Top 5 Conical Fermenters of 2019

Review of the 5 best conical style fermentors for homebrewing

You’ve been homebrewing your own beer, wine or kombucha for a while now, using the same old plastic fermentation buckets over and over again. One day you realize that it’s time to transition, and you’d like to upgrade your current brewing equipment in order to streamline the entire process, become more professional, and have consistently perfect batches every time. In such cases, the next logical step is to purchase a conical fermenting unit. Why a conical fermenter? Well, as a home brewer, you know that in order to secure the best beer, one that is not only flavorful, but also has a robust aroma and subtle mouthfeel, each step in the brewing process must be completed in a proper and precise manner. When it comes to the fermentation process, it’s crucial that you have a fermenter which can handle the task.

Conical fermenters are designed to systematize the brewing process, by having the primary and secondary fermentation steps all completed within one vessel. It does this by way of a cone shaped bottom with a valve positioned at the point of the cone. The sediment and yeast then collect in the bottom of the cone, making their removal quick, easy and sanitary. Once you collect trub and yeast, you can toss out the trub, and keep the yeast so it can be re-pitched, which is especially handy if you’ve purchased expensive yeast. So, as you can see, you’ll be conducting both primary and secondary fermentation within the very same vessel, with no transferring. Conical fermenters mean you cut down on mess, waste, and clean up time!

 

FastFerment Conical Fermenter


FastFerment Conical FermenterLet’s face it, plastic buckets and carboys are messy, and if you’re not careful, can be the cause of producing a bad tasting batch of brew. All of this can be easily remedied with the FastFerment Conical Fermenter. The FastFerment Conical Fermenter, 7.9 Gallon HomeBrew Kit will give you Gold Medal performance at an affordable price. Winner of the Gold Medal during the 2016 HomebrewCon, this conical fermenter takes 80 percent of the cleaning and sanitizing away from you, so you can spend more time concentrating on crafting the perfect brew.

Easy to use, All-in-One Fermenter|
With the FastFerment 7.9 gallon conical fermenter, primary and secondary fermentation all take place right here, separate carboys not required. Features include a nice, wide 6 inch mouth with a screw top lid, which makes adding ingredients a simple task. You also get a bottle filling attachment which lets you fill up those bottles and kegs quickly and easily. The wall mounts are a really nice addition, as you can fix your FastFerment Conical Fermenter to any wall in your home. If this doesn’t thrill you, no worries, as FastFerment also gives you the option to purchase a lightweight, sturdy stand separately.

Yeast Collection Ball and Easy to Upgrade
Other features include a stainless steel thermowell and a flat-bottomed yeast collection ball. You may also be pleased to know that FastFerment has accessories available to purchase separately, just in case you’re interested in upgrading your unit. These accessories include a FastRack bottle drying rack, Fermentation Jacket, and carry-all strap. Easy to use, simply close the valve and remove the collection ball when the primary fermentation is over, then replace the collection ball for secondary fermentation. Once the secondary fermentation is completed, remove the collection ball, and replace it with the collection hose, right into your keg or bottles. It’s just that simple. You don’t have to deal with transferring or racking.

Pros
  • Primary and secondary fermentation in one vessel
  • Fixes to walls in any room you choose
  • Wide, 6 inch opening for ingredients
  • Trub settles in the removable collection ball
Cons
  • May be subject to leaking for some users
FastFermentor - Beginner Friendly, Award Winning, Gold Medal Performance with Every Batch

The FastFerment Conical Fermenting system is a fantastic choice for the beginning brewer. This unit is designed to be attached to your wall, keeping it off of countertops and away from your feet. The 6 inch wide mouth makes it easy to add your ingredients, and the sediment and yeast fall into the yeast collection ball. We like this model as it’s easy to use, affordable and helps deliver a perfect batch every time.

 

Ss Brewtech Home Brewing Brew Bucket Fermenter


Ss Brewing Technologies Brew Bucket Stainless Steel FermenterThe makers of the Brew Bucket, JGB Enterprises, decided to create their product as there were no high quality, #304 stainless steel fermenting buckets available for home brewers. This patent-pending, 6.95 gallon capacity brew bucket is manufactured completely from stainless steel. This means that your fermentation process will be sanitary, as stainless steel is easier to clean than plastic and more durable than glass.

Easy to Collect Both Trub and Samples
This brew bucket’s conical shape allows you to stack them if needed as well as reducing the possibility of trub contact during the fermentation process, allowing it to concentrate making transfer easier, and virtually no sediment in the finished product. One of the best parts of this is the integrated racking arm. This feature gives you the ability to easily rotate during racking. Users also found that by using the Brew Bucket, obtaining samples is super easy without risking contamination.

Just the Right Features for Just the Right Batch
This bucket comes with welded handles for reliable transport, a 17mm port tor blow off tubing, wide lid with 4 spring clamps, 3/8 inch mini ball valve, LCD thermometer, gallon/liter marking etched into the steel, and a rotatable racking arm. When it comes time to bottle or keg your beer, simply attach the tubing to the valve and proceed to fill the keg or bottles or bottling bucket.

Pros
  • Made from #304 Stainless Steel
  • Durable, easy to clean and maintain
  • Conical shape means little or no sediment in final product
  • Easier to lift and handle than glass carboys
Cons
  • May be too expensive for some
  • Not transparent
The Bottom Line - SS BrewTech Dependable, Tough and Reliable

The Ss Brewtech Home Brewing Brew Bucket Fermenter manufactured from #304 stainless steel is one of the finest homebrew fermenters available on the market. Easy to clean and maintain, the conical base is where you’ll find all your trub, so your beer is clear and sparkling. Easy to handle, won’t break or shatter, and the wide top gives you plenty of room to add your hops and other ingredients. Though it’s a bit more pricey than it’s counterparts, the dedication which has gone into creating this fermenter and its #304 stainless steel construction mean you’ll have it for many years to come.

 

The Catalyst Fermentation System


The Catalyst Fermentation SystemInspired by Fermantation Systems Used by the Professionals
The Catalyst Fermentation system was inspired by the idea of taking the system used by professional brewing companies, and create an affordable fermentation system that everyone could use. The result is a 6.5 gallon fermentation system that makes the entire homebrewing process simple and easy. Whether you’re a seasoned brewer with many years under your belt, or a newbie to the entire process, the Catalyst Fermentation System will ensure you’re ability to create the best brew each and every time, and its contemporary, stylish design makes it look good on any kitchen countertop.

3 inch Butterfly Valve Handles the Largest Mason Jars For Easy Trub Collection
This multi-functional fermentation system allows you to do the entire process using one vessel, instead of using a primary and secondary vessels. This means that you’ll be able to do the primary, secondary process along with harvesting of yeast and bottling, all with the one vessel. Cleaning and maintenance is a snap with this fermenter, as it’s dishwasher safe. When it comes to collecting the trub, the Catalyst Fermentation System has one of the largest butterfly valves among homebrewing fermenters. This super wide opening is designed to handle mason jars the size of 8, 16, 24 and 32 ounce Mason jars, which makes handling sediment and yeast easy and hassle free.

Scratch resistant, Dishwasher Safe Tank Made from Medical-Grade Tritan Plastic
The tank is manufactured from Tritan. Tritan is a medical grade polymer, free from BPA’s , easy to clean and maintain. Tritan gives you the transparency of glass with the durability of plastic. The tank is dishwasher safe, scratch resistant and comes with removable silicone gaskets to facilitate cleaning.

your purchase includes a 6.5 gallon conical tank, durable stand, 3 inch butterfly valve, bottling attachment, transfer tubing, clamp, stopper, 16 ounce, wide mouth Mason jar, and one Allen wrench

Pros
  • Manufactured from medical grade, transparent plastic called Tritan
  • Tank is dishwasher safe and scratch resistant
  • Super wide, 3 inch opening which connects to a 8, 16, 24, or 32 ounce Mason jar for trub collection
  • Is supported by a sturdy, durable stand
Cons
  • No port for sampling and taking hydrometer readings
The Bottom Line - Streamlined Brewing

The Catalyst Fermentation System is a superb fermenting system for beginners and experienced brewers alike. The tank is made from medical grade, transparent plastic known as Tritan. This tank is easy to clean and maintain as it’s dishwasher safe. The really good part is the wide opening with the 3 inch butterfly valve. Here, you can connect 8, 16, 24 or 32 ounce Mason jars for trub collection. All of this remains stead on a durable stand. We love this unit

 

Full Throttle Parts FastFerment Complete Conical Fermenting Set Up


Full Throttle Parts Fastferment Complete Conical Fermenting Set UpDurable FastFerment 7.9 Gallon Conical Fermenter
To get your homebrewing lifestyle off on the right foot, it can’t hurt to take a look at the Full Throttle Complete Conical Fermenting Kit from FastFerment. Also known as their Special Edition Package, this bundle contains their famous, FastFerment 7.9 Gallon conical fermenter that we’ve previously covered and adds with it some fun and essential accessories. These accessories include a sturdy, durable stand, carry-all strap, thermometer and stainless steel thermowell.

Carry Straps Mean Ease of Transport
The carry straps mean that you’ll be able to transport your fermenting system with ease, and the stand means you can brew anywhere you choose. Its stainless steel thermometer means you’ll be able to carefully keep track of your brewing fermentation process without getting in the way. We’re sure you’ll agree that this is a fantastic all-in-one fermentation system, where the entire fermentation process can be achieved in one tank, no need for primary and secondary vessels.

Special Edition Accessories Make All the Difference
No matter what type of fermented beverage you attempt, wine, cider or beer, you are guaranteed high quality results if you follow FastFerments, One-Stage System. The entire Special Edition Bundle makes both fermenting and handling a breeze, with little or no mess or effort on your part. Not only that, but since there’s no transferring or racking, you’re in for up to 80 percent less work than with standard carboy systems. Keep in mind that after purchase, they’ve made it easy to upgrade your system by purchasing valuable accessories separately, such as a Fermentation Jacket or FastRack drying rack.

Pros
  • All-in-one fermentation system with yeast ball
  • Durable and functional 7.9 gallon conical fermenter
  • Carry strap, stand, thermometer and thermowell
  • Manufactured from high quality, food-grade, BPA Free HDPE Plastic
Cons
  • Some users may experience leaking at the seals
The Bottom Line - Accessory Rich for Fast and Easy Brewing

Full Throttle Parts FastFerment Complete Conical Fermenting Set Up has everything you’ll ever need when it comes to starting up your homebrewing venture. You not only get the 7.9 gallon conical fermenter, but an assortment of valuable accessories. This Special Edition set up includes the fermenter, carry strap, fermenter stand, thermometer and stainless steel thermowell.

 

BrewDemon Conical Fermenter


BrewDemon Conical Fermenter - Great option for smaller batchesSmall, Stylish and Compact Fermenting System
Not everyone interested in homebrewing feels the need to have a large setup. There are those who enjoy beer, but only require a small batch now and again. If this sounds like you, they BrewDemon came up with an exceptional conical fermenter with you in mind. The BrewDemon Conical Fermenter is referred to as the “World’s First” Small Batch Conical Fermenting System, and is easy to use, clean, maintain while being small enough to fit on most kitchen counter tops. What’s great about this little brewing monster, is that it can handle your batches, and look good doing it due to its stylish design so will easily blend in nicely with most kitchen decors.

Convenient, Small Batches of Fermented Beverages with Easy Trub Removal and Cleaning
The BrewDemon Conical Fermenter will brew you 2 to 2.5 gallon batches at a time of wine, mead, cider, kombucha or beer with its patented, 3 gallon, conical fermenter. It’s manufactured from sturdy, scratch resistant food-grade PVC plastic, and is BPA/Phthalate free. This material is guaranteed not to impart any untoward flavors or aromas to your beer, and the amber coloring protects your brew from the harmful effects of UV rays. The design works just the same as larger conical fermenters, ensuring that the trub stays at the bottom, where it belongs and makes transferring your batch to bottles fast, easy and hassle free.

Sturdy Stand, Temperature Strip and Adjustable Flow Tap Assembly
Your purchase includes a 3 gallon, conical fermenter, durable and sturdy stand, easy to adjust flow tap assembly, adhesive temperature strip, venting plug and a new bubbler upgrade. If your more interested in experimenting with different types of craft beer rather than producing a prodigious amount of one type, then consider purchasing a second BrewDemon. Here, you’ll be able to conveniently brew several small batches at once of different craft beer styles.

Pros
  • Small compact size, can easily fit on any counter top
  • Designed for those who only wish to make small batches at a time
  • Small, but powerful and easy to use, clean and maintain
  • Tank is manufactured from a scratch resistant, food-grade PVC plastic
Cons
  • Spigot could be made of a more durable material
The Bottom Line - For the Small Batch Brewer

The Brewdemons Conical Fermentation System is the perfect solution for those of you who only wish to make small batches at a time. In fact, those who prefer to experiment with beer flavors may purchase a second BrewDemon, so they can experience small batches of different styles. Its small size means it can fit on your kitchen counter top, and its stylish appearance means it can suit most kitchen decors. The tank is made from a durable, scratch resistant, food-grade PVC plastic, suited for long term use.

 

Criteria Used In This Review


Your beer is a unique mix of malts, grains and hops. Initially, this mixture is called ‘wort’. Fermenters are vessels where your carefully blended wort ferments in to a batch of delicious craft beer. Home brewers have their choice of many different types of vessels, from inexpensive plastic fermentation buckets, to the more expensive stainless steel conical fermenters. Which one you select will depend on your level of experience, what you feel comfortable with, and what you feel works best with different styles of beer.

When embarking on our journey to find the best fermenter for homebrewing, we looked at a few particulars. First was the ease of use. After all, each one of our offerings are all-in-one fermenters, or “unitanks”, which combine both the primary and secondary stages of fermentation in one vessel. Conical fermenters are those which have a base shaped at a 60 degree angle with a valve situated on the pointed end. A good fermenting unit will have an accessible system which makes sediment and yeast collection a snap. If the collection and removal of trub and yeast was sloppy, or didn’t live up to manufacturers claims, it most definitely did not make the cut. We also looked for dependable fermenting systems which came in a variety of sizes to suit the needs of each user. For instance, the small, compact BrewDemon for those who just like to brew small batches up to 2.5 gallons, to the FastFerment System which comes with a 7.9 gallon tank.

These fermenters also had to be easy to clean and maintain, such as the Ss Brewtech Home Brewing Brew Bucket Fermenter and the Catalyst Fermentation System. Fermenters that are easy to clean and scratch resistant mean that no microbes or bits of debris can hide within the scratches, spoiling your beer. Another crucial consideration was the ability of the fermenting system to create consistent, high quality batches of brew. In other words, if you followed the steps outlined in the instructions, each batch should provide you with not only a great tasting beer, but one which is clear and pleasing to the eye. Batches which do not produce clear, sediment free beer means that their sedimentation and yeast collection system is not doing its task properly. The unit must also make the entire process of fermenting and bottling your beer, easy and hassle free.

Finally, there’s the issue of brand. While it’s tempting to go cheap, especially for newbies, we strongly suggest that you shop the big brands, those such as SS Brew Tech and FastFerment. We realize that creating a basic homebrewing set up includes a good amount of supplies, but one must still purchase the best quality for their budget. By shopping for the more established brands, you are paying for years of development and continued customer satisfaction, something you won’t get with a cheap, fly by night knockoff. Brand power is seen in the verified customer reviews of each of our chosen products. High customer satisfaction not only means an excellent product, but superb customer service as well.

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