FastFerment 7.9 Gallon Conical Fermenter

$99.99

SKU# 41310

FastFerment is your all-in-one fermentation solution.

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Eliminate 80% of sanitizing and cleaning with this affordable all-in-one conical fermentor. Conduct all stages of fermentation in this single vessel. Remove the trub from the bottom of the fermentor instead of transferring all your liquid to secondary. No siphons, no secondary fermenting vessel to sanitize, no extra bungs and airlocks.

FastFerment produces dramatically better results. Start each batch by letting debris settle out into the collection ball before pitching your yeast! Remove the debris, and pitch into ultra-clear wort. Plus, FastFerment minimizes the risk of oxidation and contamination by eliminating the need to transfer to a second vessel, preventing off-flavors and infection. Keep your batch safe from external spoiling factors by keeping it in one place.

Perfect for making beer, wine, or cider.

Features: Easy Cleaning and Batch Stirring with a 6" (15cm) removable screw top lid, Total Capacity 7.9 US Gallons/ 30 Litres - Made for 5 Gallon batches with blow offs, Easy Wall Mounting System - Mounts to standard 16" (40cm) wall studs, 33% Bigger Valve for Increased Flow Rate - 1" (2.5cm) Bottom valve compared vs. 3/4" (2cm), Collection Ball for Yeast Harvesting - Save $100's & harvest your Yeast Strains!, Temperature Monitoring Capabilities - ThermoWell included - Thermometer Available.

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FastFerment Conical Fermentor

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  • FastFerment Conical Fermentor
  • FastFerment Conical Fermentor Parts
  • FastFerment Conical Fermentor Yeast Collection Ball (Not Included)
  • FastFerment Lid and Airlock
  • FastFerment Valve
  • FastFerment Wall-Mount Brackets
  • FastFerment Stand (Not Included)

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more low maintenance, FastFerment has a wide mouth lid for effortless, hands-on cleaning. Plus, you can easily add or remove dry hops or flavor additions during secondary fermentation.

Better yet, with the included wall mounts, you can mount the FastFerment high enough to bottle or keg directly from the fermentor! When you’re ready to transfer, just put your bottle or keg under the FastFerment, turn on the valve and fill ‘er up!

It's not just for beer. FastFerment is also perfectly suited for homemade wine or cider!

Each FastFerment includes:

  • One 7.9 US Gallon / 30 Litre Conical Fermenter
  • 6" (15cm) Screw Top, Grommet & Airlock
  • Bottom Collection Ball For Harvesting Yeast
  • 1" (2.5cm) Union Teflon Valve and fittings
  • Wall Mounts (2), Mounting Bolts & Anchors (4)
  • 1/2" (2cm) PVC Hose (4'/120cm) & Hose Clamp
  • Permanent Thermowell for Temperature Monitoring. Compatible with our digital temperature controllers. 
  • Optional Thermometer available for direct monitoring of fermentation temperature.
  • Instructions
Dimensions:

Height (on wall mounts from bottom of collection ball):
    To top of Airlock: 35.5", 90cm
    To top of Lid: 32", 81cm 

Height (in the stand):
    To top of Airlock: 37", 94cm 
    To top of Lid: 33.5", 85cm 

Width:
    With Wall Mounting Bolts: 14.75", 37.5cm 
    Without Wall Mounting Bolts: 14.25", 36cm

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Reviews
3.9 / 5.0
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Great but a few of important things to remember
There are enough videos on youtube reviewing this so just reference those. Overall, great product but a couple of important things to consider that the reviews don't tell you. (1) Teflon tape is key, consider buying more for where the ball collect connects to the union valve as you might have to reapply overtime. The other areas where you apply teflon tape will only be a one-time job. (2) Make sure the lid is on right, sometimes if you're not careful when screwing the lid on the lid o-ring can fall into the fermenter. (3) Can't stress this enough - Make sure the bottom of the union valve is screwed on tight. You can actually tighten it by removing the red lever from it and screwing it tighter using the red lever as a tool. I never did that and it was leaking like crazy when I switched to secondary fermentation. Keep those in mind - otherwise awesome product. I will be buying more here soon.
June 5, 2015
Valve Cleaning
Pay special attention to cleaning the inside cavity around the ball in the valve. This area collects material and is difficult to remove. If you are still have odors after cleaning the fermenter, they are coming from the valve. Open the valve just enough to get a small opening ~10%, and immerse in your sanitizer, allowing all the air to come out, Close and shake. Repeat.Overall a great fermenter, and it IS faster. I have done 6 brews with it, and all have turned out well.
November 21, 2015
Making clear beer is easy with this conical fermenter.
The FastFerment is a great concept but suffers from quality control issues at the manufacturer… I have two of these units now and all of my issues have centered around the union valve. The first unit came with PVC fittings that were mismatched (the threading for the “bottling tube” attachment and the “collection ball” were not the same and not compatible with each other). After several weeks I received a replacement union valve from the manufacturer which resolved that problem. On the second unit, the union valve leaked right out of the box. It’s kind of difficult to describe but basically the threading on the inside of the valve (yet outside the o-ring seal) leaks. This is the threading that the inner components screw onto to keep the whole thing together… Bummer… Luckily I kept the mismatched valve that was not leaking and, in order to save brew day, I went with the other attachment. Since then another issue has cropped up. Seems that sticky wort has a tendency to cause the bottom attachment of the union valve (the part that screws onto the collection ball) to stick to the o-ring like glue. This makes removing the collection ball very difficult and has resulted in inadvertantly unscrewing the inner portion of the union valve causing it to leak… I went to the biggest local commercial plumbing supply store and was told that you generally never dis-assemble a union valve and he was not aware of any tool to fit the notches to tighten it back up. So, now I have two leaky valves and am not sure what to do about it. Also, be prepared to use a utility blade to clean up the plastic seams on the parts as there was a lot of scrap left over from the molding process.
October 5, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
I'm sorry to hear about your troubles with the union valves. We have some replacements available here

so if you'd like to give us a call or shoot us an email with your original order number we can arrange to have two new union valves sent out for you. Let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns. -Tyler
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer N
more troubles then it's worth
first problem the lid does not seal well, even with the replacement silicone gaskets, I have 2 of these fermenters, second the bottom clogs and you may have to siphon into a secondary anyway, this happens about half the time at least with all grain brewing, third, after about 8 batches, the lid split on the edge and contaminated the batch, so there goes half the cost of the fermenter down the drain and the other half on the time lost brewing the batch, I'm going to go back to buckets, and use these for cider and wine making, they are a bit more forgiving then beer and won't clog the drain,
January 23, 2017
My old carboys are getting dusty!
I bought my first one right when they came out and I loved it. I now own 3 of them and if I had more room for them I'd buy more. It makes transferring to secondaries to remove sediment unnecessary, just remove the collection ball after fermentation your done. No more cleaning/sanitizing new carboys, siphons, ect. once you put in your wort and yeast you don't need to mess with it until it's ready to bottle/keg. It also gives you the ability harvest yeast.
March 3, 2016
Great Concept, hoping it pans out!
I am still middle of the road on this item...

Pros:
TONS of headspace
Collection bulb is an amazing idea
Large opening for cleaning
Easy screw connector (fermenter - bulb)

Cons:
Gunk builds up at ball valve.
TONS of tape needed for connections and even then they still tend to leak just so slightly.
Not enough clearance when using the stand to detach the bulb. You still need to lift the unit to free up enough room.

I have to way overdue it on the tape to even remotely seal the connections. I did the "break in" process and everything for the threads. The bottom connection before the ball valve always builds up a tiny amount of wort. I would silicone seal them, but I still break everything down to clean. No way I would not take apart those connectors to clean, they get way to nasty. Even with all this I still like the unit. I would love to get another one, but I just cant see paying that price for something that is supposed to be "easier" but still presents its own issues.
January 16, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
FastFerment
The fast ferment is a great product. No issues till I got ready to remove the yeast for the first ferment. When I opened the valve for the yeast to go into the bulb and nothing I did moved the yeast down. Other than that one issue everything went great.
October 5, 2015
Maybe good for wine
Good: Easy to keep the batch from getting infected. Bad: I had too much sludge at the bottom for the beer to get through for bottling. Half the bottles end up with hops and dead yeast. I also had to stick a wire up the open valve to get the sludge out. It was packed in good. Also, some of the parts seem to be for a different model as the hose collar's threading does not match anything in the kit. I'm guessing that this does not work for product with a lot of particulates.
May 31, 2015
I tried. I really did...
I watched demo's, video's, forum comments, etc. and was excited to convert to this in my brewing process. But... I am so frustrated by how much sediment, hops, etc. that gets passed on to my keg. This is the one thing I introduced into my bucket process that really screwed things up. I unfortunatately cannot give this a good review. I also even tried just making it my secondary for hops additions. You can't drain it because it's plugged with hops. Siphoning is also troublesome (which beats the point of even having this thing).Much more R&D needs to go into this before it's ready for a homebrewer.
May 20, 2015
More work than buckets
The siphon less big mouth bubblers or old school buckets are more effective than this device. -Trub coats the lower 30% of the cone and the drain valve is constantly clogged. I have to rack to a secondary anyway to get clear beer for bottling. -You will have more batch waste dealing with this. -It is harder to clean than a bucket. -1/3 the beer making capacity than if you spent the same $ on buckets or bubblers.Note: I brew heavily hopped recipes. If you brew very light Budweiser style beers, this might work great.
August 1, 2015
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Are people adding priming sugar directly to the fastferment? I saw a video on youtube where this stirred up yeast (he had removed a bottle of trup from the bottom) and caused a blockage. They recommended bottling and using priming drops. Thoughts?
chris h on Jul 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We'd recommend using the by-the-bottle priming methods, like Fizz Drops, rather than stirring up the beer in the conical fermenter. The other option would be to gently rack it into a standard bottling bucket and mixing in priming sugar the regular way, and bottling from the bottling bucket. - Mike W, Northern Brewer
Can you brew 1 gallon batches in this?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You could, but you really wouldn't want to. You'd lose much of your one-gallon batch in the collection ball. FastFerment recommends it for 5-gallon batches. I've used it for 2.5 gallon batches, as well. It just wouldn't be worth the trouble for what you'd get out of a 1-gallon batch.
Haven't see this asked yet. Look like a nightmare to clean. How is it cleaned?
I don't think this actually eliminates the secondary. With the secondary, yeast activity is complete stopped. I don't see this happening with this device. When I brew, my airlock is always active in the primary and always inactive in the secondary.
D U on Jun 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Pretty easy to clean. The top opening is large enough to reach all the way in and scrub all of the inside surfaces. It?s even big enough to drop the collection bulb in, so I typically drop the bulb and all of the tubes in to let them soak in the cleaner and then the sani.
For the secondary, it is essentially limiting the surface exposure/surface area of your wert to the sediment by collecting it in the bulb. For batches with a lot of sediment, you can remove the initial full bulb, empty it, then attach it again so that it collects more sediment. I have stopped transferring to a secondary, and had no problems. The yeast goes dormant after the first few days either way. After that the airlock activity stops whether you leave it in the original container or move it to a secondary. Transferring to a secondary is only to get it off of the sediment.
I?ve been very happy with the design of the FastFement. The only problem I have had is that the lid is very difficult to remove, and sometimes hard to get a good seal with.
Does it come with the wall mount or stand or do I buy that separately? Thanks!
M A on Nov 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The FastFerment comes with the wall mounts

the stand is sold separately.
is there a loction inCanada Alberta pincher creek
S A on Nov 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would try contacting the manufacturer! I hope this helps! Cheers!
When dry hopping with pellets do I leave the collection ball open and let them settle into it, won't they all be confined in the ball and not in contact with bulk of beer?
D T on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Either way will work. In general hop pellets will disolve, float on top of the liquid, and eventually stick to the sides of the fermenter. I always keep the ball valve open as to collect the most amount of sediment possible. Closing it can potentially cause the beer to become aerated and suspend the remaining sedement. After removing, emptying, and reinstalling the collection ball, that is. It will work either way. I'm sure you are overthinking it. We all do!
Can one use the same fermenter for wine and beer?
R K on Jul 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use this for both beer and wine. Just make sure to give it a thorough cleaning between batches.
What's the width of the thermowell? I use an Inkbird ITC-1000 which has a sensor that is just shy of 1/4" diameter. I want to know if I can use the thermowell to hold the sensor, or if I'll need to come up with another solution.
Jerad G on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The thermowell has an outside thread diameter is 1/2" NPT. The Interior width where the thermometer is inserted is 9mm wide and 3" deep. The thermowell is not threaded on the inside.
How can temperature be controlled in the fast fermenter. I use a firm wrap and temperature controller with my buckets and carboys
B K on Dec 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: For ales, the FastFermenter temperature control is acceptable. I use a Blichmann thermometer. If you want to make a lager, one way is to install a secondary valve to the FF and recirculate the beer into a cooler fitted with a coil. Other more fancy option is to install a SS coil on the lid and recirculate cold water using a cooler as a reservoir. You may get one custom made at stainless steel brewing. Talk to Zack he is a cool guy.
cost to ship to Canada Alberta pincher ceek
S A on Nov 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry we can not ship internationally right now.
In primary should I have the collection ball open or closed?
R H on Nov 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Ryan

You'll want it open. Otherwise you'll get a pretty big air bubble if you open it later!

Cheers

Charles
Is there any recent fix for the lid top gasket ? i thoroughly enjoy using this fermenter except when it comes to sealing the lid it is a nightmare !!!
T H on Oct 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Worst fit and finish ever! I bought 2 that were not too bad and could be forcibly tightened, six months later bought 3 more. The last 3 had a re-designed gasket that is much better so I purchased and replaced the original 2 gaskets. BUT... the threads on the latest ones had so much casting flash that I could not begin to start one of them and the others would start but only tighten half way down to the gasket before stopping. I had to go after the threads with a dremel tool, file, and sandpaper to clean up the threads on the vessel (caps were fine). Now all 5 of mine are smooth and can be turned all the way down to the gasket making contact with a 2 finger twist. I spent about 45 minutes fixing 5 vessels, not bad but don't think it should be up to me to finish the final manufacturing process.....
My airlock seems to leak its either the grommet or the lid seal any spare parts ?
Don E on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Don

We do have a few spare parts and we're happy to help figure it out. It's not clear from the brief message what part is at fault though. Could you contact us directly at brewmaster@northernbrewer.com and we'll see what you need

We can also be reached by telephone at 1-800-681-2739 option 1.

Cheers

Gabe from NB
Will this work with a Fast Fermenter?
A shopper on Jan 18, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: No. I tried it. Doesn't make enough contact and had to tape it on. With the conicals i made a fermentation chamber out of styrofoam and put a heat lamp in side.
What are it's dimensions?
C C on Sep 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The dimensions are 20 x 14 x 14 inches
Does anyone know how to prevent the ball valve from becoming clogged with the trub/yeast cake? After the primary fermentation is complete, I open the valve to drain it and nothing happens because the trub/yeast cake is too thick to flow through the ball valve.
H O on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend leaving the valve open with the collection ball attached during primary fermentation. This will allow the ball to fill with trub and yeast gradually during the fermentation. Then you can close the valve and remove the ball with ease.
Will these sit on a keg washer?
nf1er on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'd think it would, as the opening is about the same size as the Big Mouth Carboys, and they can be washed with this unit. -Mike W,
How in the fu#k do you get the lid started so it it seals? I have tried this repeatedly and it never seems to seat correctly to get a seal that does not leak.
S D on Nov 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi, this seems to be a problem for a lot of people including me. There are a few ways to fix this. (1) If you have a batch going use blue painters tape around the edge of the lid. Easy to remove no messy glue. (2) When tank is empty place tank open side down on a flat surface and look for high spots and sand them down until flat. (3) Last get some food grade gasket material and make a thicker gasket. There is definitely an issue with sealing but it can be fixed. Have fun.
I've got my first batch in this now. It appears that my fermentation never started. So I repitched more yeast to try and jump start it again. It looks like there was some fermentation, given what looks like a yeast ring around the top but it still appears to have stopped really quickly. I see all the comments about the lid not being very airtight and I'm wondering if fermentation really did happen or not? My airlock has the humid-look that it normally does but it hasn't had a single bubble go through it, that I've seen. But I do go to work....... Any advice? Should I try pitching more yeast and attempt another tight seal? Thanks!
M O on Nov 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hey man,

Take a gravity reading. Sometimes a batch of yeast can be an overachiever. Do NOT pitch more yeast until you've taken gravity. It could be that while you were at work the yeast did its work. I've had this happen to me before.

Cheers!

Terry
Can I bottle the beer directly from the system, or do I still need to put the beer into a bottling bucket?
David S on Sep 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can bottle directly from the fastferment. Be sure you have dumped all the sediment and stir in priming sugar solution. It has a 1/2" port and tubing so a standard 3/8" bottle filler will not work.
Wouldn't you introduce oxygen, possibly contaminating the batch, while opening the valve to collect trub in the collection ball?
A N on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The amount of oxygen introduced when putting the collection ball back to collect yeast is minuscule compared to oxygen exposure when racking to secondary in the usual way considering the large exposed surface area.
I have brewed 203 beers - the last 10 using the fast ferment. I love it. At the of each batch I take the FF totally apart and clean it. On the next brew day I assemble the FF and fill it full of sanitizer while I brew. I keep everything very clean through primary and secondary fermentation. I bottle from the FF after sanitizing the attachments. Problem: At least 50% of my FF brews have developed a gushing disease in the bottle. (Yes I'm very careful with sanitizing bottles too). I have reluctantly gone back to the much more labor intensive glass carboys - and the problem is gone. Any thoughts?
A shopper on Dec 26, 2016

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