Eliminate 80% of sanitizing and cleaning with this all-in-one fermentor. Conduct all stages of fermentation in this single vessel. Remove the trub from the bottom of the fermentor instead of transferring all your liquid to secondary. No siphons, no secondary fermentor to sanitize, no extra bungs and airlocks.
FastFerment produces dramatically clearer, better results. Start each batch cleaner by letting debris settle out into the collection ball before pitching your yeast! Remove the debris, and pitch into ultra-clear beer. Plus, FastFerment minimizes the risk of oxidation and contamination, preventing off-flavors and infection. Keep your batch safe from external spoiling factors by keeping it in one place.
- Easy Cleaning and Batch Stirring - 6" (15cm) removable screw top
- Total Capacity 7.9 US Gallons/ 30 Litres - Made for 5 Gallon batches with blow offs
- Easy Wall Mounting System - Mounts to standard 16" (40cm) wall studs
- 33% Bigger Valve for Increased Flow Rate - 1" (2.5cm) Bottom valve compared vs. 3/4" (2cm)
- Collection Ball for Yeast Harvesting - Save $100's & harvest your Yeast Strains!
- Temperature Monitoring Capabilities - Stainless Steel ThermoWell included - Thermometer Available.
Catalog SKU 41310
- Details & Instructions
4.1 / 5.072 ReviewsGood so far.I bought one of these when I first started brewing about a year and a half ago. I built my own stand for it because the one they sell looks cheap. I've never had any problems with leaks like the other reviews, I don't see how it can leak if you use the right amount of silicone tape and screw it together right. After 8 uses I did have the cone get clogged and the trub wouldn't drop into the ball once. Partly my fault because I let it set a day or so longer. The valve is very generic and seems flimsy. It's pretty cheap so I think I'll buy a new one every 6 months or so. I like not having to transfer to another container for bottling. It's also easy to clean. Works for me.November 28, 2018Keeps it simpleI'm new to brewing and I love this fermenter. I'm a mechanic and follow the KISS rule, so does the fastferment. Follow the setup instructions and it's foolproof, easy to use and clean, and actually looks very cool. I will probably get a second one to allow a steady flow of different brews for my family and friends.February 4, 2018Purchased
1 year agoFast FermentI have had 2 of these now about 3 years. They make good beer, but i think they are more work than they propose to save. Much more difficult to clean and have had one of the valves break and have to replace. The Screw on parts do not always match up and are difficult to get a proper fit. the temperature well is a real pain as that is where bacteria can hide and have ruined much beer because of it. plan to go back to my 8 gallon buckets. They look great hanging on the wall.Added Jan 22, 2018January 22, 2018Purchased
over 3 years agoUsed once, good so far. Numbers connections make me nervous about leaks though. We'll see how it holds upAdded Nov 14, 2017November 15, 2017Purchased
1 year agoNot so sue that it's a time-saverI thought the FastFerment looked like a great solution, But after couple of good batches, I had two that I poured down the drain because they were sour — contaminated. I consulted with Midwest's helpers and found out how to disassemble the valve. That made it work again, but taking the valve apart, picking out a half-dozen o-rings and cleaning every little crevice is time-consuming. I think fermenting buckets and plastic bubblers are a lot easier to clean and i haven't had contamination problems with them.June 15, 2017Purchased
over 3 years agoUse a carboy.It leaks, the lid gasket doesnt seal well, oxigenates your beer when you open the valve, the threaded 1/2inch fitting breaks easily.June 8, 2017Purchased
over 3 years agoResponse from Midwest SuppliesThanks for taking some time to write up this review. We want to take care of this, or any other issue you ever have with products purchased from us. You can expect a contact from our customer service team soon.June 9, 2017Todd J StaffExcellent optionThis conical fermenter saves time and effort, as well as money, when you brew a batch. No secondary fermentation means no exposure to bacteria in transfer from primary. The ease in disposing of trub is wonderful and all you really have to worry about is fermentation temp.May 18, 2017Purchased
1 year agoconical fermentor,I love this thing, I reuse the yeast that is captured in the bottom container for my next project.
the only thing that I don't like is if you don't dissemble the ball valve the trapped product can spoil your next batch.April 23, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoa very good, but not great conicalI use my FastFerment for many of my brews and for the most part it is just fine. Had a small problem with the screw on lid leaking CO2 during fermentation, but found that wrapping the threads in a lot of teflon tape, i was able to keep it a closed unit. The stand is a pretty necessary option as hanging it on a wall does not afford you any flexibility. Cleaning it is mostly fine, but the valve requires some effort. All in all, i recommend especially for the price.February 21, 2017Purchased
over 3 years agoOver a Year Review of FastFermentWhile I want to go over everything possible, I also want you to not be discouraged from reading a lengthy review. Rest assured I will try to give as much helpful information to give you to help you in deciding whether you buy your first FastFerment. Let’s get started at the beginning.
My first FastFerment was purchased in December 2015. Since then I have added a FastFerment for each month of the year (You could say I’m a fan).
I’ve used them non-stop primarily for mead and cider, but I have done 1 beer and have another planned. I would also like to do a wine. They are never empty for more than a month.
It’s been an adventure, and there were definitely bumps and snags, but overall the road has been in the right direction and I would gladly take the same road. Let’s go over a PRO/CON list.
No siphon racking
Reduced exposure to contamination
Saves amazing amounts of time versus
Wall mount utilizes space well
Less overall storage space (instead of 1 bucket/1 carboy)
No lugging around and cleaning carboys
Benefit of a conical, but much cheaper than a stainless conical
Lightweight and easy to clean
Lid seal gasket has been through revisions to improve seal. It’s much better now, but improvements could still be made
When first starting, the connections with teak tape can be irksome
Tips and Last thoughts:
Inspect all threads/seams after purchase (carefully cut extra plastic left from molding process). Some parts of plastic can be sharp (especially interior rim), be careful! Hands-down this has and continues to be my best investment for my adventures in fermentation. I wish you your own great and delicious adventures!February 19, 2017Purchased
over 2 years ago
- Customer Q&A
Browse 11 questions Browse 11 questions and 56 answersDoes this come with the yeast collection ball?BEST ANSWER: Whoops, sorry, yes it does have a collection ball included. They also sell additional collection balls in the accessory section. Cheers!How do you take samples for checking SG? Unscrew the top?BEST ANSWER: If you get their sampling port, that's the easiest way. If you don't have that, the easiest way I get SG is when I "rack". Meaning, when I remove the collection ball to toss/save the yeast I'll take my SG from the top of the collection ball first.Is the stand included?BEST ANSWER: No, the stand is an extra and it is a little short , but if you don't have a way to hang it the stand is necessarydo you need the thermometer or the yeast collector to use this? Thinking of getting this for my husband.BEST ANSWER: Thermometer, no. You do need the bottom collector which is included.Can the Fast Fermenter be steam cleaned?BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend steam cleaning. Polypropylene can handle temps up to approx 150f. Over that and I would expect it to become deformed. Cleaning is easy with a food grad long handle brush and warm soapy water. It can handle chlorine as is needed for staining. Clean with soap and brush, rinse and fill with potable water, add 1.5 oz of bleach and let sit for at least 15 min. Rinse to drain with potable water prior to filling with wort.The trub just sticks on the side and does not flow down into the collector negating the advertised advantage of this fermentor. Has anyone else with this issue and found a way to get it to work?BEST ANSWER: Depending on the yeast, I've had some trub that hangs to the side angles. I have mine mounted on the wall, so I just move it back and forth which helps move things along. Another tactic I've began employing is using a stir plate pill and using a magnet to move it around the sides while maintaining my original seal with the container. Presto!I still bottle my beer because reasons. What are the logistics of adding the bottling sugar if you're going to bottle straight from the FastFerment? Does the sugar solution get poured directly into the top of the FastFerment, or will I have to use those sugar pills I've seen, one per bottle?BEST ANSWER: I keg all my beer now, but when I first started homebrewing I did bottle my beer. Normally I would put the priming sugar in the fermenter right before bottling (if the beer was clear) or I would use the sugar pills if the beer had a bunch of yeast or hops floating around it in. With sugar pills I would use one per 12 oz bottle or 2 per 22 oz bottle. With the FastFerment you are able to collect most of the yeast or hops out the beer from the catcher at the bottom before bottling, so I don't see a problem with putting the priming sugar in the top and mixing it in right before bottling. I hope this helps!when the ball is replaced and the valve is turned on, liquid fills the ball again. Wouldn't the air that is displaced bubble up through your wort, potentially oxidizing it?BEST ANSWER: The tiny amount of oxygen leaves the liquid right away and oxidation is a long and slow process so we have seen no effect of oxygen on the beer. You could fill the ball with water/clarifying agent liquid to avoid that.If I was to filter my mead from this just before bottling would you recommend a way to do it?BEST ANSWER: I have made multiple batches of beer in mine but not mead. after fermentation was complete. I always opened the ball valve and left it open for a couple hours before closing the valve and tossing the sludge that got captured in the bottom reservoir that screws to the bottom of the valve. You might have to do that twice to get all the sediment out. If you have not yet purchased this product, I would not recommend it. When opening the ball valve to let the sludge out that sits on the bottom. The valve gets clogged with the yeast and sludge. You have to end up taking a long coat hanger or stick to free up the valve. Also the yeast sludge sticks to the sides of the walls while trying to get rid of your yeast. If you have not yet purchased this product I would reccommend looking at the conical fermenter that they sell that has a much wider ball valve, which a mason jar attaches to the bottom of the ball valve. I believe that fermenter would work alot better in preventing the valve from getting clogged. I hope this post helps you out.I can't get a seal between the fermentor and the ball which leaks constantly. Does anyone have a solution to this problem?BEST ANSWER: I am assuming the leak is at the grey coupling. Don't over tighten the ball when you screw it on, once it makes contact I go an 1/8 to a 1/4 turn more and never had a drip. Finger tight, not hand tight.Brewing an Citral IPA, the amount of hops that settled out clogged the valve to the collection ball. I tried to shake it loose and even used a sanitized spoon but had to end up racking to a carboy. What do you suggest I do to avoid this in the future?BEST ANSWER: I would suggest using a hop straining bag for dry-hop additions. Just dip the bag in sanitizer first and you can use unscented, unwaxed dental floss to tie around the bag for easy removal. Let us know if you have any other questions!