Overview

Conical Fermenters make use of the most durable materials, are manufactured into the ideal shapes, and include the best features and accessories. These fermenters on the market mimic that large scale fermentation vessels used by the brewing industry. In short, thousands of years has led to the design, which ultimately increases efficiency and decreases waste. Peep holes, stainless steed stands, trub valves, port valves, pressurizable, built in cooling and heating systems are some of the features you will find.

There are plastic conical fermenters which are described in another section. This page is intended for the professional grade products and is split by manufacturer.

Blichmann Engineering - The Fermenator

Blichmann Engineering's conical fermenter is The Fermenator. All sizes include a 100% stainless steel weld-free interior. It includes 3 piece ball valves for the bottom dump as well as the port. Its rotating racking arm allows for samples to be taken at varying levels. It is sealable and pressurizable for adding cO2 directly to the container.

It has been designed to fit within an upright freezer for cooling. This is in contrast to some of the competition. From their website: "We get regular requests for jacketed or solid-state cooling devised for our line of conicals. While our competitor offers these, they are very expensive and have limited performance. While we would stand to make more money on the sale of these products, we don't feel that it is the best or most economical solution.".

Below are the available sizes. The same set of features are standard regardless of size.

ProductSizePrice
Fermenator7 gallon$569
Fermenator14.5 gallon$599
Fermenator27 gallon$799
Fermenator42 gallon$1,239

MoreBeer! - Conical Fermenters

MoreBeer! produces a range in sizes of conical fermenters. They are proud of the interior welding which is intended to reduce any pockets or nooks where bacteria could end up and live out its days. They have a pro series line that is equipped with some of the same features as professional brewing equipment. The MoreBeer! fermenters are equipped with stainless steel lids, and inline handles. Their models also support the use of an external or wrap cooling and heating device, so that temperature can be maintained. See the table below for more information.

ProductSizePrice
MoreBeer! Conical Fermenter7.1 gallon$519 - $795
MoreBeer! Conical Fermenter12.2 gallon$549 - $800
MoreBeer! Conical Fermenter24 gallon$975

  • FastFerment Conical Fermenter, 7.9 gallon

    Product Features

    • Consistent batches
    • Primary & secondary fermentation in the same container
    • No transfers & no racking - 80% less work
    • Better quality product with no sediment contamination
    • Ability to harvest yeast & save 100s

    Description

    • FastFerment makes it easy to brew and clean with a 6" removable screw top lid. At 7.9 US gallons/30 liters, the FastFerment is made for 5 or 6.5 US gallon batches with blow offs. The FastFerment comes with an easy wall mounting system that mounts to standard 16" wall studs. It also has a flat-bottomed collection ball for yeast harvesting - you can save 100's & harvest your yeast strains. In addition, there are temperature monitoring capabilities with a brass thermowell included. Accessories including a small stand, carrying strap, thermometer and extra collection balls are available.
  • Strange Brew Fast Ferment Plastic Wall Mount Conical Fermenter(Stand Not Included), 7.9 gallon

    Product Features

    • Primary & secondary fermentation in the same container
    • No transfers & no racking - 80% less work
    • Better quality product with no sediment contamination
    • Increased sanitation with less contamination & less oxygen exposure
    • Wall mount included, does not include floor stand

    Description

    • The fast ferment is the only conical fermenter with a collection capsule at the base. With the collection capsule, you will be able to take sediment or trub from the bottom -- no more racking. If you're making wine, you can either bottle or filter directly from the unit. If you're making beer, you can prime the beer through the opening on the top, open the valve and bottle. Or just open the valve and run the line into your keg. Capacity is 7.9 gallons. Please note that this Fast Ferment is a wall-mounted unit and needs to be installed on a concrete wall or anchored into wooden (not metal) studs. Wall mount is included. Does not include floor stand.
  • BrewDemon Conical Fermenter (Clear)

    Product Features

    • The World's first small batch conical fermenting system!
    • Perfect for making 2 to 2.5 gallon batches of cider, beer, wine or mead
    • Its tall profile and smooth-durable inner surface makes for easy transfer into your bottles
    • Comes with an adjustable flow spigot and our unique CO2 venting system (no airlock needed)
    • Upgradeable to an airlock or blow off tube. Completely reusable

    Description

    • Brew like the pros with our revolutionary new Clear 2-Gallon Fermenting System. Perfect for making hard ciders or for those beer lovers that enjoy watching the fermentation take place. Great for brewing beer, hard cider and wine. Each fermenter is made of a heat resistant, food grade PVC plastic that does not impart any flavor into your beer or hard cider. The conical design allows for easy transfer of your beer into bottles while that pesky trub (inactive yeast and other unwelcome items) stays securely at the bottom. Features large opening for easy access, a seamless spigot hole with an adjustable flow spigot, plus a unique and versatile CO2 venting system which allows you to upgrade to an airlock or blow off tube.

Advantages of Stainless Steel Conical Fermenters

  • Design - Conical fermenters are made for fermenting beer, wine, or other alcholoic beverages, by allowing sediment and trub to collect at the bottom. This is easily removed or salvaged with the use of valves on the bottom of the devices.
  • Materials - The stainless steel conical fermenters are made with materials that are scratch and corrosion resistant, meaning it will last a lifetime.
  • Features - These products are manufactured with the brewer in mind, and provide all of the features needed to ease the process.

Disadvantages of Stainless Steel Conical Fermenters

  • Cost - You pay for what you get, but stainless steel conical fermenters may be one of the most expensive pieces of hardware i nyour brewing collection
  • Size - There is a minimum size for each of the fermenters listed. These may not be ideal when dealing with smaller batches or meads, as it is overkill. The size of the containers will take up space in home brewery wherever that may be.