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Fermenators 27 gallon, 14.5 gallon, and 7 gallon.

Fermenator Features

100% Stainless Steel   No need to pay extra to upgrade your Fermenator to all stainless. Everything that touches your beer is heavy gauge stainless steel.  No need to worry about what options to buy…it’s all standard equipment!!

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 by sanitizer, boiling,  autoclaving...whatever.  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   That’s 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 can’t hide bacteria like compression fittings can. 

Patent pending 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.
 

Patent Pending 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 6ft 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

 (Patent Pending)

Improved lid seal - excellent sealing and long life. Patent pending.  Exclusive bead molded into the seal profile offers improved sealing on the tank lip further protecting your fermentables from contamination. Top quality silicone material has improved bond strength and temperature capability for long life.  And the softer material conforms better to the irregular tank surface for outstanding sealing capability. Far superior to all competitive seals!
 

New!!  Folding Handles - fold neatly away when not in use and stay connected to the unit at all times!

The 24 gal. unit cannot be moved when full due to the sheer weight of the unit.  When empty, all units are light enough to easily be carried handle.

Ultra Low Profile Design   The Fermenator can easily be placed in a full size refrigerator or freezer for maintaining fermentation temperatures at a fraction of the cost of immersion coolers which can run well over $600. And no worry about sanitation! 

Why Is Weld Free Important?

Our competitors talk about the quality of their sanitary welds and the skill of their welders.  But a sanitary weld is nothing more than a weld that is done in an oxygen-free environment on both sides of the weld using an inert gas.  Since there is little oxygen in the area of the weld, burning and porosity are greatly reduced, but not completely eliminated.  These welds are usually done from the outside of the tank while the inside of the tank (which is the critical area) is not visible to the welder while welding!  Others do weld from the inside, but the small confined area makes this weld very difficult and requires "elaborate" procedures to produce a reasonable quality weld. 

In the real world, there is no such thing as a microscopically flaw free weld as any welding Engineer can attest to.  Depending on the skill of the welder, and the day he or she is having, the remaining flaws (quench cracks, porosity and cold laps) will vary and are usually not visible to the naked eye.  Many elaborate methods are used to reduce these flaws, but unless they are microscopically inspected and repaired, there is no way to determine if the flaws in the weld are small enough (0.5 micron or less) to not present a sanitation or corrosion problem.

Clearly, the best design is one that is not susceptible to human or process error and doesn't require elaborate welding procedures to reduce quality problems.  Subsequently, that design will have little variation in quality.  Quite simply, that was the driving force in the design of the FermenatorTM and our quality is very high, very repeatable and absolutely free of any possible flaw.  Our weld free fittings are a snap to install and thoroughly clean which simply cannot be done with a welded fitting. 

Why do commercial breweries use welded tanks and fittings?  Due to the sheer size of commercial fermentors they are made by welding rolled sheets of steel together. The welds are subsequently ground and polished and then non-destructively tested for microscopic flaws.    And since commercial breweries often utilize hot steam for sanitization, it is less of a problem even if a flaw is present. 

Since homebrew sized fermentors are too small inside to grind, polish and weld from the inside, these flaws can't be removed -- or detected.  And improper grinding techniques can cause micro-cracking too!  Steam sanitizing is not a realistic option for homebrewers.  Fortunately, the homebrew tanks are small enough to be deep drawn from a single sheet of stainless steel and formed without any welding whatsoever.  So why take a flaw free tank and add welds to it? 

What happens in these flaws?

Obviously this is a good place for bacteria to hide since liquids carrying sanitizer have a hard time penetrating these small flaws, due mostly to the surface tension of the water.  And since oxygen can't readily travel to these flaws, the protective CrO2 layer that stainless steel naturally forms in the presence of air (oxygen) can't form on the walls of the flaw.  Eventually these flaws will grow through rusting of the base metal (iron).  In extreme cases, these flaws can propagate through the wall of the tank and leak!

Although the weld-free fittings are more expensive than welded fittings, we think it's well worth it for peace of mind, clean bacteria-free beer, and a fermenter that will last a lifetime.

High quality fittings All fittings used for the bottom dump and rotating racking arm are specially made stainless steel high quality industrial fittings, not make shift hardware store parts and pipe fittings sandwiched between o-rings like most "weld-free kits" available at homebrew supply stores.  Competitive designs utilize compression fittings which have inherent corrosion and bacteria problems.  The ferrule on a compression fitting locks in place on the racking tube and, as above, prevents a flow of oxygen to the surfaces under the fitting allowing pitting and corrosion to take place.  Threaded fittings that can't be disassembled exhibit similar phenomenon.  Others use short pipe nipples that can't be easily disassembled.  The FermenatorTM, on the other hand, uses a flare fitting and the sleeve moves freely on the tube eliminating this problem.  All threaded fittings have hex flats for easy disassembly and the o-ring design is identical to hydraulic systems capable of holding 4,000 PSI of pressure!.  Again, more expensive than welding, but well worth the added cost.

Easiest fermenter to clean   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 by sanitizer, boiling,  autoclaving...whatever. 

Since one side of the fitting on all competitive models is welded to the tank, it can't be removed, and flooding those surfaces with sanitizer is difficult at best.  Particularly threaded fittings.  That's why they recommend you Clean In Place (CIP) with expensive cleaners and time consuming soaks.  In less than a minute you can remove the bottom dump and racking arm assemblies in your FermenatorTM and have them ready for a good cleaning.   If you're a real sanitation obsessive, a few minutes more and you can completely disassemble them.  Much faster than readying all the CIP circulation equipment and much more thorough.  Rest assured that you've got every nook, every cranny, every time, in just a little time.  You choose the cleaning method that's right for you!

Replaceable fittings!  Our competitor's welded-in fittings can't be replaced if they get accidentally damaged or wear out!  Cutting and re-welding are the only way to repair a damaged or worn fitting on their tanks.

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!

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.  

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