on hand allows you to do multiple starters at once and… you’ll have spares if you mistakenly dump your stir bar into your fermenter.
  • Also Consider: StirStarter Stir Plate – via Valuebrew – includes free shipping to US addresses

6/17/21 12:30 AM Central: These are selling for just $7.59. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

4 Pcs 25mm(1 inch) PTFE Magnetic Stirrer Mixer Stir Bar,White Color,Laboratory Bar,Stir Plate Bar,Stir Plate Magnet,Stir Rod Magnetic – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

HunterBee Brewing Refractometer… $9.99 + free prime ship

HunterBee Grape Wine Brewing Test Refractometer with ATC Double Ruler 0-40% Brix & 0-25% Vol Alcohol and Sugar Content Homemade Available

HunterBee Refractometer

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  • 1.Dual Scale Testing Brix 0-40%/ Alcohol Degree of Wine,you can get the reading easily just with 2 drops to know your readings.With this grape refractometer, you can pick out ideal grapes for making wine easier and quicker.
  • 2. WIDE APPLICATION WITH 0-40% BRIX SCALE:This refractometer is designed for grape wine brewing,but with extra large scale range of brix 0-40% lends itself to many other uses too. You can use it to test the brix of any sample liquid.
  • 3. ACCURATE READINGS WITH ATC:Handheld wine Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation(ATC),no more worry about the temperature change will influence the reading accuracy.the refractometer will account for changes in ambient temperature and automatically compensate accordingly to provides accurate and repeatable measurements
  • 4. AIRCRAFT ALUMIUM BODY MATERIAL:The grape wine refractometer is made of non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum which is lightweight to carry,anti-scratch and durable.
  • 5. This Unit is better than the 0-32% Brix Models. Because brewing high quality wines need more than 32% sugar content Brix. Excellent winemakers prefer to use nearly 40% Brix grapes to make wine.

 

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

6/16/21 11 AM Central: This is selling for just $9.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Price

HunterBee Grape Wine Brewing Test Refractometer with ATC Double Ruler 0-40% Brix & 0-25% Vol Alcohol and Sugar Content – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Rare Deal! Grainfather Conical Pro Edition – On Sale for $556, Save $138! – choose from 3 retailers + availability info

Deals on Grainfather Gear are Rare! The Grainfather is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.

Three retailers have this on sale for $556, That’s a$138 savings.

Availability Note: These are ship directly from the distributor BSG Handcraft. One retailer that I’ve spoken with reached out to BSG Handcraft and was told that the Conical Fermenter Pro is back-ordered until early July. That can change. Order now to get this rare deal.

Also Save on Grainfather G30 –  Three Deals for Father’s Day!

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Reader Tip: 7 Cu Ft Hisense Chest Freezer at Lowe’s [Fermentation or Kegerator] – $229

Thanks to HBF Reader Jimmy for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Hisense 7-cu ft Manual Defrost Chest Freezer (White)

Hisense 7-cu ft Manual Defrost Chest Freezer (White) via Lowe’s

You could use this to put together a large freezer based kegerator/keezer (See: Tips and Gear for your Kegerator) or temperature controlled fermentation chamber.

As of this posting, Lowe’s has this marked down to $229. Check Lowe’s product page for current price and availability.

Hisense 7-cu ft Manual Defrost Chest Freezer (White) Item #2622567Model #LC70D6EWD

Also Consider: Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller [Hands on Review] – Inkbird Deals

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Inkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller | Review | Inkbird Deals

Higher Wattage Gear? Digital Programmable Temp Controller – 1,850 Watt Max – $25.99 + free shipping

Digital Programmable Temperature Controller, Briidea Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode for Heat Mat, Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing, Featuring Piggyback Plug 110V 16A 1850W

Digital Programmable Temperature Controller, Briidea Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode for Heat Mat, Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing, Featuring Piggyback Plug 110V 16A 1850W

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  • MULTIFUNCTION: The temperature controller has practical functions, including cooling and heating mode, time setting, 5 + 2 programming, manual and automatic mode, temperature calibration
  • CONVENIENT DESIGN: piggyback plug and play design, easy to program, high accuracy waterproof sensor, support °C/°F display
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR EQUIPMENT: Programmable thermostats can meet the daily needs of equipment. With its 5+2 programmable settings, you can easily manage devices through daily presets, helping you save time and energy
  • EASY TO INSTALL: Two installation methods are offered, of which one is pasting by 3M tape which means perforation free in the wall; the other one is fixing by scews. Both of them will fix the thermostat firmly attached onto the wall
  • WIDELY USED: Suitable for various applications: kimchi refrigerator, garage freezer, home brew kit, chicken coop water heater, water chiller, seedling heat mat, reptile heating pad, heat lamp, oven thermostat, beer brewing kit, fermenter fermentation bucket, heat mat for plants, grow tent heater etc

 

I would say that 1,850 Watt is a higher capacity than many of the homebrew controllers out there.

6/16/21 8 AM Central: This is selling for $25.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Digital Programmable Temperature Controller, Briidea Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode for Heat Mat, Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing, Featuring Piggyback Plug 110V 16A 1850W – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Hands On Review: Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Temperature Controller +WiFi Version

Eisco Labs 500 ml Polypropylene Reagent Bottle – back in stock at $9.09 + My Yeast Rehydration Technique

Reagent Bottle, 500ml - Wide Mouth with Screw Cap - Polypropylene - Translucent - Eisco Labs

500 ml Polypropylene (PP) wide mouth bottle

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  • 500ML CAPACITY || Industrial quality reagent bottle with a 500ml capacity. Excellent for storing chemicals, liquids or powders
  • SUPERIOR DURABILITY || The rigid polypropylene construction provides excellent chemical resistance to acids, alcohols & alkalis, and very good resistance to aldehydes and hydrocarbons. Both bottle and cap are translucent with excellent optical clarity. Stable at temperatures between -20°C and 135°C
  • WIDE NECK || Bottle features a wide neck. Outer diameter of mouth measures 47mm and inner diameter measures 43mm. Includes a leak-proof screw cap
  • EASY TO CLEAN || Bottle and screw cap are autoclavable and top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and sterilization
  • GREAT FOR PROFESSIONAL LABORATORIES, CLASSROOMS & HOUSEHOLD || Designed for use in professional laboratories, but is an ideal choice for science classrooms and household use

 

Possible homebrew uses include: Refractometer and pH sample collection, yeast rehydration, yeast washing and slurry storage. Also an easy vessel for making and storing sanitized water.  I use similar containers to collect samples and to aid with yeast rehydration.  Check out Tip 1 on our Tips Page for more info on my process for yeast rehydration.

6/15/21 3 PM Central: This was a quick sell out the last time I posted it. As of this posting, it’s back in stock, selling for $9.09. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Reagent Bottle, 500ml – Wide Mouth with Screw Cap – Polypropylene – Translucent – Eisco Labs – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Compare: New offerings are regularly added – Search Amazon for “Polypropylene Lab Bottles” – Some things to look for – proper temp ratings, use of food safe materials and microwaveable.

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

FermZilla 60 Liter All Rounder Fermenter – $59.99! via William’s Brewing Father’s Day Sale + Hands on Review

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Fermzilla 60 Liter All Rounder Fermenter via William’s Brewing

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Unlike white plastic semi-porous HDPE Fermenters, the Kegland Fermzilla 60 Liter All Rounder is made of smooth non porous PET plastic, to make it completely impervious on the inside to krausen and beer film soaking into the plastic, while protecting your ferment from the oxidizing effects of air contact coming in from the outside. This fermenter is pressure rated to 35 PSI, and can be used with our C71 Spunding Valve as well as our C77 Pressure Kit for pressure ferments, pressure transfers, and even to use as an extra ball lock keg!

• Super smooth PET plastic makes it easy to clean and hard to contaminate.
• Oxygen barrier to prevent oxidation
• Tap Free Design for easy cleaning and less chance of infections
• 4¾” wide lid making it easy to clean
• Fermzilla lid makes it easy to add things like a Temp Twister Cooling Coil and KegLand Thermowell for year round temperature control

Perfect for brewing, wine making, kombucha, and spirit wash fermentation. 35.5″ tall on stand with airlock, and 14″ wide.

Includes All Rounder Tank, Stainless Stand, Stainless Handle, 1 Airlock, 1 Fermzilla Lid with 35 PSI pressure relief valve, adhesive gallon markers, and an adhesive strip thermometer.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Do not put liquids inside this tank over 140° degrees F. It will melt the tank. Do not switch out the red 35 PSI Pressure Relief valve for a higher rated valve, as the tank may explode!


 

Fermzilla 60 Liter All Rounder FermenterWilliam’s Brewing Father’s Day Sale

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Back In Stock: Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Fermenters + Hands on Review

7 Gallon SS Brewing Technologies Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Fermentor via MoreBeer

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Upgrade your home brewery with an innovative, Stainless Steel, 7 Gallon Brew Bucket™ Fermenter!  You will enjoy many of the benefits of a stainless conical fermenter but at a fraction of the cost and you are going to love how easy it is to use!  Made by Ss Brewing Technologies from polished 304 Stainless Steel, the Brew Bucket™ fermentor is not only functional it is downright beautiful. At MoreBeer!  we know brewing equipment and we truly believe this is a piece of equipment you are going to enjoy using every brew day.

We inspected and used the Brew Bucket™ and one of the most unique features that stood out is that the Brew Bucket can be stacked during fermentation, even with an airlock attached. We also like the conical bottom that allows trub to settle out in a concentrated space that minimizes the surface area of the trub that is in contact with your beer.  The included Patent Pending Rotating Racking Valve is also a brilliantly simple design allowing you to rotate the racking arm inside the Brew Bucket down during fermentation to minimize trub, and later up to get clear beer when racking!   Etched Volume Markers on the inside were super handy when filling and display in both Liters and Gallons.

The build quality is really amazing for the price. Welds are clean. The lid is strong and the spring loaded lid hatches are solid.  The lid includes a removable, molded silicone gasket that ensures an airtight seal.  We love an airtight seal so that we can be sure to see the airlock working.  The welded on stainless handles make the BrewBucket fermentor super easy to move.

Overall: Very functional, easy-to-use, will last a lifetime, and looks amazing. Lets make some beer!

Features:

  • Certified Food Grade 304 Stainless Steel Construction
  • Patent Pending Stainless Rotating Racking Valve
  • 6.95 gal Max Capacity
  • 40° Conical Bottom for Trub Trapping
  • Nests for Storage, Stacks for Ferment!
  • Molded Silicone Lid Gasket
  • Spring Loaded Lid Clamps for Airtight Lid Seal
  • Offset Airlock Hole includes Silicone Stopper
  • Gallon & Liter Markers inside for visual volume assessment
  • Stainless construction resists damage and is easy to clean
  • 21” Height x 13” Width
  • 10 lbs

 

  • Supply Issues… Like a lot of vendors, Ss Brewtech is having some problems keeping things in stock. This is true of the 7 gallon Brew Bucket. If this is like other supply problems we’ve seen lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next shipment gets sold out before it arrives or soon after. The best way to get a Brew Bucket is to pre-order now. As of this posting MoreBeer is accepting Pre-Orders on the 7 Gallon Brew Bucket.
  • Update: It’s back in stock as of this update!
  • These are a lot of fermenter for the money.  Check out our Hands on Review of the Brew Bucket

Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Fermenter FE800

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