Category Archives: Tri-Clamps

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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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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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.

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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  • 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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DERNORD Sanitary Sample Valve 1.5″ Tri Clamp – $15.99 + free prime ship

DERNORD Sanitary Sample Valve 1.5" Tri Clamp Ferrule OD 50.5MM with Elliptic Handle

DERNORD Sanitary Sample Valve 1.5″ Tri Clamp Ferrule OD 50.5MM with Elliptic Handle by Dernord

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  • Outlet connection: 10MM Hose barb
  • Connection: 1.5″ Tri Clamp: Ferrule OD 50.5MM
  • Combined with 1.5 inch tri clamp silicone gasket (not included), available with clamp ends
  • Body material: Stainless Steel 304
  • Stainless Steel Flow Control Equipment for the Food, Beverage, Dairy, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Electronics Processing Industries

 

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DERNORD Sanitary Sample Valve 1.5″ Tri Clamp Ferrule OD 50.5MM with Elliptic Handle – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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QiiMii 1.5″ Tri Clamp Tri Clover Fittings to NPT 1/2″ – $9.99 + free prime ship

QiiMii 1.5" Tri Clamp Tri Clover Fittings to NPT 1/2" Male Thread Adaptor SS304

QiiMii 1.5″ Tri Clamp Tri Clover Fittings to NPT 1/2″ Male Thread Adaptor SS304

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  • Material: stainless steel 304
  • Tube OD: 1.5 Inch, Fits 1.5 Inch Tri-clamp, 5 pack
  • Heavy Duty Clamp
  • Fit for all other homebrew stuff sanitary fittings

 

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QiiMii 1.5″ Tri Clamp Tri Clover Fittings to NPT 1/2″ Male Thread Adaptor SS304 – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


More Tri-Clover/Tri-Clamp: Brewers Hardware has a gigantic selection of Tri-Clover Compatible Fittings including some really unique offerings  | Tri-Clamp Fittings at Proflow Dynamics

Stainless Steel 1.5″ TC Weldless Bulkhead, Add TC to Your Gear – $20.99 + How-to: Add A Tri-Clamp To Your Homebrew Keg

Bulkhead Compression Fitting 1.5” Tri Clamp Weldless Bulkehad 304 Stainless Steel Homebrew Kettle Bulkhead

Bulkhead Compression Fitting 1.5” TC homebrew Weldless Bulkhead 304 Stainless Steel Homebrew Kettle Bulkhead

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  • Add a 1.5″ TC flange to virtually any vessel!Just drill a 41MM hole and tighen the locknut with 1pcs extra Food grade gasket..
  • 304 Stainless Construction and High heat compatible silicone gaskets.
  • 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.
  • Works on kettle as small as 12″ in diameter.
  • Weldless design Ideal for FTSs and Brew Bucket flat lid pressurized transfers

 

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Bulkhead Compression Fitting 1.5” Tri Clamp Weldless Bulkhead 304 Stainless Steel Homebrew Kettle Bulkhead – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

More Tri-Clover/Tri-Clamp: Brewers Hardware has a gigantic selection of Tri-Clover Compatible Fittings including some really unique offerings  | Tri-Clamp Fittings at Proflow Dynamics

Tri-Clamp x 1/2″ FNPT – convert pumps to TC – $9.95 with stacking deals

TC150/050-FNPT

Proflow Dynamics has an extensive selection of homebrew gear, fittings and disconnects anchored by their lineup of Stainless Steel Camlock QDs.

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TC150/050-FNPT via ProFlow Dynamics.

This can do a lot of things, but one is to effectively convert compatible pumps to Tri-Clamp.  Two of these (one each on the in and out side of compatible pumps) change your pump over to Tri-Clamp/Tri-Clover.

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  • Shipping is an additional cost based on your location.  Because of minimum shipping costs, it may make sense to place a larger order.  Additional items may ship for minimal cost.
  • This fitting is $13.  The two stacking deals make it $9.95.

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More Tri-Clover/Tri-Clamp:  Tri-Clamp Fittings at Proflow Dynamics

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1.5″ Tri Clamp x 1/2″ FPT – $16.19, best price + free prime ship

DERNORD 1.5'' Tri clamp Adapter to 1/2 inch FNPT Thread Ferrule Sanitary Pipe Fitting

DERNORD 1.5” Tri clamp Adapter to 1/2 inch FNPT Thread Ferrule Sanitary Pipe Fitting

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  • NPT Size:1/2 inch
  • Tri clamp Size: 1.5 inch
  • Milling edge is easier to install
  • Suitable for use in food, beverage, and dairy applications.
  • Made of stainless steel 304 for resistance to corrosion and high temperatures

 

This has a number of potential applications. One potential application would be converting a compatible brewing pump to TC.

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DERNORD 1.5” Tri clamp Adapter to 1/2 inch FNPT Thread Ferrule Sanitary Pipe Fitting – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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