Previously only available to large scale breweries stainless steel conical fermentors are becoming increasingly more popular amongst home brewers. These newly developed small profile conical fermentors are perfect for home brewers and nano breweries ranging in size from as small as 7 gallons to over 80 gallons. Much like traditional large scale conical fermentors, these home brewing conical fermentors are very similar in construction. Many are constructed out of food grade stainless steel and feature a conical bottom with multiple outlet valves permitting home beer brewers to both harvest yeast for future batches and to remove the yeast and sediment from their fermentor to help keep the beer cleaner and avoid potential unwanted off flavors caused by the aging yeast.
A few of the primary benefits of stainless steel conical fermentors over a home brewing glass carboy or plastic fermentation bucket are as follows. Stainless steel conical fermentors are incredibly durable and can last you a life time if cared for and maintained properly. Unlike glass or clear plastic carboys, stainless steel conical fermentors do not pass light, eliminating oxidation from UV light. The majority of stainless steel fermentors have internal racking arms allowing a home brewer to transfer their beer without the need of an external racking cane or siphon. This feature is wonderful because it reduces the amount of oxygen that comes in contact with your beer. Additionally, some conical fermentors are capable of being pressurized, allowing a home brewer to transfer using a CO2 tank to a CO2 purged keg or bottle even further lowering the possibility of oxidation.
Conical fermentors typically range in price from just above $200 to well above $2,000 for the larger and or more sophisticated fermentors.
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