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Hands on Review: Torpedo 10 Gallon Ball Lock Homebrew Kegs!

Larger 10 and 15 gallon homebrew kegs have been very hard to find… for years.  There have been a couple sources, eBay was a best bet, but that was touch and go at best.  When you could find one, prices were… outrageous.  $300++ for a used 10 gallon keg would not be uncommon.  Again, that’s IF you could find one.

Great news homebrewers…. MoreBeer has introduced 10 and 15 gallon homebrew ball lock kegs via their Torpedo line of kegs and accessories.  These are BRAND NEW kegs that are (hopefully) readily available at a reasonable price.

Why a larger 10 or 15 gallon homebrew keg?

The first and most obvious answer is for large batch brewers.  If you brew 10 or 15 gallon batches, it sure would be nice to have a keg that fits your entire batch.  Even if you don’t brew 10 gallons, you may want to brew a couple 5 gallon batches of the same beer (much like professional brewers do) and keg it in a single keg.

A less obvious answer to the question is… to use as a fermenter.  Kegs are well-built stainless steel vessels that are pressure capable.  You can easily move them around and they are built to be bumped around a bit.  Using a keg opens up some really interesting possibilities…. fermenting under pressure with a Spunding Valve [See: Build a Spunding Valve! – How and Why], naturally carbonating in the fermenter/Krausening (again with the aid of a Spunding Valve), transferring under pressure, oxygen-free (or near oxygen-free) transfers, re-purposing expelled CO2 and more.

A third application is similar to the second… Use as a UniVessel.  Ferment and serve in the same vessel.  Save time and simplify your process.


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Rare Deal: 14 Gallon Blichmann Fermenator Conical with Tri Clamp Fittings – $649.99

Blichmann Fermenator Conical - 14 gal (Tri Clamp Fittings)

Blichmann Fermenator Conical – 14 gal (Tri Clamp Fittings) via MoreBeer

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This stainless steel conical fermentor features a weld-free interior, a dump valve for removing yeast and sediment, and a rotating racking arm for transferring. Prior to bottling or kegging, you can dump your yeast and trub out of the bottom, making for a very clean transfer. This helps with a cleaner, crisper beer everytime! The lid has a removable soda keg-style hatch that is pressure capable, allowing you to easily transfer using CO2 to minimize air exposure. Optional casters and leg extensions are available as well. The 14 Gallon Fermenator is designed to ferment 10 gallons at a time.

 

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Blichmann Fermenator Conical – 14 gal (Tri Clamp Fittings) BL214

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20.5 Gallon/82 Quart Stainless Steel Kettle by Bayou Classic

Bayou Classic 1082, 82-Qt. Stainless Fryer/Steamer

Bayou Classic 1082, 82-Qt. Stainless Fryer/Steamer by Bayou Classic

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  • 82-quart stainless stockpot
  • Stockpot 1.0 millimeter / 18 gauge
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Durable, reliable and versatile
  • Measures 18.75-inches in diameter by 17-inches in height

 

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FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter – $119.99, Save $40! via William’s Brewing + Convert it to a Keg & Get a Freebie

FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter

FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter

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With the 55 Liter FermZilla (13.2 gallons) you have the many of the benefits of a much more expensive stainless conical fermenter but with the additional benefit of being able to see the fermentation process in action and also ferment at pressures up to 30 PSI. This is sized for 10 gallon batches. 45″ tall with airlock installed. See the videos and the instructions below for more details.

Included In The Box:
1 x Fermzilla Tank with Butterfly Dump Valve Parts (Pre-Assembled & Attached)
1 x Reinforced Stainless Steel Stand
1 x Stainless Handle
1 x Top Lid with Red PRV (35psi) [2 x Male Cap Threads] [Up to 4 drill ports for accessories] 1 x Top Lid Screw Cap 1 x 1000mL Collection Container & Lid* [2 x Male Cap Threads] 1 x KegLand Adjustable Easy Opening Tool
1 x Premium 3 Piece Airlock
1 x Approximate Graduations Sticker
1 x Strip Stick On Thermometer
1 x Grommet Bottle Cap (Airlock Port)
1 x Bag Spare Seals

Available options include:
Spunding Valve Kit
Extra Collection Jar

IMPORTANT NOTICE: When using this vessel under pressure. You must perform a water pressure check to ensure your connections are leak proof. To do this. Fill your FermZilla up with water, then apply a minimum of 15psi pressure to the vessel. Occasionally these units may come with some small indentations/dimples/dents from shipping, this is just a reality of shipping large blow-moulded thin-walled vessels. But dont panic, these fermenters are designed to endure minor deformations such as this. All small dents will push out and settle with use and positive pressure and are only an issue and warrant replacement in the rare event they start to show white stress patterns.

Maximum temperature is 130 degrees F., if you pour boiling or near boiling wort into this unit, you will ruin it, and heat damage is not covered by warranty.


 

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Hands On Review: German Made Speidel Fermenters

Hands on Review Speidel Fermenters

German Made, Speidel Fermenters are available in a range of sizes 3.2 gallons all the way up to… 132 gallons.  Check out the full lineup including accessories and replacement gaskets.

I’ve owned a 5.3 gallon Speidel fermenter since October of 2011.  I use it for small batch BIAB beers.  I’ve been very impressed with that fermenter.  More recently, I picked up the 7.9 gallon version so that I can ferment full 5 gallon batches with all the same advantages.  This is a hands on review of both fermenters.


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FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter – $129.99, Save $30 via William’s Brewing + Get a Freebie

FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter

  • William’s Brewing has this on sale for $129.99.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter

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FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter – $139.99, Save $20 via William’s Brewing + Get a Freebie

FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter

FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter

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

With the 55 Liter FermZilla (13.2 gallons) you have the many of the benefits of a much more expensive stainless conical fermenter but with the additional benefit of being able to see the fermentation process in action and also ferment at pressures up to 30 PSI. This is sized for 10 gallon batches. 45″ tall with airlock installed. See the videos and the instructions below for more details.

Included In The Box:
1 x Fermzilla Tank with Butterfly Dump Valve Parts (Pre-Assembled & Attached)
1 x Reinforced Stainless Steel Stand
1 x Stainless Handle
1 x Top Lid with Red PRV (35psi) [2 x Male Cap Threads] [Up to 4 drill ports for accessories] 1 x Top Lid Screw Cap 1 x 1000mL Collection Container & Lid* [2 x Male Cap Threads] 1 x KegLand Adjustable Easy Opening Tool
1 x Premium 3 Piece Airlock
1 x Approximate Graduations Sticker
1 x Strip Stick On Thermometer
1 x Grommet Bottle Cap (Airlock Port)
1 x Bag Spare Seals

Available options include:
Spunding Valve Kit
Extra Collection Jar

IMPORTANT NOTICE: When using this vessel under pressure. You must perform a water pressure check to ensure your connections are leak proof. To do this. Fill your FermZilla up with water, then apply a minimum of 15psi pressure to the vessel. Occasionally these units may come with some small indentations/dimples/dents from shipping, this is just a reality of shipping large blow-moulded thin-walled vessels. But dont panic, these fermenters are designed to endure minor deformations such as this. All small dents will push out and settle with use and positive pressure and are only an issue and warrant replacement in the rare event they start to show white stress patterns.

Maximum temperature is 130 degrees F., if you pour boiling or near boiling wort into this unit, you will ruin it, and heat damage is not covered by warranty.


 

  • William’s Brewing has this on sale for $139.99.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.
  • Convert it to a Keg!  The Fermzilla Molded Pressure Kit Add On, available on the product page, effectively converts this to a ball lock keg.

FermZilla 55 Liter Conical Fermenter

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62 Quart [15.5 Gallon] Stainless Steel Kettle and Basket

Bayou Classic 62-qt Stainless Stockpot with Basket

62 Quart, 15.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle, Lid and Basket by Bayou Classic

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  • Steam – Boil – Fry
  • ID = 15.625-in D x 18.75-in H
  • Basket sets 3.25-in above bottom for steaming
  • Domed, Vented Lidx 18.75-in H
  • Perforated stainless steel basket – 14 D x 14.625 H

 

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Large 62 quart stainless steel brew kettle. The basket should come in handy if you planning to brew BIAB.  You can use the stainless basket to help you lift out the bag.  Related: BIAB Resources

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10 and 15 Gallon Torpedo Ball Lock Kegs on Sale for Black Friday + Hands on Review

 New 10 & 15 Gal. Torpedo Kegs!

Thoughts from HBF: Larger 10 and 15 gallon kegs are tough to find and even more difficult to find at a reasonable price.  The current prices, $219 for a 15 gallon keg and $199 for a 10 gallon keg are.. bargains, especially considering that they ship for free to many US addresses.  Beyond kegging larger homebrew batches these can be used as fermenters.

Hands on Review!  Check out my in depth Hands on Review of the 10 gallon version of this keg.

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25 Gallon Stainless Brewmaster Brewing Kettle – $159.99, Save $40 + Free Shipping

25 Gallon Brewmaster Stainless Steel Brew Kettle BE30625 Gallon BrewMaster’s Kettle via MoreBeer.

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If you’re searching for a fully featured brew kettle but don’t want to break the bank, the Brewmaster 25 Gallon Stainless Brew Kettle will certainly do the trick. Made of 100 percent stainless steel and available for a truly amazing price, this reliable brew kettle is perfect for first-time brewers and experienced home brewers alike. Two ½-inch couplers are welded to the side of the kettle, and the bottom coupler can even be threaded on the inside of the kettle to use with a diverter or a kettle tube screen.  These kettles are upgraded with Silicone Grip Handles and Stamped volume markers on the inside, making brew day that much easier.

Includes a ball valve and a threaded adpator to 3/8″ barb for easily attaching transfer tubing. Also included is a thread 1/2″ plug for the thermometer port. Thermometer is not included and can be added at any time.

Features:

  • 25 Gallon Stainless Steel Brewmaster Brewing Kettle
  • Two Welded 1/2″ Full Couplers allow for internal and external attachments
  • Stainless 1/2″ Full Port Ball Valve & nipple included for bottom Coupler
  • Stainless 1/2″ Plug included for top coupler
  • Stamped Volume Markers
  • Silicone Handle Grips
  • Internal Threading allows for conversion to Mash Tun or addition of whole hop filters
  • Internal Dimensions: 23.5″ Tall x 17.75″ Ø
  • 1.2 mm thick walls

 

Stainless Steel BrewMaster Brewing Kettle – 25 gal BE306

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