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 Post subject: FastFerment Fermentor
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:02 am 
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Has anyone used the FastFerment Fermentor or know anything about them?

Saw one the other day and it looks pretty slick.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:49 pm 
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I spoke with someone at a recent meeting about them, but I don't remember who. They do seem really slick. They're making me consider changing my ferment chamber plans...
The idea of an affordable conical is always appealing.


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I like the idea, but I have a couple of problems with them that have prevented me from looking at them more seriously.

1. They are plastic and somewhat expensive. The price when compared to a SS conical makes them very attractive. But when compared to a plastic bucket, not so much. If I ruin a bucket I'm only out $15-20, not $100. That said, I finally damaged my first bucket after brewing for a number of years, and that was because of a mistake on my part when nesting two buckets together, something that could not happen with a FastFerment.

2. A larger concern is trying to figure out a way to control temps. Wall mounted gives you the best access to the valve, but I have no way to "wrap" the conical to do heat/cool. On the stand that they sell it may be possible, but I would probably need to either get a fridge or build something else to replace the chest freezer I am currently using. Not to mention that when on the stand it looks like getting to the valve may be difficult.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:39 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:40 pm 
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I have this 15.9 gallon. Price is great. Reviews are all great


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:01 pm 
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I also have a 7.9 Spiedel. Works but has it's own issues. Not as convenient as they make it out to be.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:51 pm 
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In a perfect world I would have 2 16 gallon ss conical. I'm done with better bottle, not as much a fan of buckets, glass is fine. . But having a 16 gallon container like spiedel is worth it. I wouldn't long term storage. . But i like it


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ssbrewtech.com has an interesting idea with their brew bucket. A 7 gallon stainless "bucket" with a conical bottom but no dump valve, but there is a valve just above the trub line (like the Spiedel).

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Hmm. Interesting. I needed a 15 gallon one vessel. I'm tired of splitting yeast, ect. And it gives me a lot of head space.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:22 am 
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That SS Brewtech stainless brew bucket seems pretty cool. I have some Christmas money to spend and may just have to get one and try it out.

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