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If you’ve been waiting… Spike Brewing Flex+, CF5, CF10 and CF15 Conicals In Stock

From Spike: Our Flex+, CF5, CF10 and CF15 have been out of stock for a little bit due to high demand. However on Thursday (3/4) at 11am CST the Flex+, CF5, CF10 and CF15 will be put back into stock with our remaining 1 port lid inventory. We have limited quantities and predict to sell out.

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From HBF: I have no idea how many of each of these they’ll have in stock, but things like this from Spike sell out notoriously quickly.  They may have plenty, but my suggestion is to be ready to order.

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Hands on Review: Spike Conical Fermenters – FINALLY IN STOCK!

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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


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From Spike: Our Flex+, CF5, CF10 and CF15 have been out of stock for a little bit due to high demand. However on Thursday (3/4) at 11am CST the Flex+, CF5, CF10 and CF15 will be put back into stock with our remaining 1 port lid inventory. We have limited quantities and predict to sell out.

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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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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Flex Fermentor – FINALLY IN STOCK!

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.


Limited Time Availability Update, Review Continues Below:

From Spike: Our Flex+, CF5, CF10 and CF15 have been out of stock for a little bit due to high demand. However on Thursday (3/4) at 11am CST the Flex+, CF5, CF10 and CF15 will be put back into stock with our remaining 1 port lid inventory. We have limited quantities and predict to sell out.

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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 Brewing 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

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…


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

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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 – Expanded Selection… Includes Kettles

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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, they’ve added some kettles and conicals to the Bargain Cave.  If you’re interested… act quickly.

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Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. rp:spbc

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

spike brewing deal

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.

Recently the Cave has been nearly empty.  As of this posting, they’ve added some kettles an conicals to the mix.  If you’re interested… act quickly.

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

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Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. rp:spbc

Could Potentially Be a Quick SELLOUT… Sneak Peek – Spike Brewing Equipment’s Upcoming Cyber Monday Sale

Spike Brewing Equipment’s Cyber Monday Sale (not live yet as of this posting) will be a discount on…. THESE

This deal goes live at 10 AM Central.  Based on past sales, I think this could easily be a quick sellout.  We have seen that from Spike in the last, pre-orders and rare discounts like this have sold out in short order.  If you’re interested, I’d suggest keeping a close eye on that page.

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Save 20% Spike Brew Solos Systems for Cyber Monday!

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From Spike Brewing:

Every year on Cyber Monday we have a sale that includes one of our products lines. Two years ago it was kettles, last year it was our Flex and this year it is our new Spike Solo!

Is there anything worse than buying something and a week later it goes on sale? What if there was a way you could buy something you really wanted but don’t have to worry about it going on sale a week later!? Well at Spike we can make that happen. We do not play the ‘sale game’ throughout the year like many retailers. Instead we keep our prices the same year round. Our yearly Cyber Monday deal is the one chance to give our loyal customers an opportunity to buy our high quality products at a discounted price!

This Cyber Monday (11/30) our Solo Baskets and Solo Systems will be 20% off starting at 10am CST. We have a limited quantity of both available and we believe we will sell out like the previous two years; so once they are gone, they are gone.


SPIKE SOLO SINGLE VESSEL BREWING SYSTEMS

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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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.

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