Category Archives: Spike Brewing

New Selections… Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – CF5 & CF10 Conicals Are Back! + Select Kettles + Hands on Review

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.

  • As of this posting multiple conical and kettle models are available.
  • Check out our Hands on Review of Spike Conicals – but don’t take too long as….
  • 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

Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

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Spike Brewing Equipment Carbonation Chart Poster – Slight Defect – $15 + Resource Post: Balancing Your Kegerator

carbonation chart poster

 

  • 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.
  • As of this posting, the Bargain Cave is featuring a limited number of slight defect carbonation chart posters.  These are marked down to $15 from $25.

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

Carbonation Chart Poster – Slight Defect

Also: No Defect Version… Carbonation Chart Poster

What is a Carbonation Chart?

The carbonation level of your beer is a function of your CO2 PSI and your kegerator temperature.  The colder your kegerator, the more CO2 your beer will absorb.  You need to decide two things: How cold do I want my beer to be and what carbonation level do I want to serve it at.

A carbonation chart is a reference to determine the right CO2 pressure based on your kegerator’s temperature and your desired carbonation level.

Lots more info… Step by Step: Balancing Your Kegerator Draft System

Step by Step: Balancing Your Kegerator Draft System

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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Flex Fermentor

Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment 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…


Compare Prices, Review Continues Below


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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We’re Watching… Spike Solo Single Vessel eBIAB System + Check Out Our Spike Reviews

From Spike Brewing:

TWO RECORD-SETTING PRESALES
Based on all of the excitement we saw in the months leading up to the presale of the Spike Solo and Steam Condenser Lid, we anticipated high demand for these new products, but we were completely blown away by the overwhelming response! Both products sold out within 2 hours during their respective presales. Some of the variants sold out within minutes, which is a record for Spike. We will be sending updates on expected shipping dates for presale orders and will be making an announcement about when these will be officially available for purchase, so stay tuned.


We’re keeping a very close eye on Spike’s Solo System.  We’ve seen quantities pop up two times since the pre-sale sold out. Connect with Homebrew Finds and we’ll keep you in the loop!

SPIKE SOLO SINGLE VESSEL BREWING SYSTEM

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – a rare chance to get a deal on Spike gear.  Quantities and selection can be very limited.  If you see something you like, I suggest purchasing it quickly.

Check out our Spike Brewing Reviews!

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

New Selections… Spike Brewing Equipment’s Bargain Cave – CF5 & CF10 Conicals Are Back! + Select Kettles + Hands on Review

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.

  • As of this posting multiple conical and kettle models are available.
  • Check out our Hands on Review of Spike Conicals – but don’t take too long as….
  • 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

Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

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Spike+ Solo System Available! – quick pre-order sellout

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get a Spike Brewing Equipment Solo System… you’re time is coming.  Spike has announced details of a June 1 pre-sale.

More Info

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

We’ve officially landed on a name for our eBIAB (drumroll, please): Introducing, the Spike Solo! We thought it was a fitting moniker that’s as simple and efficient as the system itself. Here are a few examples of how the Solo could prove to be a game-changer for you:

It reduces your brewing footprint
Designed to be compact and turnkey, the Solo is a great way to brew all-grain without the space requirements. You can use this system just about anywhere that you have access to an appropriate electrical outlet. And because it’s smaller than a traditional setup, it can be easily stowed away when it’s not in use.

It’s steam condenser lid compatible
Our new steam condenser lid (coming soon & sold separately) is designed to fit all sizes of the Solo, making it the most convenient system for brewing indoors. No more standing in the cold outside or worrying about condensation collecting on walls and ceilings inside.

It’s easy to use
The entire process is streamlined with the Solo and the full system comes brew-ready right out of the box. The kettle, grain basket, lid and controller are all included, making the system quick to set up and simple to operate. And fewer components means less to clean, freeing up even more time in your day!

It’s electric
If you’re looking to make the switch to electric brewing, the Solo’s affordable price point makes it easy turn your wish into a reality. Going electric will give you more versatility and greater control during your brew day. Not to mention electric brewing is cheaper than using gas and you won’t run out mid-brew.

It’s built to last
We source the highest quality materials and components – many of them are used in our other systems – then fabricate each Solo at our shop in Milwaukee, WI. You can count on your system being built with the high standards you’ve come to expect from Spike and can be confident that it will work time and time again on brew day.


 

  • The initial Spike Solo eBIAB pre-sale sold out very quickly.
  • The Spike+ Solo System just became available.  My assumption is that whatever quantity of these are available are under the initial pre-order terms.  That would have them shipping in July.
  • I would suggest acting sooner rather than later.  This was a super quick sellout when it was first released.  I wouldn’t be surprised if these sell out in short order.
  • Update: Sold out again.  We’ll keep a close eye on this.  Connect with us to stay in the loop!

SPIKE+ SOLO SYSTEM | Pre-Sale Details

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – a rare chance to get a deal on Spike gear.  Quantities and selection can be very limited.  If you see something you like, I suggest purchasing it quickly.

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

Spike Solo Single Vessel eBIAB System Pre-Sale! + Check Out Our Spike Reviews

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get a Spike Brewing Equipment Solo System… you’re time is coming.  Spike has announced details of a June 1 pre-sale.

More Info

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

We’ve officially landed on a name for our eBIAB (drumroll, please): Introducing, the Spike Solo! We thought it was a fitting moniker that’s as simple and efficient as the system itself. Here are a few examples of how the Solo could prove to be a game-changer for you:

It reduces your brewing footprint
Designed to be compact and turnkey, the Solo is a great way to brew all-grain without the space requirements. You can use this system just about anywhere that you have access to an appropriate electrical outlet. And because it’s smaller than a traditional setup, it can be easily stowed away when it’s not in use.

It’s steam condenser lid compatible
Our new steam condenser lid (coming soon & sold separately) is designed to fit all sizes of the Solo, making it the most convenient system for brewing indoors. No more standing in the cold outside or worrying about condensation collecting on walls and ceilings inside.

It’s easy to use
The entire process is streamlined with the Solo and the full system comes brew-ready right out of the box. The kettle, grain basket, lid and controller are all included, making the system quick to set up and simple to operate. And fewer components means less to clean, freeing up even more time in your day!

It’s electric
If you’re looking to make the switch to electric brewing, the Solo’s affordable price point makes it easy turn your wish into a reality. Going electric will give you more versatility and greater control during your brew day. Not to mention electric brewing is cheaper than using gas and you won’t run out mid-brew.

It’s built to last
We source the highest quality materials and components – many of them are used in our other systems – then fabricate each Solo at our shop in Milwaukee, WI. You can count on your system being built with the high standards you’ve come to expect from Spike and can be confident that it will work time and time again on brew day.


 

Update: The Solo eBIAB pre-sale has sold out.  We’re keeping a close eye on these systems… Connect with Homebrew Finds and we’ll keep you in the loop!

SPIKE SOLO SINGLE VESSEL BREWING SYSTEM PRESALE!

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – a rare chance to get a deal on Spike gear.  Quantities and selection can be very limited.  If you see something you like, I suggest purchasing it quickly.

Check out our Spike Brewing Reviews!

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

Spike+ Solo System Available! – quick pre-order sellout

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get a Spike Brewing Equipment Solo System… you’re time is coming.  Spike has announced details of a June 1 pre-sale.

More Info

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

We’ve officially landed on a name for our eBIAB (drumroll, please): Introducing, the Spike Solo! We thought it was a fitting moniker that’s as simple and efficient as the system itself. Here are a few examples of how the Solo could prove to be a game-changer for you:

It reduces your brewing footprint
Designed to be compact and turnkey, the Solo is a great way to brew all-grain without the space requirements. You can use this system just about anywhere that you have access to an appropriate electrical outlet. And because it’s smaller than a traditional setup, it can be easily stowed away when it’s not in use.

It’s steam condenser lid compatible
Our new steam condenser lid (coming soon & sold separately) is designed to fit all sizes of the Solo, making it the most convenient system for brewing indoors. No more standing in the cold outside or worrying about condensation collecting on walls and ceilings inside.

It’s easy to use
The entire process is streamlined with the Solo and the full system comes brew-ready right out of the box. The kettle, grain basket, lid and controller are all included, making the system quick to set up and simple to operate. And fewer components means less to clean, freeing up even more time in your day!

It’s electric
If you’re looking to make the switch to electric brewing, the Solo’s affordable price point makes it easy turn your wish into a reality. Going electric will give you more versatility and greater control during your brew day. Not to mention electric brewing is cheaper than using gas and you won’t run out mid-brew.

It’s built to last
We source the highest quality materials and components – many of them are used in our other systems – then fabricate each Solo at our shop in Milwaukee, WI. You can count on your system being built with the high standards you’ve come to expect from Spike and can be confident that it will work time and time again on brew day.


 

  • The initial Spike Solo eBIAB pre-sale sold out very quickly.
  • The Spike+ Solo System just became available.  My assumption is that whatever quantity of these are available are under the initial pre-order terms.  That would have them shipping in July.
  • I would suggest acting sooner rather than later.  This was a super quick sellout when it was first released.  A second batch also sold out quickly.  I wouldn’t be surprised if these sell out in short order.
  • Sold out again!  That makes a total of three quick sellouts.  We’ll keep a close eye on this.  Connect with us to stay in the loop!

SPIKE+ SOLO SYSTEM | Pre-Sale Details

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – a rare chance to get a deal on Spike gear.  Quantities and selection can be very limited.  If you see something you like, I suggest purchasing it quickly.

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

Spike Solo Single Vessel eBIAB System Pre-Sale! + Check Out Our Spike Reviews

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get a Spike Brewing Equipment Solo System… you’re time is coming.  Spike has announced details of a June 1 pre-sale.

More Info

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

We’ve officially landed on a name for our eBIAB (drumroll, please): Introducing, the Spike Solo! We thought it was a fitting moniker that’s as simple and efficient as the system itself. Here are a few examples of how the Solo could prove to be a game-changer for you:

It reduces your brewing footprint
Designed to be compact and turnkey, the Solo is a great way to brew all-grain without the space requirements. You can use this system just about anywhere that you have access to an appropriate electrical outlet. And because it’s smaller than a traditional setup, it can be easily stowed away when it’s not in use.

It’s steam condenser lid compatible
Our new steam condenser lid (coming soon & sold separately) is designed to fit all sizes of the Solo, making it the most convenient system for brewing indoors. No more standing in the cold outside or worrying about condensation collecting on walls and ceilings inside.

It’s easy to use
The entire process is streamlined with the Solo and the full system comes brew-ready right out of the box. The kettle, grain basket, lid and controller are all included, making the system quick to set up and simple to operate. And fewer components means less to clean, freeing up even more time in your day!

It’s electric
If you’re looking to make the switch to electric brewing, the Solo’s affordable price point makes it easy turn your wish into a reality. Going electric will give you more versatility and greater control during your brew day. Not to mention electric brewing is cheaper than using gas and you won’t run out mid-brew.

It’s built to last
We source the highest quality materials and components – many of them are used in our other systems – then fabricate each Solo at our shop in Milwaukee, WI. You can count on your system being built with the high standards you’ve come to expect from Spike and can be confident that it will work time and time again on brew day.


 

Update: The Solo eBIAB pre-sale has sold out.  We’re keeping a close eye on these systems… Connect with Homebrew Finds and we’ll keep you in the loop!

SPIKE SOLO SINGLE VESSEL BREWING SYSTEM PRESALE!

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – a rare chance to get a deal on Spike gear.  Quantities and selection can be very limited.  If you see something you like, I suggest purchasing it quickly.

Check out our Spike Brewing Reviews!

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!

Spike Solo Single Vessel eBIAB System Pre-Sale! + Check Out Our Spike Reviews

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get a Spike Brewing Equipment Solo System… you’re time is coming.  Spike has announced details of a June 1 pre-sale.

More Info

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

We’ve officially landed on a name for our eBIAB (drumroll, please): Introducing, the Spike Solo! We thought it was a fitting moniker that’s as simple and efficient as the system itself. Here are a few examples of how the Solo could prove to be a game-changer for you:

It reduces your brewing footprint
Designed to be compact and turnkey, the Solo is a great way to brew all-grain without the space requirements. You can use this system just about anywhere that you have access to an appropriate electrical outlet. And because it’s smaller than a traditional setup, it can be easily stowed away when it’s not in use.

It’s steam condenser lid compatible
Our new steam condenser lid (coming soon & sold separately) is designed to fit all sizes of the Solo, making it the most convenient system for brewing indoors. No more standing in the cold outside or worrying about condensation collecting on walls and ceilings inside.

It’s easy to use
The entire process is streamlined with the Solo and the full system comes brew-ready right out of the box. The kettle, grain basket, lid and controller are all included, making the system quick to set up and simple to operate. And fewer components means less to clean, freeing up even more time in your day!

It’s electric
If you’re looking to make the switch to electric brewing, the Solo’s affordable price point makes it easy turn your wish into a reality. Going electric will give you more versatility and greater control during your brew day. Not to mention electric brewing is cheaper than using gas and you won’t run out mid-brew.

It’s built to last
We source the highest quality materials and components – many of them are used in our other systems – then fabricate each Solo at our shop in Milwaukee, WI. You can count on your system being built with the high standards you’ve come to expect from Spike and can be confident that it will work time and time again on brew day.


 

Update: The Solo eBIAB pre-sale has sold out.  We’re keeping a close eye on these systems… Connect with Homebrew Finds and we’ll keep you in the loop!

SPIKE SOLO SINGLE VESSEL BREWING SYSTEM PRESALE!

Also: Spike Brewing’s Bargain Cave – a rare chance to get a deal on Spike gear.  Quantities and selection can be very limited.  If you see something you like, I suggest purchasing it quickly.

Check out our Spike Brewing Reviews!

More: Our Last Fifty Finds!