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Rare Sale: SS Brewtech Brew Bucket 3.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenters – Save 20%!

Brew Bucket Mini Fermenter - 3.5 gal. FE803 3.5 Gallon SS Brewing Technologies Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Fermentor via MoreBeer

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Upgrade your home brewery with an innovative, Stainless Steel, 3.5 Gallon Brew Bucket™ Fermenter! Many have asked for a smaller BrewBucket, and that has been heard. The Brew Bucket mini is perfect for 2.5 gallon batches. With features similar to the original 7 gallon Brew Bucket, the Mini is a great way to do smaller batches. Whether you are interested in splitting a 5 gallon batch for experimenting, or just brew 2.5 gallons, the BrewBucket Mini is a great choice.

Featuring a conical bottom, 304 SS construction, a rotating racking arm valve, and stackable design, these are space saving feature rich fermenters that are easy and enjoyable to use.

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.

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 super easy to move.

Features:

  • 304 SS Food Grade Construction
  • Rotating Racking Arm & Valve (Patent Pending)
  • 3.5 Gal Max Capacity (2.5 gal Batches)
  • 40° Conical Bottom for Trub Trapping
  • Nests for Storage & Stacks for Ferment!
  • SS lid w/ Silicone Gasketed seal
  • Spring Loaded Lid Clamps for Airtight Lid Seal
  • Offset Airlock Hole includes Silicone Stopper
  • Gallon Markers inside for visual volume assessment
  • Stainless construction resists damage and is easy to clean
  • 8.5″ Bottom Width / 11″ Top Width x 16″ Height

 

Pertinent Facts…

  • Ss Brewtech gear is rarely discounted.  I’m pretty sure most of the lineup is on MAP pricing, that means discounts generally are not offered.
  • A rare sale:  MoreBeer’s 12 Deals of Christmas – sale discounts a different item or selection of items each of the first 12 days of December.  Day 4’s Deal was a discount on select Ss Brewtech Gear.  That discount code is still working as of this posting.  Use coupon code DEAL4 to get 20% off this fermenter
  • Get free shipping: Shipping for most items will be free, with a $59 order to addresses in the contiguous US and their Free Shipping Program
  • Check out our Hands on Review of the Brew Bucket – This review is of the larger 7 gallon model.  General features should be very similar.

Brew Bucket Mini Fermenter – 3.5 gal. FE803

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FermZilla Conical 27L Conical Fermenter – $116.99 + $43 in free stuff with qualifying order

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter via William’s Brewing

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With the FermZilla you have the many of the benefits of a much more expensive stainless conical fermenter but with the additional benefit of being able to see the fermentation process in action and also ferment at pressures up to 30 PSI. See the videos and the instructions below for more details.

Included In The Box:
1 x Fermzilla Tank with Butterfly Dump Valve Parts (Pre-Assembled & Attached)
1 x Reinforced Stainless Steel Stand
1 x Top Lid with Red PRV (35psi) [2 x Male Cap Threads] [Up to 4 drill ports for accessories] 1 x Top Lid Screw Cap 1 x 1000mL Collection Container & Lid* [2 x Male Cap Threads] 1 x KegLand Adjustable Easy Opening Tool
1 x Premium 3 Piece Airlock
1 x Approximate Graduations Sticker
1 x Strip Stick On Thermometer
1 x Grommet Bottle Cap (Airlock Port)
1 x Bag Spare Seals

Available options include:
Pressure Kit
Spunding Valve Kit
Zippered Insulated Jacket
Extra Collection Jar

Please note: When using this vessel under pressure. You must perform a water pressure check to ensure your connections are leak proof. To do this. Fill your FermZilla up with water, then apply a minimum of 15psi pressure to the vessel. Check for leaks around all Cap / Threads. Occasionally these units may come with some small indentations/dimples/dents from shipping, this is just a reality of shipping large blow-moulded thin-walled vessels. But dont panic, these fermenters are designed to endure minor deformations such as this. This was a necessary implementation into the design so that they can withstand some accidental suction from cold crashing and rough handling in transit without compromising their integrity and ability to endure high pressures. All small dents will push out and settle with use and positive pressure and are only an issue and warrant replacement in the rare event they start to show white stress patterns or have damaged the plastic.


 

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  • This is selling for $129.99.
  • As of this posting, William’s is taking 10% off everything featured in their gift guide.  No coupon or promo codes are necessary, discounted prices will be shown after you add an item to your cart.  William’s Brewing Gift Locator – that this fermenter just $116.99.
  • FREE STUFF:  Use coupon code GROWL to get a free Growler and Drinking Jar Set (two glasses total) from William’s Brewing with any order of $125 or more.  Note: You need to add $8.01 or more to your order to qualify for this.  Totally worth it as this is $43+ in free gear.

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter

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Buy a 7.1 Gallon FermZilla Conical Fermenter for $129.99, Get a Free $25 Gift Card

7.1 Gallon FermZilla Conical Fermenter

7.1 Gallon FermZilla Conical Fermenter via Adventures in Homebrewing

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FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 7.1 gal. / 27 L

The new and improved FermZilla, a 27 liter conical fermenter brought to you by the critical key minds and engineers behind the original Fermentasaurus Gen 1. Although the original Fermentasaurus was revolutionary at the time of its conception, there are always areas to improve upon. This is partly due to the strong community of Fermentasaurus users who have helped push for an improved conical unitank.

New and Improved:

  1. Larger Dump Valve – 3″ butterfly dump valve is more resistant to clogging from large amounts of trub
  2. Larger Opening – 4.75″ top port opening allows for easier cleaning
  3. Less Headspace – more appropriately sized for 5-gallon batches. Purging the headspace of oxygen is easier and more effective.

What’s Included:

  • FermZilla 27L Tank with Butterfly Dump Valve
  • Reinforced Stainless Steel Stand
  • Top Lid with PRV (35 psi)
  • 1000 ml Collection Container & Lid
  • 3-Piece Airlock
  • Graduation Sticker
  • Adhesive Thermometer
  • Strap Wrench
  • Spare Seals

Specs:

  • 27 L (7.1 gal) Total Volume
  • Pressure Rated to 2.4 Bar (34.8 psi)
  • Temperature Rated to 122°F (high temp replacement tank coming soon!)
  • Height in Stand – 28.3″
  • Height w/ Airlock – 32.7″
  • Tank Diameter – 13.9″
  • Diameter in Stand – 15.7″

 

  • As of this posting, this is selling for $129.99
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7.1 Gallon FermZilla Conical Fermenter

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FermZilla Conical Fermenters + Replacement Parts & Accessories – Now at MoreBeer

FermZilla Conical Fermenter - 7.1 gal. / 27 L FE110

FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 7.1 gal. / 27 L via MoreBeer

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

The new and improved FermZilla in 27L brought to you by the critical minds and engineers behind the original Fermentasaurus Gen 1. Although the original Fermentasaurus was revolutionary at the time of its conception, there’s always room for improvement. This is partly due to the strong community of Fermentasaurus users who have helped push for an improved conical unitank.

The FermZilla is the perfect option for brewers that want all the advantages of a conical fermenter without the price tag of a full blown stainless steel unit. It allows you to dump trub, harvest yeast, and with the addition of the FermZilla Pressure Kit, you can carbonate and serve – all in one vessel! The clear PET tank allows you to visually monitor fermenation activity and is pressure rated to 2.4 Bar (34.8 psi), which means you can ferment under pressure, reducing ester and fusel alcohols in your finished beer. This also gives the ability to perform pressure transfers. If you prefer to move your finished beer to a keg or other vessel, you can do so with little to no oxygen exposure.

New and Improved:
1. Larger Dump Valve – 3″ butterfly dump valve is more resistant to clogging from large amounts of trub
2. Larger Opening – 4.75″ top port opening allows for easier cleaning
3. Less Headspace – more appropriately sized for 5-gallon batches. Purging the headspace of oxygen is easier and more effective.

What’s Included:
FermZilla 27L Tank with Butterfly Dump Valve (Pre-Assembled & Attached)
Reinforced Stainless Steel Stand
Top Lid with PRV (35 psi)
1000 ml Collection Container & Lid
3-Piece Airlock
Graduation Sticker
Adhesive Thermometer
Strap Wrench
Spare Seals
Specs:

27 L (7.1 gal) Total Volume
Pressure Rated to 2.4 Bar (34.8 psi)
Height in Stand – 28.3″
Height w/ Airlock – 32.7″
Tank Diameter – 13.9″
Diameter in Stand – 15.7″
Please note: when using the FermZilla under pressure, you must perform a water pressure check to ensure your connections are leak proof. To do this, fill your FermZilla up with water, apply at least 15 psi pressure, and check for leaks around all caps and threads.

 

MoreBeer has picked up the Fermzilla along with a nice lineup of replacement parts and accessories.  Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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Check our our review of Gen 1… Hands on Review: Fermentasaurus Conical Fermenter

Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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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.

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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…


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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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8 Gallon Fermenter with Spigot, Lid & Air Lock – $28.99 + free shipping

8 Gallon Fermenting Bucket with Spigot, Lid & Air Lock Homebrew Beer Wine Spirit

8 Gallon Fermenting Bucket with Spigot, Lid & Air Lock Homebrew Beer Wine Spirit

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8 gallon fermenter complete with lid, airlock, spigot, and volume markings! These buckets are made from Polypropylene and are stackable to save space! Also semi transparent to block light from entering but allow you to see the krousen line!

Buckets do not have any stickers or labeling on them. Pure white semitransparent with volume markings.

Why Polypropylene?

These buckets are made from polypropylene as it is less porous and significantly smoother than other HDPE fermenters. HDPE is porous and can harbor microbial activity making it more difficult to clean and sanitize.

Being less porous, polypropylene also does not absorb aroma like HDPE so there is less favour carry over from batch to batch.

Kit Includes:

  • 7.9 gallon plastic bucket
  • Plastic lid with hole and grommet
  • Airlock
  • Spigot
  • Volume markings

3-Piece airlocks: Simply remove the cap, fill the cylinder about halfway (to the imprinted line) with water or sanitizer, and replace the cap. 3-piece airlocks are easy to clean with an airlock brush if the fermentation back up into the airlock. If you expect a blow off or are in the middle of you, simply attach 3/8 inch tubing to the airlock and submerse other ind in a bucket of sanitizer or water.

 

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $28.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses.  Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters

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This review is by Homebrew Finds Reader Benji S.  Benji has been brewing for 10 years.  His favorite style is Festbier.  He’s an all grain brewer and member of WIZA (Whidbey Island Zymurgy Association).  Check him out on Instagram at neon_hop

After well over a year of evaluating, I splurged recently and got a Spike Conical (the CF5). I’ve seen quite a few others going through this debate period, so I wanted to provide a hot take to help others in their own decision making process. So far I’ve assembled and prepped it for my first brews, but haven’t actually used it yet. Most of the points here will be about equipment quality/features rather than practice.

For context; I added on the temp control bundle with heater, leg extensions, casters, extended bracing shelf, and a few other nice to haves. So some of these will cover things that aren’t part of the “core” conical package.


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FermZilla Conical Fermenters – $110.49! + free shipping, via MoreBeer’s Cyber Monday Sale

FermZilla Conical Fermenter - 7.1 gal. / 27 L FE110

FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 7.1 gal. / 27 L via MoreBeer

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

The new and improved FermZilla in 27L brought to you by the critical minds and engineers behind the original Fermentasaurus Gen 1. Although the original Fermentasaurus was revolutionary at the time of its conception, there’s always room for improvement. This is partly due to the strong community of Fermentasaurus users who have helped push for an improved conical unitank.

The FermZilla is the perfect option for brewers that want all the advantages of a conical fermenter without the price tag of a full blown stainless steel unit. It allows you to dump trub, harvest yeast, and with the addition of the FermZilla Pressure Kit, you can carbonate and serve – all in one vessel! The clear PET tank allows you to visually monitor fermenation activity and is pressure rated to 2.4 Bar (34.8 psi), which means you can ferment under pressure, reducing ester and fusel alcohols in your finished beer. This also gives the ability to perform pressure transfers. If you prefer to move your finished beer to a keg or other vessel, you can do so with little to no oxygen exposure.

New and Improved:
1. Larger Dump Valve – 3″ butterfly dump valve is more resistant to clogging from large amounts of trub
2. Larger Opening – 4.75″ top port opening allows for easier cleaning
3. Less Headspace – more appropriately sized for 5-gallon batches. Purging the headspace of oxygen is easier and more effective.

What’s Included:
FermZilla 27L Tank with Butterfly Dump Valve (Pre-Assembled & Attached)
Reinforced Stainless Steel Stand
Top Lid with PRV (35 psi)
1000 ml Collection Container & Lid
3-Piece Airlock
Graduation Sticker
Adhesive Thermometer
Strap Wrench
Spare Seals
Specs:

27 L (7.1 gal) Total Volume
Pressure Rated to 2.4 Bar (34.8 psi)
Height in Stand – 28.3″
Height w/ Airlock – 32.7″
Tank Diameter – 13.9″
Diameter in Stand – 15.7″
Please note: when using the FermZilla under pressure, you must perform a water pressure check to ensure your connections are leak proof. To do this, fill your FermZilla up with water, apply at least 15 psi pressure, and check for leaks around all caps and threads.

 

Cyber Monday Sale!  MoreBeer’s Cyber Monday Sale is live!  Shipping for most items will be free, with a $59 order to addresses in the contiguous US and their Free Shipping Program.  This is included in the mix and marked down to just $110.49 when you use coupon code CYBERSANTA

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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Check our our review of Gen 1… Hands on Review: Fermentasaurus Conical Fermenter

Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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Spike Brewing Equipment FLEX Fermenters – Cyber Monday Flash Sale… Save 25% + Hands on Review

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Spike Brewing’s Cyber Monday Flash Sale is Live!


From Spike:

Spike is prepping the warehouse. We’ll be having a special, one day only sale, of 25% off FLEX and FLEX+ Fermenters. A limited quantity will be available at a discount starting at 12:01 am CST on Monday, 12/2.

Mark the date on your calendar if you are thinking about upgrading your fermenter setup, now is the time!

In addition to our special FLEX deal on Cyber Monday, we have the Bargain Cave stocked. Pair your new FLEX with a kettle or additional fermenter!


Spike Brewing discounts are rare.  If you’ve been thinking about this, my suggestion is to hop on it.  They’re saying quantities are limited.  Same goes for Bargain Cave deals.  Those are notoriously limited.  If you see something you like, hop on it.

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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FLEX Fermenters at Spike Brewing Equipment! – 25% Off Flash Sale for Cyber Monday

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