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Strange Brew Fast Ferment Plastic Wall Mount Conical Fermenter(Stand Not Included), 7.9 gallon
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|UPC||700697200034 , 640793862593 , 759284133606|
|EAN||0759284133606 , 0640793862593 , 0700697200034|
|Is Assembly Required?||false|
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The fast ferment is the only conical fermenter with a collection capsule at the base. With the collection capsule, you will be able to take sediment or trub from the bottom -- no more racking. If you're making wine, you can either bottle or filter directly from the unit. If you're making beer, you can prime the beer through the opening on the top, open the valve and bottle. Or just open the valve and run the line into your keg. Capacity is 7.9 gallons. Please note that this Fast Ferment is a wall-mounted unit and needs to be installed on a concrete wall or anchored into wooden (not metal) studs. Wall mount is included. Does not include floor stand.
Top customer reviews
I have always used carboys and big mouth bubblers for fermenting, I have used glass and plastic and had the same results. The only thing I hadn't used was a conical shaped vessel, so I was a little hesitant on trying it out in fear I wouldn't like it. I watched every video on YouTube, and read every article and forum post I could find where people were reviewing them. Honestly, I found a lot of different levels of love or hate towards it, but the positive reviews far outweighed the negatives. So I ordered one.
When I got it in, I immediately wanted to hang it on the wall and just look at how pretty it looked, and feel proud of myself for making the next step in my homebrewing career. While putting all the pieces together I realized something wasn't quite right. On the side with the gallon markings, there was a threaded spot, which I assumed was for the thermowell, and on the other side (exactly in the same spot but on the opposite side) there was a 1/2" hole, with no threads. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what it was for, so I emailed FastFerment to find out if it was a bad vessel. I heard back from them the same day, and they told me that it was definitely a bad product. They overnighted me a new conical to take care of the one I had gotten, and they got it to me fast enough so I could use it the coming weekend for my first batch that I had planned for it. I was extremely pleased with their level of professionalism and response time.
As for putting it together, it is extremely easy, although the instructions could be improved upon. BUT, even just looking at the picture on the box, it's easy to tell what goes where. They have included a roll of teflon tape/plumbers tape, and you have to use it. I recommend making 6 or 7 passes around each male thread that they indicate in the instructions. I haven't had any issues with leaks while doing it this way. Mounting the brackets to the wall was extremely easy as well. I ended up marking the distance between them at 15 3/4" which lined up perfectly with the center of each brackets sets of holes.
Like I said, I have had 3 batches through my conical, and they have turned out great! In my other fermenters, I would always use a primary and a secondary container, but with this unit I no longer have to do that. When primary fermentation is complete, you close the valve, remove the ball, either harvest the yeast, or dump the yeast, sanitize the ball and put it back on and open the valve. It couldn't be easier.
The only 2 things I have had a little trouble with is unscrewing the top cap and the bottom ball. The top cap is a little large to get a good grip of, and that is coming from a guy with pretty large hands. And the bottom ball is a little hard just because if it gets any liquid around the threads it gets rather sticky. I took a pair of channel locks, put a towel over the teeth and used that to get some extra leverage to unscrew it. But these are very minimal inconveniences.
Overall I am in love with my conical, that I have two of them mounted with room to hang a third in the coming months.
(Please excuse the dirty vessel, I had just put that batch into a keg and hadn't cleaned it yet)
It does not come with a stand or a handle and realistically, the only way this would be a good experience stock would be if your faucet was near where you wall mounted. If not:
-This is extremely awkward to carry around. I'm not sure how much the strap will help but hauling it around with 6 gallons in it and trying not to spill is like carrying three bowling balls that are sloshing.
-Without a stand, I feel like I'm going to break it filling it.
The first "racking" which is just removing the catch and replacing it cleaned out is easy, but an empty catch is going to suck in air when you turn the valve, so remove the airlock first to avoid pulling airlock water into your wine. By the second round, there is wine to be salvaged, so this creates another opportunity for spoilage bacteria to enter if you pour this wine back in. Or if you decide to add oak chips, etc.
Most recent customer reviews
Looks nicer on the wall and was mounted so it'd be directly under my keg for filling. Ideal!