DetailsAs if that time-and-space-saving solution weren’t enough, here are the three things that put The Catalyst over the top as absolutely best-in-class:
The Materials:The Catalyst’s tank is made from Tritan™, a food-safe, BPA-free polymer. This revolutionary material retains the same clarity and smoothness of glass, but is resistant to shattering. It is more durable and outlasts the other types plastic typically used in homebrewing. You can even put it and the removable silicone gasket in your dishwasher for easy cleanup. Properly cared for, the tank will last for years to come.
The Design: The Catalyst is engineered to optimize ever cubic inch of space, resulting in an incredibly sturdy stand with I-beam and honeycomb construction, squat 6.5 Gallon tank and 3” Trub Trap™ Butterfly Valve – the largest in the industry. The result is an efficient, practically indestructible system that fits easily under a table or on a countertop.
The Details: No specialized equipment required. The Trub Trap™ on The Catalyst is designed to work with any large-mouthed mason jar, which makes catching and storing viable yeasts or separating sediment super simple.
With The Catalyst Fermentation System, it’s easier than ever to make great beer at home…and look good, AND save time, AND…what are you waiting for? Shake off the Transfer Shuffle and learn some better brewing moves today.
The Catalyst Fermenter Includes:
- 6.5 Gallon Tank with Lid
- Stand (Base, 2 Legs, 2 Support Beams, 8 Screws)
- 3” Proprietary Butterfly Valve
- Bottling Attachment
- Transfer Tubing
- Tubing Clamp
- Rubber Stopper
- 16 Oz. Wide Mouth Mason Jar
- Allen Wrench
- The Stand: Height: 14.75" Width: 17" Depth: 13.75"
- Unit Size: Total Height (does not include airlock): 26.25" Total Width: 17"
- Details & Instructions
3.7 / 5.06 ReviewsNeeds more work.I really wanted to like this fermenter. The main reason I bought this was to avoid transfer to a secondary. the trub that collects is, as we all know, quite dense and thick. When I open the valve, I can get only about 50% of the trub and that's with sucking off a good amount of beer, too. Then, when you want to rack to your keg, the tubing attaches to the bottom of the fermenter so you end up drawing the beer through the remaining trub and yeast.
The workaround would be to immediately open the valve fully when you fill the fermenter with wort thereby allowing the Mason jar to collect the trub. Then you close the valve after fermentation is done and remove.
The other is to drill a spigot a few inches above the rain port to allow you to rack off the trub and not through it.
But I should have to have "work-arounds". It seems this wasn't thought out enough or put out with little internal testing/actual brewing with it.December 12, 2016Purchased
2 months agoThe silicon gasket comes loose every time the lid is removed and is difficult to put back on.February 2, 2017Purchased
1 month agoAwesome fermenter, PITA gaskets.Love this fermenter, and it makes bottling/kegging day a breeze. Like others have said, the lid gasket is a real pain to deal with, as are the gaskets in the butterfly valve assembly (don't screw the valve, or the jar on too tight). Another review mentioned how difficult it is to collect trub and said a workaround would be 'to immediately open the valve fully when you fill the fermenter with wort thereby allowing the Mason jar to collect the trub. Then you close the valve after fermentation is done and remove.' THIS is how they designed the fermenter to work (email them and ask). Transfer the wort, aerate, pitch yeast, attach mason jar, open the butterfly valve, and ferment. You may have to empty the mason jar twice if you are using a lot of hops (or a high gravity ale), once after fermentation ends and the trub packs down, and again after cold crashing, but I've never had an issue with trub getting into my bottles or kegs afterwards.February 10, 2017Very good fermenter ...This fermenter is great.
Remove yeast and trab for secondary fermentation with the turn of a valve.
When adding priming sugars I first lay down a balnket of C02
then slowly stir in the sugars.
Bottling is a snap with the included adapter.November 25, 2016Purchased
3 months agoGood but coule easily be great!This is a good entry level conical fermenter, the only 2 suggestions I have... Make the tank itself out of amber or brown plastic instead of clear... Provide the option of having a thermometer (other than stick on). The only small issue I had with this during my first batch is that the valve leaked while I was aggetating prior to pitching... That's a minor issue since it didn't persist and I have already picked up an airstone to avoid throwing my back out on a 5 gallon batch. I will get a little wet while sanitizing but I can do that outside to be safe.February 13, 2017Purchased
1 month agoSuggestion to needs more work or other purchasers....I haven't used this conical, and am considering purchasing it. I have one that is home made, and very large and it is just too much trouble to clean. My conical has the same issue with the trub 'compacting' in the funnel at the bottom. My solution is frequent small cleanings. I will quickly FULLY open and close the drain periodically to purge the trub.
I only lose a little of my wort, but it keeps the valve clear. Just a suggestion. I haven't tried this one, but will likely be purchasing it very soon!February 10, 2017
- Customer Q&A
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 4 answersWhen going to bottle from the catalyst does there seem to be problems with getting the priming solution to mix evenly? Best way to go about adding the priming solution without additional oxidation?BEST ANSWER: Great question! You could make add the priming solution as normal and add it directly to the beer in the Catalyst Fermenter. It should be very lightly stirred with a sanitized to provide proper mixture.
Another option would be to use our Fermenter's Favorites Fizz Drops (SKU: 40928).
Cheers, Todd JWatching the video, each time the valve is opened a plume of air bubbles up through the fermenter contents. Wouldn't this introduce oxygen to and risk oxidizing the finished or nearly finished beer after all the care we've taken to protect our beer from O2?Is this able to do wine as well?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you could use for wineIt says you could use it for wine- but has anyone actually tried it with wine? If so, how did it turn out?BEST ANSWER: This is a really nice fermenter for beer or wine. Very well made and easy to clean.
The valve and collection jar saves you some time and work while protecting the ferment from oxygen.