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The Fermenator Stainless Steel Conical Fermentor- 14.5 Gallon

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The Fermenator Stainless Steel Conical Fermentor- 14.5 Gallon

SKU: CF02

$511.99
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The Fermenator is a beautifully designed product for the discriminating brewer. Its features provide commercial brewery functionality at a consumer friendly price. Its easy to use and loaded with standard features. The standard 7 gal., 14.5 gal., and 27 gal. sizes are perfect for 5, 10 and 20 gal. batches. Others sizes and custom features by request. Fermenator will ship directly from the manufacturer. Please allow a few extra days for delivery.



Stainless steel (Grade 304) is extremely durable and the easiest material to sanitize. It is impervious to heat, won't shatter like glass, and won't scratch, discolor and harbor bacteria like plastic.

The conical "uni-tank" offers many advantages to carboys:
Dumping cold break & trub takes a couple minutes

  • Collecting wort samples is quick and completely sanitary
  • Can easily harvest yeast
  • Pressurizeable for CO2 pumping
  • Impervious to UV light that causes "skunking" in beer.
  • Large open top makes scouring and sanitizing the interior a snap
  • The rotating racking arm allows siphoning completely sediment free beer

    Weld-free Interior: The Fermenator is the only weld-free interior fermenter on the market!! No stress about bacteria hiding in weld cracks or porosity found in all welds, even so-called sanitary welds. The surfaces of the Fermenator where the fittings penetrate are smooth (no weld "ripples") so it is a snap to clean and sanitize. Although the weld-free fittings are more expensive than welded fittings, we think it's well worth it for peace of mind and clean, bacteria-free beer.

    Guaranteed 100% Leak Free!!! Stainless o-ring retainers hold o-rings firmly in place, eliminating any chance of rolling or leaking. The sealing design is identical to hydraulic systems under thousands of PSI.

    Easy to clean weld-free fittings: All fittings used for the bottom dump and rotating racking arm are stainless steel high quality industrial fittings, not make shift hardware store parts and pipe fittings. And unlike welded fittings, ours can be removed for easy sanitizing. And our competitor's welded-in fittings can't be replaced if they get accidentally damaged or wear out! Last, but not least, the weld-free fittings allow you to orient the dump valve in any position you want, not where it happens to end up when tightening a welded fitting....such as facing the rear of the refrigerator!

    Rotating Racking Arm: Thats right! The rotating racking arm is standard equipment!! Just like the Craft Brewers' huge conical fermenters. This feature allows you to start your siphon with the racking arm horizontal, and rotate it slowly downward until you just start picking up yeast sediment. Clearly the best and only way to siphon clear beer! And using the racking arm prevents wasting any beer or carrying sediment into your kegs which happens if you use the bottom dump to rack the beer. This exclusive design utilizes stainless flare fittings which cant hide bacteria like compression fittings can.

    Lid hatch: Easy sanitary access to your fermenting beer. Minimizes exposure of the fermentables to oxidation and bacterial contamination when dry-hopping or adding finings as opposed to removing the lid entirely. This generous size opening also makes it much easier to pitch yeast than pouring through the small stopper hole.

    Bolted leg system: Higher strength and spotless interior. New channel shaped legs offer improved strength and appearance. An exclusive welding process is utilized to install fasteners on the tank wall leaving the interior of the tank absolutely flawless and superior to TIG welded designs where weld distortion (rippling) is unavoidable. And the legs can be replaced in minutes if they are accidentally damaged!

    New!! Pressure Capable Stainless Lid: Just like the big breweries, use CO2 pressure to pump your finished beer up to 6 feet above your fermenter to your kegs. Eliminates the need for elevating the fermentor above the kegs or bottling bucket. Ideal for chest freezers. Not intended for carbonation.

    Wine-makers! Forms a 100% pressure and vacuum tight seal so no need for a floating lid! The sealing system is far superior to wine tanks and is completely impervious to oxygen. Most stainless wine fermenting tanks have a loose fitting lid for primary fermentation (to vent gas) and a floating lid for secondary fermentation (to prevent oxygen infiltration). This floating lid has an inflatable seal "tire" with a bicycle pump and must be checked periodically to be sure it hasn't deflated. It is also a source for bacterial contamination from the fermentation material on the walls of the fermentor. The blanket of CO2 on the surface of the wine from fermentation will protect the wine from oxidation. After complete fermentation has been verified remove the airlock and stopper and replace with a stopper with no hole.
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    4.7 / 5.0
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    Simplifies management of fermentation
    This fermenter is pretty much top-of-the-line for homebrewing. It's super easy to clean, since you can get your arms down in there, unlike a carboy. No more racking off yeast into another vessel that needs to be sanitized. Yeast dumping is quick and easy, and taking SG samples is a breeze. Have a spray bottle of StarSan on hand to rinse out the valves._x000D__x000D_The NPT fittings are not ideal, but work fine, and are really not that difficult to clean. Tri Clovers are nice, but they sure are spendy._x000D__x000D_Every aspect of this product speaks of old fashioned made-in-USA quality. Super sturdy and will truly last a lifetime.
    January 18, 2011
    Decent equipment
    This is a great fermenator. I was doing the 2 stage between a bucket and a glass carboy. I found that this was a great time saver! It is nice to be able to ferment, drain out the sludge, continue to ferment without moving the beer. When it is time to keg, I went straight from the fermenator to the keg to the fridge. It was great! I bough the legs stands to make it easier to do this. I usually brew 5 gallon batches and with this, I can do 5 now with no problem and get to 10 if I ever want to. Highly recommend it!_x000D_
    May 20, 2011
    This is the best for homebrew
    I used the buckets for a couple of years. This fermentor is the only way to homebrew. Is easy to clean, sterilze, and it's well built. If you are serious about getting into homebrew, go with this right away. I now do double batches and straight to the kegs. Get the leg extentions, they are worth it, even if you don't keg. Don't fool around with priming sugar, chill the keg to 40 deg. or under and pressurize to 30# for 3 days. Release pressure down to 2# and enjoy your homebrew. I have 5 cornelious kegs in stock, two are in the fridge on tap at all times. The Man Cave is the place to be.
    March 11, 2013
    Top of the line for homebrewing
    The fermentor is the best on the market. If you're serious about home brewing, get the 14.5 gal unit. Easy to clean, sanitize, brew, bottle, keg, etc. I brew 10 gallons at a time and keg my beer.
    March 25, 2013
    I'm in heaven
    This sure beats using 2 buckets or 2 car boys. I can harvest yeast, I can remove the trub after a couple of weeks and let the yeast finish up without the risk of autolysis. I can keg directly from it. It's well made and a great time saver. Other than the price I have no complaints. The leg extensions and castors are also a big convenience.
    March 26, 2013
    Perfect Fermentor
    I am very satisfied with my Ferminator. I can handle 10 gallon brews (actually 11 gallons to account for the Trub), its easy to take readings, I don't have to transfer I just drain the trub, I can harvest yeast if I want to, and its easy to keg directly. It's convenient and a time saver.
    April 9, 2013
    As good as it gets
    This is about as good as it gets for the homebrewer or even a small production line. You will never have to replace this in your lifetime. You pretty much get what you pay for with this.
    April 22, 2013
    Removes complications
    I'll never have to replace this or upgrade it, it does all i need it to do. Everything is self contained and convenient. I can move it around on its base, harvest yeast, take sample, and rack with ease. It's a lot nice than what I was doing before, using two or three carboys, splitting yeast evenly, lugging them around, doing everything two or three times. If you make 10 gallon batches it will save you 3-4 hours per batch. That one work week of your time per year. If you use it for 10 yeas thats like a getting an extra week of vacation for $65.
    July 20, 2013
    Makes life easy
    This has so many advantages over buckets and carboys._x000D__x000D_1. it holds a 10 gallon batch and yeast starter, rather than having to split a batch into two containers and splitting the yeast starter (unevenly) into the two containers_x000D__x000D_2. No need to rack to the secondary. Just open up the valve at the bottom and remove the yeast - voila - no more autolyzed yeast flavors._x000D__x000D_3. Easy to harvest yest for future use_x000D__x000D_4. No welded joints - thus no where for bacteria or deposits to hide_x000D__x000D_5. Stainless steel wont get scratched up like plastic, and is easier to clean inside than a carboy._x000D__x000D_6. The rotating racking arm makes racking easier and less yeast is brought along.
    August 20, 2013
    Ahh. The Pinnacle of Homebrewing.....
    I have 40 gallons of glass fermentors, from years of wine and beer making. If you have ever dropped one, they don't crack...the shatter in a ring of thin splinters, and require much care when handling. As, I am getting older. The glass is getting really hard to clean and handle. Soapy glass is asking for a trip to the Hospital._x000D_Also, I had a strange experience once... I had a glass wine vessel spontaneously shatter spilling 100$ of wine everywhere, The only thought was we had a very unusual storm with 100mph winds? Barometric pressure? I don't know. Anyway, a good friend has one of these and let me 'play' with it. This is a serious tank of a fermentor and should last a lifetime or longer. I don't see how it could break and it is now a must have item for me.
    September 18, 2013
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    What type of CO2 connection is used to transfer to kegs?
    M I on Jul 16, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: There is a 90-degree barbed elbow of 3/8" diameter that is used for this purpose; it would be hooked up to a CO2 source and used to gently push the beer out from the Fermenator, at a maximum of 3 PSI. You'd just hook up a 3/8" ID hose from your CO2 to do this. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies
    What are the step to sanitize the fermenter?
    A P on Dec 8, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: With a vessel like this, you'd scrub it out with PBW or a similar cleanser, and then sanitize with Star San or other suitable brewing sanitizer, much like with bucket or carboy fermenters. A product like "Bar Keeper's Friend" would be good for maintaining the stainless steel.

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