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- The Blichmann Engineering Fermenator is the ultimate in home fermentation. This stainless steel conical fermentor features a weld-free interior, a dump valve for removing yeast and sediment, and a rotating racking arm for transferring. After your primary fermentation is complete you can simply remove the yeast from the conical section using the dump valve and go straight into secondary fermentation without transferring. The lid is a removable soda keg-style hatch that is pressure capable, allowing you to easily transfer using co2 to minimize air exposure.
Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as Fermenators ship directly from the manufacturer via FedEx Ground.For detailed information on sizing and specs, click here. The options above allow you to add on leg extensions, casters, and the tri-clamp blow off assembly.
Other features include:
* Unlike glass carboys, the Fermenator is impervious to heat, won't shatter, and won't admit light.
* Unlike plastic buckets or plastic conical fermenters, they won't scratch, discolor, or harbor bacteria.
* Large-diameter top means an accessible interior for easy cleaning.
* Rotating racking arm makes for simple, sanitary, sediment-free racking—no siphoning.
* Replaceable threaded fittings
* Directional 90° bottom dump
* Stainless 3-piece ball valves
* Folding carry handles
* Beaded silicone lid seal
* Channel-shaped legs: welded to tank wall exterior, with scratch-preventing pads on the feet
* 304 stainless steel
* 14 gauge flange; 16 gauge sidewall; 18 gauge cone
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- 4.0 / 5.08 ReviewsOk but there are better optionsI've had it for one year and its perfect for 10 gal batches. Nice for collecting yeast from the dump valve. The lid c clamp is a major problem. The clamp is large and awkward. Its also stuck on me and I need to replace the entire clamp for $60. The gasket is also ripped and cost $35 without shipping. Luckily that still works for now. The keg hatch on the lid is probably the best unique item here. Not sure why a giant clamp is needed when there is a pressure relief of 3PSI on the hatch.
This has been out for some time now and needs updates. Take a look at their competitors before buying these. A gasket from others runs $8 without shipping and no giant c clamps deal with. Ill keep mine and deal with the problems but I do regret it.August 23, 2017Great ConicalGreat product. I have the 14g model with the normal fittings. I opted to equip it with Cam-lock style fitting instead of the triclamps because they are more reasonably priced and work very well.May 28, 2015think long and hard before buying the standard fitting modelIf you plan to use this often, opt for the tri clamp model.March 25, 2015Freaking awesome!I love this thing!. It goes from the stove to the fermentor to the keg. No more siphoning, no more buckets, no more carboys. It is so simple to use. I only wish I had a whole arsenal of these to use. Plus you can harvest the yeast for the next batch.April 29, 2014This Is a Great Conical FermenterI had been using a 7-gallon glass carboy for years, but for my 42nd birthday in 2013, I wanted to upgrade to a conical fermenter. I chose the 7-1/2 gallon Blichmann Fermenator, and I am so glad I did. This fermenter is awesome. It's durable, easy to use, and it is soooooo easy to clean. I like the the soda-keg trap door, as it makes dropping so easy to do. I just load up my resin bag, open up thee trap door, drop in the hop bag, and close the trap door. I also like the fact that this is a Primary AND a Secondary fermenter. After the primary is done, I just open up the dump valve, drain the yeast and grub, and boom, secondary fermentation takes place. And when fermentation is done and I've bottled the beer, it is soooo easy to clean. You can take the top off and wash with soap, water, and a sponge. I can't give this enough stars.April 17, 2014Standard FittingsI ordered this by mistake and NB was very helpful in getting me the tri clamp which is what I meant to order. Thank you!!! I'd like to see Blickmann take their design to the next level and add a Clean in place. This is really about the only item I don't like about the conical. If it's on wheels and extensions, good luck getting it cleaned properly.September 2, 2013Blichmann Conical FermentorI have two of the 15 gallon fermentors. I bought one without extensions and one with extensions and castors. Within a few weeks I purchased leg extensions and castors. It's worth it. The one thing I think was poorly designed in on the top of the fermentor where they have a small lid similar to a soda keg. There is a locking lid with a swing arm on it which has two plastic end caps. If you are not really careful those caps will break very easily when you lock it down. I think they should come up with something a little sturdier. Other than that these fermentors are fantastic.July 17, 2013fermenter recommendationI have been brewing out of the standard Fermenator for about 6 years now. The tri-clamp version is relatively new so it wasn't available when I bought my Fermenator. The rig works well for sanitation and ease of use. I gradually opted for the leg extensions when I got into kegging and then the wheels to roll it around. The leg extensions and wheels make a dramatic difference in the ease of use. This rig allows quite a bit of freedom to brew as you need. In my years of usage of it, it still is in brand new condition as stainless steel is quite tough. Spend the money, it is worth not worrying about a glass carboy breaking, hefting the beer around, light intrusion, sampling contamination, yeast collection, removal of trub for secondary fermentation in the same container, accidental fermentation overflows and most importantly sanitation. My next Fermenator will be the tri-clamp version 42 gallon with leg extensions and casters, I am already drooling over one.December 2, 2012
- Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 11 answersi'm interested in buying a blichman conical fermenter but can I use it for wine as well ?BEST ANSWER: Wine-makers: The sealing system is far superior to wine tanks and completely impervious to oxygen, forming a 100% pressure- and vacuum-tight seal so there's no need for a floating lid. 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 of bacterial contamination from fermentation material on the walls of the fermentor. During primary (alcoholic) fermentation the CO2 from fermentation blankets and protects the wine from oxidation. After complete fermentation has been verified, simply apply a positive pressure of an inert gas like Nitrogen or Argon with a low pressure regulator to keep oxygen out. During sampling and dumping the lees, the regulator will replace the drained wine and keep oxygen from entering.We want to start fermenting 15 gallon wort - should i buy the 14 gallon or 27 gallon fermenter?BEST ANSWER: I have the 5 gal Blichmann conical. When I put 6-6 1/2 gal of wort in it, the fermenter will blow over. I would go big or go home.What are the external dimensions?
BobbyBEST ANSWER: The diameter of the fermenter lid is 13.5 inches, and height of the unit from foot to top of lid is 26 inches.Can heating and cooling elements be put inside? If not how can specific temperatures be reached?BEST ANSWER: I'm not aware of an internal hearing/cooling element; however, I maintain fermentation temperatures using a chest freezer and external thermostat (thermastar). Since I live in ND my basement temps can vary greatly summer and winter. During initial fermentation I use the freezers cooling to keep temps down. If I need to add heat, I simply place my Fermotemp mat inside the freezer and it will warm things very efficiently.Can you ferment 7 gallon batches (5 gallon yield) in the 14 gallon fermenter? For the slight cost increase from the 7 to 14 gallon, it looks like the 14 gallon would be a good fit. But would not want to be set on larger batches all the time.BEST ANSWER: In my opinion, the answer is no. I own the 14.5 gal Ferminator but have recently started brewing 5 gallon batches, the last of which went bad. Was told that because of the excessive head space in the fermenter, there may have been some oxidation that could have spoiled the beer before transfer to the keg for conditioning. Though a local brew shop suggested occasional purging of the fermenter head space with CO2, decided to acquire a new 7 gal Ferminator instead since it is unlikely I'll ever be brewing 10 gal batches in the future.i'm interested in buying a blichman conical fermenter but what is the difference between a tri clamp and a standard fitting and do I really need the tri clamp fitting's for a 14 gallon fermenter , thank's for your helpBEST ANSWER: The main difference is in ease of cleaning and hooking it to other items, many home brewers find they do not need the more expensive tri-clamp fittings. -Mike W, Northern BrewerHow do you control temp with these?BEST ANSWER: The temp would be controlled by the ambient temperature where it's located; or by rigging up a fermentation heater onto it. This could be controlled with a temp controller with long probe, so it's monitoring the internal temp.Why do you need a blow off tube instead of a simple $2.00 airlock? What's the advantage?BEST ANSWER: It becomes quite important for the large batch fermenators. A 5 gallon batch can make quite a mess when the yeast grow too much and blow the top - you can only imagine what kind of mess the bigger ones could make. It's for in case you end up getting a blow off. Cheers! James J.
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