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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Flex Fermentor + Last Call on Limited Time Deal on New 3 Port Tri-Clamp Lid

spike brewing flex fermenter review

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.


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  • Spike is discounting their Conical and Flex 3 Port Lids by 25% when you use coupon code HBF3PortLid this link auto-applies the coupon
  • They’re discounting their Solo Basket – choose from NPT and TC versions by 25% when you use coupon code HBFSoloBasket this link auto-applies the coupon

Spike Flex Stainless Fermentor

Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Flex 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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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters + Last Call on Limited Time Deal on New 3 Port Tri-Clamp Lid

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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.


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  • Spike is discounting their Conical and Flex 3 Port Lids by 25% when you use coupon code HBF3PortLid this link auto-applies the coupon
  • They’re discounting their Solo Basket – choose from NPT and TC versions by 25% when you use coupon code HBFSoloBasket this link auto-applies the coupon

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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Back In Stock… FermZilla Pressure Fermenters! – On Sale + Free DuoTight Spunding Valve

FermZilla Conical Pressure Brewing Kit

Fermenting Under Pressure

Pressurized fermentations are becoming increasingly popular, and for a good reason. Some of the benefits that you gain from fermenting beer under pressure are: Lower ester production, being able to ferment at higher temperatures without producing off-flavors, and having your beer carbonated by the end of fermentation (rather than carbonating separately for over a week!). Called Unitanks because you can use them for both fermentation and carbonating. You can serve beer directly from uni tanks, counter pressure fill bottles or easily transfer beer into kegs using pressure.

Fermenting lagers under pressure is a huge benefit of unitank. When yeast ferment under pressure, the production of fruity esters is greatly reduced. This can allow you to brew a lager at 70F an obtain traditional lager flavor. All of the fementers listed below also allow for fermenting under no pressure or greatly reduced pressure which is preferable for making ales where the fruity esters are an essential part of the flavor profile.

  • MoreBeer has introduced several FermZilla Pressure Fermenter options.  Including conicals and All Rounder style fermetners.
  • These have been extremely popular since their introduction and have sold out quickly each time they’ve become available.
  • Check product page to see if this are back in stock.
  • Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses

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Ends Today: FermZilla 27 Liter Conical – on sale for $114.99 + Free Keg Lube

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter via William’s Brewing

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

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. Stainless handle included.

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) now upgraded with a thicker O ring for a better seal
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
1 x Keg Lube (item D52, for preserving O rings)

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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. 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. 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.

Maximum temperature is 130 degrees F., if you pour boiling or near boiling wort into this unit, you will ruin it, and heat damage is not covered by warranty.


 

  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this on sale for $114.99.
  • They’re also throwing in free keg lube. Just check the box on the product page to get yours.

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter

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FermZilla 27 Liter Conical – on sale for $114.99 + Free Keg Lube

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter via William’s Brewing

More Info

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

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. Stainless handle included.

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) now upgraded with a thicker O ring for a better seal
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
1 x Keg Lube (item D52, for preserving O rings)

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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. 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. 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.

Maximum temperature is 130 degrees F., if you pour boiling or near boiling wort into this unit, you will ruin it, and heat damage is not covered by warranty.


 

  • As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this on sale for $114.99.
  • They’re also throwing in free keg lube. Just check the box on the product page to get yours.

FermZilla 27 Liter Conical Fermenter

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Rare Deal, Buy a 14 Gallon Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket – Get a Free Gift Card + Hands on Review

Ss BrewTech – 14 Gallon Brewmaster Edition Brew Bucket Fermenter via Adventures in Homebrewing

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Brew Bucket Brewmaster Edition Fermenter – 14 Gallon

All the greatness of the Brew Bucket with even more amazing features for homebrewers!

The Brewmaster Edition brings fermentation stacking, a rotatable racking arm and ball valve spigot, and more to the already impressive specifications of the Brew Bucket. The new stackable design allows you to place fermenters on top each other while actively fermenting. This design allows you to place your second (or third!) fermenter without upsetting your airlock. The brand new integrated racking arm rotates easily during racking as well as makes cleaning the conical bottom a breeze. The lid is hole is perfectly match for easy use with a 1/2″ blow off tube and features a 3/8″ ball valve with included hose barb. The interior features etched (not painted on) markings on the inside to easily ready volume. 304 stainless steel construction, integrated racking arm, ball valve assembly, stackable design, conical bottom, LCD temperature gauge with silicone housing all in one amazing fermenter!

Features:
-14 Gallon Maximum Capacity
-304 Stainless Steel Construction (easy to clean!)
-Lid with 17mm Hole and Stopper (will fit 1/2″ blow off tubing)
-Conical Bottom
-Integrated Rotating Racking Arm and Ball Vale Assembly
-Stackable During Fermentation
-Etched Interior Gallon Markings
-LCD Temperature Gauge with Silicone Housing
-Carrying Handles

Dimensions:
-Height – 24″
-Width – 16″
-Weight ~ 22 lbs


 

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Ss BrewTech – 14 Gallon Brewmaster Edition Brew Bucket Fermenter

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Reader Tip: FermZilla Pressure 15.9 Gallon Pressure Fermenters – $119.99, Save $30 + Free DuoTight Spunding Valve

Thanks to HBF Reader Mike for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

Fermenting Under Pressure

Pressurized fermentations are becoming increasingly popular, and for a good reason. Some of the benefits that you gain from fermenting beer under pressure are: Lower ester production, being able to ferment at higher temperatures without producing off-flavors, and having your beer carbonated by the end of fermentation (rather than carbonating separately for over a week!). Called Unitanks because you can use them for both fermentation and carbonating. You can serve beer directly from uni tanks, counter pressure fill bottles or easily transfer beer into kegs using pressure.

Fermenting lagers under pressure is a huge benefit of unitank. When yeast ferment under pressure, the production of fruity esters is greatly reduced. This can allow you to brew a lager at 70F an obtain traditional lager flavor. All of the fementers listed below also allow for fermenting under no pressure or greatly reduced pressure which is preferable for making ales where the fruity esters are an essential part of the flavor profile.

  • MoreBeer has introduced several FermZilla Pressure Fermenter options.  Including conicals and All Rounder style fermetners.
  • These have been extremely popular since their introduction and have sold out quickly each time they’ve become available.
  • Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses

Fermenting Under Pressure at MoreBeer

This sale makes the 15.9 Gallon Size – FE119 just $119.99 and you get a free Spunding Valve

FermZilla All Rounder Review!

Hands on Review: FermZilla All Rounder Fermenter

Check Out the Go-To Resource on Fermenting Under Pressure!

Fermenting Under Pressure!

DuoTight Review!

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

FermZilla Pressure 15.9 Gallon Pressure Fermenters – $119.99, Save $30 + Free DuoTight Spunding Valve

Fermenting Under Pressure

Pressurized fermentations are becoming increasingly popular, and for a good reason. Some of the benefits that you gain from fermenting beer under pressure are: Lower ester production, being able to ferment at higher temperatures without producing off-flavors, and having your beer carbonated by the end of fermentation (rather than carbonating separately for over a week!). Called Unitanks because you can use them for both fermentation and carbonating. You can serve beer directly from uni tanks, counter pressure fill bottles or easily transfer beer into kegs using pressure.

Fermenting lagers under pressure is a huge benefit of unitank. When yeast ferment under pressure, the production of fruity esters is greatly reduced. This can allow you to brew a lager at 70F an obtain traditional lager flavor. All of the fementers listed below also allow for fermenting under no pressure or greatly reduced pressure which is preferable for making ales where the fruity esters are an essential part of the flavor profile.

  • MoreBeer has introduced several FermZilla Pressure Fermenter options.  Including conicals and All Rounder style fermetners.
  • These have been extremely popular since their introduction and have sold out quickly each time they’ve become available.
  • Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses

Fermenting Under Pressure at MoreBeer

This sale makes the 15.9 Gallon Size – FE119 just $119.99 and you get a free Spunding Valve

FermZilla All Rounder Review!

Hands on Review: FermZilla All Rounder Fermenter

Check Out the Go-To Resource on Fermenting Under Pressure!

Fermenting Under Pressure!

DuoTight Review!

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

New FermZilla Pressure Fermenters! – On Sale + Free DuoTight Spunding Valve

FermZilla Conical Pressure Brewing Kit

Fermenting Under Pressure

Pressurized fermentations are becoming increasingly popular, and for a good reason. Some of the benefits that you gain from fermenting beer under pressure are: Lower ester production, being able to ferment at higher temperatures without producing off-flavors, and having your beer carbonated by the end of fermentation (rather than carbonating separately for over a week!). Called Unitanks because you can use them for both fermentation and carbonating. You can serve beer directly from uni tanks, counter pressure fill bottles or easily transfer beer into kegs using pressure.

Fermenting lagers under pressure is a huge benefit of unitank. When yeast ferment under pressure, the production of fruity esters is greatly reduced. This can allow you to brew a lager at 70F an obtain traditional lager flavor. All of the fementers listed below also allow for fermenting under no pressure or greatly reduced pressure which is preferable for making ales where the fruity esters are an essential part of the flavor profile.

  • MoreBeer has introduced several FermZilla Pressure Fermenter options.  Including conicals and All Rounder style fermetners.
  • These have been extremely popular since their introduction and have sold out quickly each time they’ve become available.
  • Check product page to see if this are back in stock.
  • Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses

Fermenting Under Pressure at MoreBeer

FermZilla All Rounder Review!

Hands on Review: FermZilla All Rounder Fermenter

Check Out the Go-To Resource on Fermenting Under Pressure!

Fermenting Under Pressure!

DuoTight Review!

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Hands on Review: BrewBuilt X1 Uni+ Conical Fermenter!

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.

X1 Uni+ Conical Fermentor

Fermentors are like the cars of the brewing world. There is a wide range of prices, appearances, and features. And just like cars, the most basic model (plastic bucket with a lid) will get the job done. But the basic model has limitations, and you soon find yourself eyeballing the next step up the fermentor food chain to either get one that’s flashier (stainless) or one that has more features (pressure fermentation capable). Of course, the penultimate is one that’s both shiny and has more features (stainless pressure-capable conical).

Fermentor Before Any Assembly

BrewBuilt is a division of MoreBeer that creates homebrew gear. They make a variety of products, and recently launched a series of stainless pressure-capable conical fermentors they call the X1 Uni. The X1 comes with a lot of different accessories for added features, depending on what you want. You can buy the add-ons piecemeal, or they come bundled into different hardware kits. There is the base X1 Uni, the X1 Uni+ that bundles some add-ons and temperature capabilities, and the X1 Uni Pro that also includes a heat pad, Peltier cooler, and a temperature controller.


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Cleaning Fermentor Before First Use

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