Grainfather Conical Fermenter - Pro Edition
Take control of your fermentation by giving yeast the perfect environment to optimize your beer flavor profile. The Grainfather Conical Fermenter - Pro Edition features double-walled, stainless steel construction for durability and insulation and INCLUDES the Dual Valve Tap and Digital Temperature Controller.
Dial in your fermentation temperature with the Digital Controller. Use the Dual Valve Tap to take samples and when fermentation is finished, dump or harvest your yeast from the cone and transfer your beer all with the same valve. Samples and transfers are pulled from above the sediment line allowing for clearer beer while allowing for yeast collection from the bottom of the fermenter.
The Grainfather Conical Fermenter has been designed to give you the best in fermenting performance. Featuring the Golden Angle of 60°, the optimum angle for dropping yeast to the bottom without clinging to the sides, you'll have no problem getting a clearer beer faster than standard, flat-bottomed fermenters.
Dual Valve Tap
Using the same concepts used in commercial breweries, the Dual Valve Tap ensures easy sampling and transferring while retaining the ability to dump or harvest yeast for reuse.
Control the fermentation temperature by accurately dialing in the ideal temperature. Also includes an option to set up to 4 fermentation profiles, each with up to 5 temperature stages.
Height - 36" (43" with Airlock)
Diameter - 14.5" (with Handles)
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- 304 stainless steel double-walled fermenter.
- Integrated gentle heating: 30W, 12V heating element.
- Integrated cooling sleeve that can be hooked up to the Cooling Pump Kit or the Grainfather Glycol Chiller.
- 60° cone angle for yeast to drop down to the bottom
- 8 Gallon Capacity.
- Wide opening for easy, hassle-free cleaning.
- Stainless steel lid with integrated silicone seal and included rubber stopper and airlock.
- Cone Plug and Seal
- 6.5power cord
- Modular system to build up your brewery to your own specifications.
Add the Grainfather Conical Fermenter Cooler Connection Kit for use with Grainfather Glycol Chiller.
You're not out of luck if you do not own a Grainfather Glycol Chiller. To chill the Grainfather Conical Fermenter, you will need the Grainfather Conical Fermenter Temperature Controller as well as your own cooler or bucket. Then add the Grainfather 12VDC Cooling Pump & 3 way cord to run the cool water through the conical jacket. The Grainfather 12VDC Cooling Pump & 3 way cord does not work with the Grainfather Glycol Chiller.
I’ve completed three fermentations with the Grainfather Conical Fermenter; it works exactly as advertised. I purchased the Pro Edition which came with the dual valve tap and digital controller. Subsequently, I purchased a cooling pump kit and have used a corny keg filled with water in my kegerator for cooling. This setup has worked well with fermentation temps of 65° F to 72° F with ambient temps as high as 76° F. I haven’t tried higher temps but I’m confident the fermenters’ internal heating element can handle them. However, attempts to cold crash with this setup only provided temps to the lower 50°s F. To fully execute a cold crash, I needed to add large amounts of ice to the water (in the corny keg, in the kegerator) to get the temps down to the lower 40°s F. Additionally, while cold crashing with ambient temps in the mid-70°s F, the condensation from the fermenter was excessive! I also ended up purchasing an insulation jacket; that helped significantly and I doubt I’ll need the jacket once colder/dryer winter temperatures arrive. I do, however, anticipate I’ll need to use ice for lagering, even with colder/dryer winter temperatures. Yeast dumps have gone well, though I recommend going slow with that process; using the dump lever requires a knack. I’ve used the dual valve tap for transferring without any issue— to a bottling bucket, to a keg and directly to a bottle.
As I see it, the primary benefit of the fermenter is that it provides accurate and consistent fermentation temperatures. Additionally, the construction is excellent, the controllers’ scheduling capability is convenient, and the dual valve tap allows for yeast dumping and racking to a bottling bucket or directly to a keg or bottle without a siphon. The primary con of the fermenter is its price; it’s expensive! Another con, though minor, includes the tight confines of the area below the fermenter making operation of the dual valve tap a little difficult. Overall, if you have the means to purchase one of these, I recommend it.
What a great product, heat and cool ( cooling w/ optional equipment ) all in one unit. Easy to manage, handles help to move it around even full. Cleaning is super easy, trub dump and sample port are great but hard to access because of the legs. Overall a great value, enough so that I have two !
Using it with the Grainfather G30. Works very well.
I have now made three brews with the Grainfather Conical Fermenter. All were excellent. This fermenter is very well made, easy to use, easy to clean, and the temperature control is excellent (I have a ss Brewtech glycol chiller and bought the Grainfather adapter kit for it - works like a charm). Bravo!!!
I am all in with the GF glycol chiller and 4 conical fermenters. Although I just set them up and only have filled 3 of the 4, I am impressed with the quality and functionality of the whole system, just as I continue to be thrilled with my GF brewer. Very well made and deliver just what was promised. I look forward to cold crashing and lagering whenever I want, dumping trub as I go, and truly repeatable results.