Fermenator Conical - Standard Fittings

Blichmann Engineering

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The Fermentator is Blichmann Engineering's state-of-the-art line of stainless steel conical fermentors. The Fermenator is a brewery quality piece of equipment, but made with the homebrewer in mind. These NPT-fitted Fermenators ate built from 304 stainless steel, and features standardized 1/2" NPT threads, which are very versatile and will accept any 1/2" NPT fitting. A main selling point of the Blichmann Fermenators versus other brand stainless steel conicals, is their weldless interior fittings. In fact, Blichmann Fermenators are the only interior weld-free fermentors on the market today! These weldless fittings are free of welding ripples which can harbor bacteria and wild yeast, lending to unsurpassed sanitation and ultimately, better beer!

Perfect for:  beer, wine, cider, or any other fermented beverage!

 

* 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

Worried about pesky bacteria hiding in the cracks of welds in your conical fermentor? Or the sort of porosity you find in all welds, which can cause leaks? The Fermenator™ from Blichmann Engineering™ is the only weld-free interior fermentor on the market! Everything that touches your beer is heavy-gauge stainless steel or FDA-approved silicone. And the Fermenator's™ surface where the fittings penetrate are smooth, with no weld "ripples," so it's easy to clean and sanitize. Our optimized design, identical to hydraulic systems under thousands of PSI, is also guaranteed to be 100% leak-free. Even the lid seal can be fully immersed under pressure! Weld-free fittings give you the peace of mind that comes with clean, bacteria-free beer.

Easy-to-Clean Weld-Free Fittings: All fittings used for the bottom dump and rotating racking arm are stainless steel, high-quality industrial fittings. Because our fittings can be removed from the tank, they are easy to clean and replace as well as sanitize, boil or autoclave. Last, but not least, weld-free fittings allow you to orient the dump valve in any position you desire.

Rotating Racking Arm: The rotating racking arm is standard equipment, just like the huge conical fermentors used by craft brewers. This feature lets you start your siphon with the racking arm horizontal and rotate it slowly downward until you just start picking up yeast sediment – the best and only way to siphon clear beer! Using the racking arm prevents wasted beer or sediment in your kegs. This exclusive, revolutionary design utilizes stainless flare fittings, in which bacteria can't hide. The valve handle shows you the position of the racking arm at all times. 

Lid Hatch: This generously sized lid opening offers you easy, sanitary access to minimize exposure of fermentables to oxidation and bacterial contamination when dry-hopping or adding finings. It's also much easier to pitch yeast than pouring it through the small stopper hole.

Bolted Leg System: Our channel-shaped legs offer improved strength and appearance. An exclusive welding process is utilized to install fasteners on the tank wall, leaving the interior of the tank absolutely spotless and superior to TIG-welded designs in which weld distortion (rippling) is unavoidable. These legs can be replaced in minutes if they are accidentally damaged, and, most importantly, they are affixed to the tank so cleaning is much easier than if the tank simply sits on a stand.

Pressure-Capable Stainless Lid: Just like the big breweries, use CO2 pressure to pump your finished beer up to 6 feet above your fermenter to your kegs. This eliminates the need to elevate the fermentor above the kegs or bottling bucket. This is ideal for chest freezers but is not intended for carbonation.

Minimum interior refrigerator space required.  Volumes listed are approximate gross capacities.

Model Batch Beer Cider/Wine Wide Deep High
7 gal Up to 5.5 gal Up to 6 gal 15 15 27
14 gal Up to 11 gal Up to 12 gal 18.5 18.5 31.25
14 gal with extension (25 gal gross) Up to 20 gal Up to 22 gal 18.5 18.5 45.75
27 gal Up to 21 gal Up to 21 gal 24 24 35.75
27 gal with extension (60 gal gross) Up to 42 gal Up to 42 gal 24 24 60.75
42 gal Up to 33 gal Up to 36 gal 24 24 48.75
42 gal with extension (80 gal gross) Up to 63 gal Up to 63 gal 24 24 73.75
Leg extensions     - - add 18"
Casters  (not available for 60 and 80 gal models)     add 8" add 4" add 3.25"

Note: It is recommended that you have at least 1" clearance on all sides. Dimensions shown above do not include this clearance.  Dimensions also do not include airlock, which is not used in a refrigerator. For low-clearance installations, use the provided 90° elbow on the stopper and remote-locate the airlock. For upright freezers and refrigerators, it is recommended that you have 4 to 6" of clearance above the unit if you wish to dry-hop or add finings through the lid hatch.

Product Features
  • Easy to clean weldless fittings, which are fully removeable from the fermentor. Removable fittings can be taken off and taken apart in order to be fully cleaned and sanitized. You could even autoclave these parts if you so desired! Easy, effective cleaning ensures a lowered chance of bacterial infection and a longer life for the fermentor.
  • 304 Stainless Steel construction
  • The stainless steel design is perfect for cleaning and sanitation! Get the sanitary edge on scratchable plastics and breakable glass.
  • Bottom dump valve where trub can be dumped or your yeast harvested; something that is impossible with traditional homebrew equipment.
  • A rotating racking arm that not only allows you take gravity samples, but also helps you to cleanly and efficiently transfer your beer into kegs or bottling equipment. The arm can be rotated with the flow of the liquid, allowing you to avoid drawing unwanted hops during racking.
  • A pressurizable fermentor body allows for CO2 to create a pumping effect, allowing beer to be racked up to six feet above the fermentors into kegs. Never use an auto-siphon again!
  • Convenient lid hatch on the top allows for ease of access to beer for adding dry hops, oak, or other flavoring agents, as well as pitching yeast.
  • Excellent for wine fermentation too! The Fermenator is superior to many variable capacity fermentors available to home vintners due to its seals and its quality of being completely impervious to oxygen. While variable capacity fermentors rely on a tube and bicycle pump design for secondary fermentation which can lose pressure over time, Blichmann's patented design keeps fermenting wine free of oxygen and the possibility of bacterial contaminants.
  • Bolted leg construction ensures sturdiness, even when full of your delicious beer!
  • A beaded seal on the fermentor lid ensures an extra layer of protection from depressurization, creating a superior seal on the fermentor body.
  • Folding handles allow easy movement of empty fermentors.
  • Ultra low-profile design allows the Fermenator to sit easily into home refrigerators and freezers for fermentation temperature control, thus saving hundreds or thousands of dollars on separate temperature control systems
  • Leg pads ensure safe movement without scratching of equipment and surfaces.
Competition

Feature

Fermenator™Stainless Conical

B3 Stainless Conical

Plastic

Conicals
       

Weldless Spot-Free Interior

Standard

Not Available

Not Available

CO2 Pumping

Standard

Standard

Not Available

(Pressurizeable)

Removable / Replaceable Fittings*

Standard

Not Available

Not Available

Directional Bottom Dump **

Standard

Standard

Not Available

Stainless Steel Lid

Standard

Standard

Not Available

Rotating Racking Arm

Standard

Standard

Option

Lid Hatch

Standard

Not Available

Not Available

Bolt-On Stainless Legs

Standard

Not Available

Not Available

Beaded Lid Seal

Standard

Not Available

Not Available

Folding Handles

Standard

Not Available

Not Available

Low-Profile Design #

Yes

No

No

90° Bottom Dump Elbow

Standard

Standard

Option

Leg Extensions

Option

Option

Not Available

Scratch- / Scouring-Resistant?

Yes

Yes

No

* All competitors' units have welded fittings. The Fermenator™ has the only fully replaceable, 100% leak-free fitting design. If a threaded fitting or sanitary fitting on a competitor's unit gets damaged or wears out, the fitting cannot be replaced without cutting and welding, or replacing the entire tank assembly.

# The Fermenator™ is compact enough to fit in a typical refrigerator.
Options

The optional leg extensions bolt right onto the standard legs and raise the Fermenator™ 18"  high enough to gravity drain into kegs. Leg extensions can also be used with casters.

CASTERS

Industrial-grade, non-marking casters with wheel locks are available for all F2 and F3 series Fermenator™ conicals! Wheel outriggers add stability. Casters can be used with the optional leg extensions, too, for the ultimate in versatility. This increases overall height by 3 1/4". Casters, brackets, and braces are steel-plated for durability.

An optional Tri-Clamp blow-off assembly offers an added safety net for agressive fermentations. After high krausen, the hose and elbow can be removed and an airlock and provided stopper installed in its place.

 

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