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.
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.