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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters + Limited Time Deal

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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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As of this posting, Spike’s Bargain Cave has the CF5 available.  Bargain Cave selection and availability can change very quickly.  Check the Bargain Cave for current selection and pricing


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Spike Conical Fermenters


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Mangrove Jack Stainless Steel Fermenter…. $79.99!

Mangrove Jack Fermenter

Mangrove Jack Fermenter via William’s Brewing

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

This stainless fermenter from Mangrove Jack holds 7 gallons, and features a silicone sealed stainless lid with a 7/8″ hole in the center, to accept a #4 stopper and airlock (stopper and airlock not included). 20″ tall, 12″ diameter.


 

As of this posting, William’s Brewing has this on sale for just $79.99. Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items. 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.

Mangrove Jack Fermenter

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Hard to Find Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels – $99, Save $41

Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel

5 Gallon Used Whiskey Barrels from Adventures in Homebrewing


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

Take your next brew to the next level with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! Hailing from an award-winning small-batch distillery, these oak barrels will add depth and complexity to your next batch.No stand is included with this batch of barrels
Used barrels may have cracked staves from their previous use. This is completely normal in a used barrel and does not compromise the integrity of the barrel. When they swell from the liquid being in them, they will form small cracks. If you prefer a barrel with no cracks, please check out our new barrels.


Availability of used whiskey barrels in the 5 gallon size can be touch and go.  They are generally popular and sell out quickly.

As of this posting these are in stock and on sale for $99.  That’s a $40.99 savings.  Sales on these are rare.  This is a great deal considering how tough these are to find.  I would suggest getting on this sooner rather than later, if you’re interested.  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 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

5 Gallon Used Whiskey Barrels

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Upgrade Your Speidel! Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters! – $18.39 + free ship eligible

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters from Adventures in Homebrewing

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Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

Replace the spigot on your Speidel Plastic Fermenter with the stainless steel dip tube with 1/2″ NPT connection. This dip tube also features a thermowell. This allows you to easily check and monitor the temperature inside your Speidel Plastic Fermenter. Add a Ball Valve (Grab One Here!) on the end to create an awesome stainless spigot. Dip tube includes the stock Speidel Spigot Lock Ring & Gasket.


 

As of this posting, this is selling for just $18.39.  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 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

Get Free Shipping: As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $49 or more with a few exclusions.  See AIH’s terms and conditions for full details, but this does bundle with many of their existing sale items!  No promo code is needed.  Applies to lower 48 US states.        FREE Shipping at AIH!Sale Items.  

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

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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Speidels are awesome!  heck out my Hands On Review

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FREE $25 Gift Card when you buy a FermZilla Conical Fermenter

FermZilla Conical Fermenter - 7.1 Gallon (27 Liter)

FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 7.1 Gallon (27 Liter) via Austin Homebrew Supply

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FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 7.1 Gallon (27 Liter)

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 Austin Homebrew Supply has this for just $129.99. 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

Stacks With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $25 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.  Check AHS for current availability.

FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 7.1 Gallon (27 Liter)

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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Get a Free $25 Gift Card When You Buy a Hard to Find Used 5 Gallon Balcones Whiskey Barrel

Used Whiskey Barrel - 5 Gallon

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon via Austin Homebrew Supply

From Austin Homebrew Supply: “Age your next batch in some serious style with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! From an award winning small batch distillery deep in the heart of Texas (Waco, TX), this barrel will add a professional level of depth and complexity to your next batch. Comes with a stand to store your barrel with ease.”

Availability of these can be touch and go.  As of this posting Austin Homebrew Supply has these in stock for $139.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Free $25 Gift Card: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $25 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon

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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Get a Free $25 Gift Card When You Buy a Hard to Find Used 5 Gallon Balcones Whiskey Barrel

Used Whiskey Barrel - 5 Gallon

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon via Austin Homebrew Supply

From Austin Homebrew Supply: “Age your next batch in some serious style with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! From an award winning small batch distillery deep in the heart of Texas (Waco, TX), this barrel will add a professional level of depth and complexity to your next batch. Comes with a stand to store your barrel with ease.”

Availability of these can be touch and go.  As of this posting Austin Homebrew Supply has these in stock for $139.99.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Free $25 Gift Card: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $25 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  I believe that the only exclusion is… gift cards.  This equates to a back door discount on lots of product lines that typically are not discounted.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.

Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon

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

Also: Check out Austin Homebrew Supplies Sale Items – Selection Changes Regularly

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Announcing: Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters!

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters from Adventures in Homebrewing

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

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

Replace the spigot on your Speidel Plastic Fermenter with the stainless steel dip tube with 1/2″ NPT connection. This dip tube also features a thermowell. This allows you to easily check and monitor the temperature inside your Speidel Plastic Fermenter. Add a Ball Valve (Grab One Here!) on the end to create an awesome stainless spigot. Dip tube includes the stock Speidel Spigot Lock Ring & Gasket.


 

Stainless Steel Dip Tube & Thermowell for Speidel Fermenters

Speidels are awesome!  heck out my Hands On Review

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FermZilla Conical Fermenters…. Finally In Stock!

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.

 

As of this posting, MoreBeer finally has these in stock.  They are selling for $129.99.  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.

FermZilla Conical Fermenter – 7.1 gal. / 27 L FE110

Full Lineup: FermZilla Conical Fermetners at MoreBeer

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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#10 Two Hole Stopper and Thermowell [Inkbird Compatible] – for PET Carboys and Chapman UniVessels

thermowell#10 Stopper and Thermowell for use with compatible PET Carboys and Chapman UniVessel Fermenters.  The stopper has two holes so that it can accommodate both the thermowell and an airlock.


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

“This carboy thermowell is used in conjunction with the Inkbird Digital Controllers and many others, to more accurately regulate internal temperature during fermentation. It is exceptionally useful during the start of fermentation when the lag between ambient temperature in the refrigerator and actual temperature in the carboy can vary greatly. Now you can keep your beer or wine within one degree of the set point on your digital controller. Designed to fit either 3, 5 or 6 gallon PLASTIC carboys or any other similarly sized opening hole. The unit comes with a 15″ stainless steel thermowell and a #10 silicone stopper that will accommodate our sanitary filter, FIL90, as well. It can be used in any container with a stopper opening of this size where you need to accurately monitor and control liquid temperature  .Inner Diameter of Thermowell: .255″ Works with new 2016 Rancos too!”


Related: Inkbird Temp Controller Deals and Reviews

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $25.99.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses. Check the listing for current price, description and availability.

#10 Stopper Thermowell Two Hole Bung For Plastic PET Carboys And Chapman Univessel Fermenters

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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