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Update…. Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts

Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave features limited quantities of discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally very limited.

The bargain cave had been empty for quite some time.  A day or two ago they added quite a few new selections.  They’ave had some of the smaller conicals sell out, but larger conicals and most size brew kettles are still available, at least as of this posting.  If you see something you like, my suggestion is to purchase right away as availability can change quickly.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available, remember… availability is limited

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New Selections… Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts

Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave features limited quantities of discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally very limited.

The bargain cave has been empty for quite some time.  They’ve just added quite a few new selections!  If you see something you like, my suggestion is to purchase right away as availability can change quickly.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available, remember… availability is limited

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New Selections… Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts!

Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave features limited quantities of discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally very limited.

The bargain cave has been empty for quite some time.  They’ve just added quite a few new selections!  If you see something you like, my suggestion is to purchase right away as availability can change quickly.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available, remember… availability is limited

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Hands on Review: Spike TC100 Temperature Control System

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 TC100 Temperature Control System

Controlling the temperature during fermentation is key to getting the right flavor profile out of your yeast. Sure, you can still make good beer without it, but you’ll be limited. It’s like walking vs. driving a car. Sure, you can get some cool places just by walking. But when you increase your mobility, you can explore more places that were out of reach when you were only walking. Getting back to fermentation, if you’ve got a cool basement and a heat wrap + controller, you can get control of ale fermentation. Add to that a cold water source and a method to circulate that water within your beer, and now you can also get control of lager fermentation, too.

Flex Fermentor [Hands on Review] with Neoprene Jacket


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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Homebrew Kettle

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+ Kettle + Mash Tun Conversion

Spike kettles come in sizes from 10 gallons all the way up to 50 gallons. The 10, 15, and 20 gallon kettles all share a common trait of 1.2 mm thick walls and a 5 mm thick base. The 30 and 50 gallon units up those numbers to 1.5 mm walls and a 6 mm base. Spike is quick to point out that these are the thickest kettle walls on the market. At first that might not seem like something that matters, it just seems like something that makes them heavy to lift and move around. But if you accidentally bang it into a doorway or a table you’re thankful for sturdy kettle walls that keep it looking new rather than beat up.


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Hands on Review: Spike 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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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters

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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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Spike Brewing Equipment FLEX Fermenters – Cyber Monday Flash Sale… Save 25% + Hands on Review

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Spike Brewing’s Cyber Monday Flash Sale is Live!


From Spike:

Spike is prepping the warehouse. We’ll be having a special, one day only sale, of 25% off FLEX and FLEX+ Fermenters. A limited quantity will be available at a discount starting at 12:01 am CST on Monday, 12/2.

Mark the date on your calendar if you are thinking about upgrading your fermenter setup, now is the time!

In addition to our special FLEX deal on Cyber Monday, we have the Bargain Cave stocked. Pair your new FLEX with a kettle or additional fermenter!


Spike Brewing discounts are rare.  If you’ve been thinking about this, my suggestion is to hop on it.  They’re saying quantities are limited.  Same goes for Bargain Cave deals.  Those are notoriously limited.  If you see something you like, hop on it.

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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FLEX Fermenters at Spike Brewing Equipment! – 25% Off Flash Sale for Cyber Monday

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Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts!

Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave features limited quantities of discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally very limited.  If you see something you like, my suggestion is to purchase right away as availability can change quickly.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available, remember… availability is limited

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Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts!

Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave features limited quantities of discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally very limited.  If you see something you like, my suggestion is to purchase right away as availability can change quickly.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available, remember… availability is limited

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