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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Flex Fermentor + 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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Pair 1/4″ Quick Disconnects w/Shut-Off (gas & liquid) -$12.99 + free prime ship

LucaSng Plastic Hose Quick Connector with Shut-Off,Gas and Liquid Quick Connector Check Valve Beer Line Tubing Quick Disconnect (1/4” Barb)LucaSng Plastic Hose Quick Connector with Shut-Off,Gas and Liquid Quick Connector Check Valve Beer Line Tubing Quick Disconnect (1/4” Barb)

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

  • This plastic quick disconnect set features 1/4″ barb.
  • Shutoffs(check valve) prevent leakage when disconnected.Use these high quality, food-grade quick-disconnects on your gas and beer tubing lines.
  • These couplings make it very easy to swap out couplers and other beer and air side accessories.
  • Made of Food-grade plastic with stainless steel springs and NSF approved.
  • The temperature range is -40F to 180F.They can handle a vacuum to 80 psi – so you need not worry about them leaking gas.

 

These are valved disconnects. When they are disengaged a shut off mechanism stops the flow of gas or liquid.

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LucaSng Plastic Hose Quick Connector with Shut-Off,Gas and Liquid Quick Connector Check Valve Beer Line Tubing Quick Disconnect (1/4” Barb) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Compare: Beer & Gas Quick Connect – In-Line Set (With Shut-Off) H550 – similar concept, but not identical

Stainless Steel Tri-Clamp Thermometer! – $49.99, Save $10 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

1.5 in. T.C. Thermometer - 3.25 in. Face x 7.5 in. Probe H594Stainless Steel Tri-Clamp Thermometer from MoreBeer

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Stainless steel dial thermometer with 1.5″ tri-clamp fitting. Thermometer face measures 3.25″ and measures from 32-220°F (0-100°C). Probe measures 7.5″ in length from the tip to the T.C. fitting.


 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $49.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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1.5 in. T.C. Thermometer – 3.25 in. Face x 7.5 in. Probe H594

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LinkTech Brand High Temp Plastic QD Set – 1/2 in. MPT – $24.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

High Temp Plastic QD Set - 1/2 in. MPT H501

High Temp Plastic QD Set – 1/2 in. MPT from MoreBeer

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The LinkTech 60PS Series is a lineup of premium plastic Quick Disconnects. These High Quality QDs are made from Food Grade Udel® Polysulfone, a high-strength plastic that is temperature tolerant past boiling (280° Max!), and can handle pressure ranging from a vacuum to 125 psi. All of the 60PS Series will interconnect, and these units will also work seamlessly (and leaklessly!) with CPC Quick Disconnects of the same internal 3/8” flow path. O-rings are a Food Grade EPDM Rubber, and internal valve springs are constructed from 316 Stainless steel.

This is a Male Plug, which can connect to any H501 Series Female Sockets. It has 1/2″ Male NPT threading for use with any product equipped with 1/2″ Female NPT.

While not quite as bulletproof as our Stainless Steel Quick Disconnects, this lineup does offer a few advantages. These can be set up with Shutoffs, which will prevent flow when disconnected, and can be incredibly useful on Pump or Glycol systems. The pricing of these products is more economical, yet the plastic is still food grade at and above boiling temperatures. All in all, these are a premium lineup of quick disconnects with great features and lots of options.

Features:

  • LinkTech brand 60PS Series
  • Connections:
    • Male Plug Quick Disconnect
    • 1/2″ MPT
  • Food Grade Materials:
  • Body: High-Strength Udel® Polysulfone
    • Spring: 316 Stainless Steel
    • O-Ring: EPDM
  • Operating Pressure: Vacuum to 125 PSI
  • Temperature Tolerance: -40 to 280° F (-40 to138° C)
  • 3/8″ Flow Path
  • Interchangeable with CPC – Colder HFC35 Series

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $24.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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High Temp Plastic QD Set – 1/2 in. MPT H501

Pair Stainless Steel Quick Disconnects by Ferroday – $12.99 + free prime ship

FERRODAY Stainless Steel Quick Disconnect Set 1/2 NPT Female Disconnect 1/2" Barb Brewing Quick Disconnect For Wort Pumps for Wort Chiller Connectors for Ball Valve Hose Fitting & O-rings

FERRODAY Stainless Steel Quick Disconnect Set 1/2 NPT Female Disconnect 1/2″ Barb

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  • 【304 Stainless Steel 】 The FPT quick disconnect is made of top quality 304SS that will last a lifetime. The internal o-ring is food grade silicone. Our female quick disconnect is anti-corrosion/ heat-resistant and wear-resistant.
  • 【Quickly Switch Lines Between Equipment】 1/2 NPT thread quick disconnect can attach to any 1/2 male thread fitting(ball valve, wort chillers, beer pump). The 1/2″ OD barbed hose fittings is great for attaching 1/2″ ID hose.
  • 【Push-On Hose Fittings 】Firstly you need to pull up the collar on the barbed quick disconnect, then put the Female fitting into the barbed quick disconnect, and then release the collar to lock.
  • 【No Leaks】The barbed quick disconnect has a red silicone gasket inside. It will create a tight seal for liquid & gas between FPT fitting and the barbed quick disconnect.
  • 【Connection Easily】This quick disconnect set allows one hand operation of take on/ take off. All parts fit together very well . The FPT quick disconnect works perfect for homebrew quick disconnect setup.

 

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FERRODAY Stainless Steel Quick Disconnect Set 1/2 NPT Female Disconnect 1/2″ Barb Brewing Quick Disconnect For Wort Pumps for Wort Chiller Connectors for Ball Valve Hose Fitting & O-rings – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Stainless Steel 1.5″ TC Weldless Bulkhead, Add TC to Your Gear – $18.99 + free prime ship

Bulkhead Compression Fitting, 1.5”TC Kettle Homebrew Weldless Bulkehad Compression Fitting 304 Stainless Steel Homebrew Kettle Bulkhead With Silicone Ring (1.5”)

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  • 🌟 HIGH QUALITY — Made of 304 high‑hardness stainless steel,with food‑grade silicone gasket,sturdy and durable, wear‑resistant.good sealing performance
  • 🌟 WELDLESS DESIGNED — Add a 1.5″ TC flange to virtually any vessel,Weldless Bulkehad Compression Fitting allows you to add a TC port to any vessel no need welding or soldering,Ideal for FTSs and Brew Bucket ,Just drill a 41MM hole and tighen the locknut.
  • 🌟 APPLY TO — Suitable for kettles, beer kegs, cola kegs, soda buckets with a diameter less than 12in.Perfect for kettle or keg,it is a practical home brew kettle accessory
  • 🌟 HOW TO INSTALL — The front of the flange does not have flats for a wrench. The easiest way to hold the flange for tightening is to clamp any other TC parts on with the gasket and clamp. Once tight, you can insert a long rod or screw driver into the hole of the wingnut.
  • 🌟 PLEASE NOTE — Hole Size Required 32.5mm,the lock nut hex measures 48mm,works on kettle just as small as 12″ in diameter.

 

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Bulkhead Compression Fitting, 1.5”TC Kettle Homebrew Weldless Bulkehad Compression Fitting 304 Stainless Steel Homebrew Kettle Bulkhead With Silicone Ring (1.5”) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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.

Homebrewer’s Outpost 1/2″ Stainless Steel Bulkhead – $12.94

Homebrewers Outpost - H726 S/S Bulkhead 1/2" FPT x 1/2" MPT

Homebrewers Outpost – H726 S/S Bulkhead 1/2″ FPT x 1/2″ MPT


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

  • Add a ball valve for thermometer to a kettle
  • Stainless construction

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Homebrewers Outpost – H726 S/S Bulkhead 1/2″ FPT x 1/2″ MPT – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Trick Your System Out With DuoTight Fittings & EVABarrier, Get a FREE Set of Nucleated Can Glasses + Hands on Review

duotight fittings

  • DuoTight Fittings are awesome: Easy to use push to connect fittings compatible with EVABarrier lined tubing.  Clamp-less installation and reconfiguration.
  • Lots of options mean the DuoTight system is flexible and full featured.’
  • Check out my extensive Hands on Review
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1.5″ Tri Clamp Sight Glass – $21.99 + free prime ship

Beduan in-Line Sight Glass with Tri Clamp End, Sanitary Flow Sight Glass Stainless Steel 1.5 Inch Tri Clamp Type (Flow Pipe OD 19mm)

Beduan in-Line Sight Glass with Tri Clamp End, Sanitary Flow Sight Glass Stainless Steel 1.5 Inch Tri Clamp Type (Flow Pipe OD 19mm)

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

  • Body material:Stainless Steel 304.
  • In-line sight glass flow pipe OD:19mm. Ferrule OD:50.5mm, Fits to 1.5″ tri clamp.
  • Max pressure:120 PSI. Max temperature: 300°F.
  • Sight glass flow indicators provides a full 360 degree to observe fluid flow in any direction.
  • Sanitary sight glasses are designed for sanitary applications used in the food, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries.

 

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Beduan in-Line Sight Glass with Tri Clamp End, Sanitary Flow Sight Glass Stainless Steel 1.5 Inch Tri Clamp Type (Flow Pipe OD 19mm) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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25 x 1/4″ Cole Palmer Male Luer Lock Disconnects + Making a CO2 Utility Line

Cole-Parmer Male luer with Lock Ring x 1/4" Hose Barb, Nylon, Pack of 25Cole-Parmer Male luer with Lock Ring x 1/4″ Hose Barb, Nylon, Pack of 25

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  • Product Type: luer fitting
  • Material: nylon
  • Qty/pk: 25
  • Number of items: 25
  • Package quantity: package

From HBF: 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.

 

Luer Locks disconnects are generally used in medical and industrial applications.  Compatible male and female Luer Locks twist together to make a airtight, pressure capable connection.

I use Luer Lock style connectors for a CO2 utility line for my draft system.  That allows me to quickly and easily switch between a number of CO2 utility attachments that I don’t use on a day to day basis.  The reason I chose Luer Locks is that they are generally inexpensive.  You could also use these as a primary disconnect for your CO2 system.

These Luer Locks are made by Cole Parmer.  They feature 1/4″ barbs to connect to compatible tubing.  I asked the manufacturer for the PSI rating of these disconnects.  I was told… “Thank you for your email. the fittings AO-45502-20 and AO-45505-19 are male and female fittings and compatible. The Psi rating for these fittings together is 100PSI”.

Related: Making a Utility CO2 Line using Luer Lock Disconnects

Cole-Parmer Male luer with lock ring x 1/4″ hose barb, nylon, pack of 25 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: Cole-Parmer AO-45502-20 Female luer x 1/4″ hose barb adapter, Nylon, 25/pk