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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Flex Fermentor

Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment 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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13 Gallon Pro Grade Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter with Tri-Clovers – $458 + Free Shipping

Conical Fermenter for Homebrew/Wine/Brewing, Pro Grade Stainless Steel - 13 Gallons

Conical Fermenter for Homebrew/Wine/Brewing, Pro Grade Stainless Steel – 13 Gallons

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Use the same equipment the pros use at a fraction of the price! This stainless steel conical fermenter is exactly what you need if you are looking to take your fermentation game to the next level, and it is big enough to hold two 5 gallon batches at a time. They are made entirely of heavy duty 304 stainless steel (including the valves) and all the gaskets are platinum cured silicone for high-temperature tolerance. The legs are attached to the body, so you know it is thick stainless steel that isn’t going to damage or dent easily! The entire lid is removable and the inside is mirror polished, making this conical fermenter very easy to clean and sanitize. The total capacity of this stainless conical fermenter is 13 gallons, so you can do a double batch and still have plenty of head space for that wonderful foamy, bubbly fermentation action. On the bottom, there are two 1.5″ tri-clover ferrules for attaching the drain and racking valves (both included). On the top there is one 1.5″ tri-clover ferrule for attaching an airlock or blow-off valve, and on the side there is a fourth 1.5″ tri-clamp port to allow you to easily add a thermowell if desired. Also included are two 1.5″ tri-clover to 3/4″ hose barb connectors. As you can see in the pictures, one of them is straight and one of them is a 90-degree elbow. You can use these on whichever connectors you want, but they were intended to be attached to the racking valve (to minimize oxidation in your final product) and the vent port on top (for a blow-off tube). Included with this stainless steel conical fermenter for sale: 2 x stainless steel valves with 1.5″ tri-clover connectors on each side 1 x 1.5″ tri-clover to 3/4″ hose-barb adapter plate 1 x 1.5″ tri-clover to 3/4″ hose-barb 90 degree elbow adapter plate 5 x 1.5″ tri-clover clamps and gaskets 1 x 1.5″ plate for side port. If you’re looking for a smaller version, please check out the 8-gallon version of this fermenter!


 

6/12/20 12 AM Central: : This is selling for just $458.  Shipping is also free to many US addressePrices, 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 Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability

Conical Fermenter for Homebrew/Wine/Brewing, Pro Grade Stainless Steel – 13 Gallons – note that multiple variations may be available, as such a different version may show at this link


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Announcing: Kegland FermZilla All Rounder Fermenters and Accessories

kegland fermzilla all rounder

  • MoreBeer has introduced Kegland’s lineup of FermZilla All Rounder Fermenters and Accessories.  This adds to an already strong lineup of FermZilla fermenters.
  • As of this posting both 7.9 and 15.9 gallon options are available.  The 7.9 gallon fermenter is available for pre-order while the 15.9 gallon appears to be ready to ship.
  • Harness and Stainless Handle Accessories are also available.
  • Get Free Shipping: This ships for free with a qualify order as part of MoreBeer’s Free Shipping Program.  Under that promo most orders over $59 ship for free.
  • Easy Filler Item….  If you’re looking for a filler item to help you qualify for free shipping, consider grabbing some PBW

FermZilla All Rounder Fermenters and AccessoriesComplete FermZilla Lineup

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Grainfather Sale, Multiple Retailers + Our Analysis, What’s the Best Deal? – electric brewing systems, conicals, glycol chillers

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  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a 20%-ish off sale.  Although I haven’t seen it explicitly advertised as such, I think this is a Father’s Day Sale.  Multiple retailers are offering sale prices.
  • For the most part, sales are the same.  But.. not all the same.  There are some standouts.

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

  • MoreBeer – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals and Glycol System
  • William’s Brewing – carries the Grainfather, Cooling Edition Conical and Glycol Chiller
  • Adventures in Homebrewing – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals, Glycol System AND a Conical+Glycol Combo Setup

Some Standouts….

  • If you want to buy a Grainfather Connect… William’s Brewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a free hop spider (check the box on the product page) and a free Beerdana!  Details on the Beerdana below.
  • If you want to buy the Grainfather G70… Adventures in Homebrewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a $300.68 discount AND (as of this posting) this also qualifies for rewards points.  That gets you the equivalent to about 5% back (about $84.90) in value toward a future purchase- More about AIH’s Rewards Program.  Note you must be logged in to earn and track rewards.  Make sure that the product page is still showing this when you place your order – screenshot so you know what to look for.
  • For the Conical Edition Pro and Glycol Chlller, William’s Brewing is probably your best bet, considering the Free Beerdana offer.

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Get  Free William’s Brewing “Beerdana”:  Place an order with a subtotal of $50.00 or more and enter web coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and you’ll get a free Beerdana.  No need to add the Beerdana to your cart.  Just put together an order of $50 or more and apply coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and it will be automatically added to your cart.

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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Grainfather Conical Fermenters – Save $125 or more! + stacking freebie

grainfather conical

The Grainfather Conical Fermenter is a craft brewery grade 8 gallon fermenter for home use, featuring an integral heater, liquid cooling jacket, and temperature controller for precise fermentation temperature control.

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  This 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.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather Gear is on MAP pricing and is not discounted.
  • Periodic exceptions come around…
  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has Grainfather Conical Fermenters on sale.  The Pro marked down $138.98 to $556 while the Grainfather Cooling Conical is marked down $124.98 to $625.
  • No coupon is required.  Check William’s Brewing for current availability.
  • Stacking Freebie!  Get  Free William’s Brewing “Beerdana”:  Place an order with a subtotal of $50.00 or more and enter web coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and you’ll get a free Beerdana.  No need to add the Beerdana to your cart.  Just put together an order of $50 or more and apply coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and it will be automatically added to your cart.

Grainfather Conicals at William’s Brewing

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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Our Analysis – Rare Grainfather Sale, Multiple Retailers – What’s the Best Deal – electric brewing systems, conicals, glycol chillers!

grainfather sale

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a 20%-ish off sale.  Although I haven’t seen it explicitly advertised as such, I think this is a Father’s Day Sale.  Multiple retailers are offering sale prices.
  • For the most part, sales are the same.  But.. not all the same.  There are some standouts.

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

  • MoreBeer – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals and Glycol System
  • William’s Brewing – carries the Grainfather, Cooling Edition Conical and Glycol Chiller
  • Adventures in Homebrewing – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals, Glycol System AND a Conical+Glycol Combo Setup

Some Standouts….

  • If you want to buy a Grainfather Connect… William’s Brewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a free hop spider (check the box on the product page) and a free Beerdana!  Details on the Beerdana below.
  • If you want to buy the Grainfather G70… Adventures in Homebrewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a $300.68 discount AND (as of this posting) this also qualifies for rewards points.  That gets you the equivalent to about 5% back (about $84.90) in value toward a future purchase- More about AIH’s Rewards Program.  Note you must be logged in to earn and track rewards.  Make sure that the product page is still showing this when you place your order – screenshot so you know what to look for.
  • For the Conical Edition Pro and Glycol Chlller, William’s Brewing is probably your best bet, considering the Free Beerdana offer.

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Get  Free William’s Brewing “Beerdana”:  Place an order with a subtotal of $50.00 or more and enter web coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and you’ll get a free Beerdana.  No need to add the Beerdana to your cart.  Just put together an order of $50 or more and apply coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and it will be automatically added to your cart.

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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20% Off Grainfather Gear! – electric brewing systems, conicals, glycol chillers!

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • There are exceptions to that…
  • Grainfather has authorized a 20% off sale.  Although I haven’t seen it explicitly advertised as such, I think this is a Father’s Day Sale.
  • No coupon code is required.
  • Check MoreBeer for current selection, prices and availability.

Grainfather Sale!

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

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.

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:

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Looking for a MoreBeer Deal? – Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer Deals

Rare Grainfather Sale, Multiple Retailers + Our Analysis, What’s the Best Deal? – electric brewing systems, conicals, glycol chillers!

grainfather sale

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a 20%-ish off sale.  Although I haven’t seen it explicitly advertised as such, I think this is a Father’s Day Sale.  Multiple retailers are offering sale prices.
  • For the most part, sales are the same.  But.. not all the same.  There are some standouts.

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

  • MoreBeer – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals and Glycol System
  • William’s Brewing – carries the Grainfather, Cooling Edition Conical and Glycol Chiller
  • Adventures in Homebrewing – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals, Glycol System AND a Conical+Glycol Combo Setup

Some Standouts….

  • If you want to buy a Grainfather Connect… William’s Brewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a free hop spider (check the box on the product page) and a free Beerdana!  Details on the Beerdana below.
  • If you want to buy the Grainfather G70… Adventures in Homebrewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a $300.68 discount AND (as of this posting) this also qualifies for rewards points.  That gets you the equivalent to about 5% back (about $84.90) in value toward a future purchase- More about AIH’s Rewards Program.  Note you must be logged in to earn and track rewards.  Make sure that the product page is still showing this when you place your order – screenshot so you know what to look for.
  • For the Conical Edition Pro and Glycol Chlller, William’s Brewing is probably your best bet, considering the Free Beerdana offer.

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Get  Free William’s Brewing “Beerdana”:  Place an order with a subtotal of $50.00 or more and enter web coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and you’ll get a free Beerdana.  No need to add the Beerdana to your cart.  Just put together an order of $50 or more and apply coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and it will be automatically added to your cart.

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.

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

Grainfather Sale, Multiple Retailers + Our Analysis, What’s the Best Deal? – electric brewing systems, conicals, glycol chillers!

grainfather sale

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a 20%-ish off sale.  Although I haven’t seen it explicitly advertised as such, I think this is a Father’s Day Sale.  Multiple retailers are offering sale prices.
  • For the most part, sales are the same.  But.. not all the same.  There are some standouts.

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

  • MoreBeer – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals and Glycol System
  • William’s Brewing – carries the Grainfather, Cooling Edition Conical and Glycol Chiller
  • Adventures in Homebrewing – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals, Glycol System AND a Conical+Glycol Combo Setup

Some Standouts….

  • If you want to buy a Grainfather Connect… William’s Brewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a free hop spider (check the box on the product page) and a free Beerdana!  Details on the Beerdana below.
  • If you want to buy the Grainfather G70… Adventures in Homebrewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a $300.68 discount AND (as of this posting) this also qualifies for rewards points.  That gets you the equivalent to about 5% back (about $84.90) in value toward a future purchase- More about AIH’s Rewards Program.  Note you must be logged in to earn and track rewards.  Make sure that the product page is still showing this when you place your order – screenshot so you know what to look for.
  • For the Conical Edition Pro and Glycol Chlller, William’s Brewing is probably your best bet, considering the Free Beerdana offer.

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Get  Free William’s Brewing “Beerdana”:  Place an order with a subtotal of $50.00 or more and enter web coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and you’ll get a free Beerdana.  No need to add the Beerdana to your cart.  Just put together an order of $50 or more and apply coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and it will be automatically added to your cart.

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.

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

Our Analysis – Rare Grainfather Sale, Multiple Retailers – What’s the Best Deal – electric brewing systems, conicals, glycol chillers!

grainfather sale

  • Grainfather Discounts are rare.  Why?  Grainfather gear is under a MAP agreement.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  Generally speaking, the Grainfather gear is not discounted.
  • Grainfather has authorized a 20%-ish off sale.  Although I haven’t seen it explicitly advertised as such, I think this is a Father’s Day Sale.  Multiple retailers are offering sale prices.
  • For the most part, sales are the same.  But.. not all the same.  There are some standouts.

The following shops are taking part in this sale…

  • MoreBeer – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals and Glycol System
  • William’s Brewing – carries the Grainfather, Cooling Edition Conical and Glycol Chiller
  • Adventures in Homebrewing – carries the Grainfather, Grainfather G70, Conicals, Glycol System AND a Conical+Glycol Combo Setup

Some Standouts….

  • If you want to buy a Grainfather Connect… William’s Brewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a free hop spider (check the box on the product page) and a free Beerdana!  Details on the Beerdana below.
  • If you want to buy the Grainfather G70… Adventures in Homebrewing is the clear winner.  They are offering a $300.68 discount AND (as of this posting) this also qualifies for rewards points.  That gets you the equivalent to about 5% back (about $84.90) in value toward a future purchase- More about AIH’s Rewards Program.  Note you must be logged in to earn and track rewards.  Make sure that the product page is still showing this when you place your order – screenshot so you know what to look for.
  • For the Conical Edition Pro and Glycol Chlller, William’s Brewing is probably your best bet, considering the Free Beerdana offer.

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

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Get  Free William’s Brewing “Beerdana”:  Place an order with a subtotal of $50.00 or more and enter web coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and you’ll get a free Beerdana.  No need to add the Beerdana to your cart.  Just put together an order of $50 or more and apply coupon code BEERDANA at checkout and it will be automatically added to your cart.

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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