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Spike Brewing Equipment V3 Kettles Closeout Sale + Hands on Review

With the announcement of their V4 lineup of Kettles, Spike Brewing Equipment is also clearing out all V3 stock.  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.  Check out the Bargain Cave for complete selection and availability.

V3 Kettle Closeout

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave! | Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle

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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters!

spike conical review

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 Conical Fermenters


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Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave… Includes Discounted v4 Kettles

Spike Brewing Equipment has a Bargain gave that featured discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally limited.  Many times, only one is available.

As of this posting, The Bargain Cave has select availability of Spike’s recently announced v4 kettles.  Availability of Bargain Cave gear is volatile.  If you see something you want, my suggestion is to make your purchase quickly.

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10 Gallon Spike Brewing v4 Kettle w/2 Vertical Couplers – $185, Save $35 via Bargain Cave

Spike Brewing Equipment has a Bargain gave that featured discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally limited.  Many times, only one is available.

The bargain cave has been sparse lately.  According to my notes, I noticed that 0 kettles were available as of 5/13.  Selection continued to get worse as May went on.  Until today.  Lots of new kettles to choose from as well as conicals.

From Spike: “Looking for a discounted kettle or conical? Check out our freshly stocked Bargain Cave. When a product doesn’t uphold the standards of our strict QC team, we add it to our slightly discounted stock. Items are going quickly!”

This makes the pictured 10 gallon v4 kettle just $185 while supplies last… Availability of Bargain Cave gear is volatile.  If you see something you want, my suggestion is to make your purchase quickly.

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Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts – 10, 15, 30 & 50 Gallon Kettles

Spike Brewing Equipment has a Bargain gave that featured discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally limited.  Many times, only one is available.

Availability of Bargain Cave gear is volatile.  If you see something you want, my suggestion is to make your purchase quickly.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available

More: Recent Great Deals

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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle – limited time v3 closeout & new photo with Brewers Hardware Sight Glass

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 Brewing Equipment is closing out all V3 stock (a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post).  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.

V3 Kettle Closeout – a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post


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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Sneak Peak… Spike Brewing Equpiment Nano Brewing System

 

spike brewing equipment nano system

From Spike Brewing Equipment:

We’ve got something big brewing for our next major product release. The Spike Nano System – coming later this year! Interested in starting a brewery, or know someone who needs a pilot system? Learn more about our newest product below and stay up to date as we unveil more details!


Learn More – The Spike Brewing Nano System

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Expanded Selection: Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – Limited Availability Discounts – kettles, conicals

Spike Brewing Equipment has a Bargain gave that featured discounted gear.  Selection can range wildly from new gear to, canceled custom items to commercial scale items.  Availability of items is generally limited.  Many times, only one is available.

From Spike: “Looking for a discounted kettle or conical? Check out our freshly stocked Bargain Cave. When a product doesn’t uphold the standards of our strict QC team, we add it to our slightly discounted stock. Items are going quickly!”

Availability of Bargain Cave gear is volatile.  If you see something you want, my suggestion is to make your purchase quickly.

Check out Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – to see what’s available

More: Recent Great Deals

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Spike Brewing Equipment v3 15 Gallon 1 Coupler Kettle – $195, Save $40 vs v4

V3 - 15 GALLON BREW KETTLE - 1 COUPLER

With the announcement of their V4 lineup of Kettles, Spike Brewing Equipment is also clearing out all V3 stock.  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.  Check out the Bargain Cave for complete selection and availability.

V3 Kettle Closeout

This sale brings the single coupler 15 gallon v3 down to $195.  That’s a $40 savings vs the the v4 edition of this kettle

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave! | Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle

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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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