A flexible and feature-rich system on a budget
Test lab notes
The Fastferment is another great no-transfer fermentation option, reducing the risk of infection and oxidation (and making fewer vessels to clean). The conical design has enough slope to entirely gravity feed their collection ball for yeast harvesting and trub removal (others we tested left some yeast on the fermentor walls). When testing this unit, we opted to wall mount the fermentor and use the Brewjacket for temperature control. This allowed us to get the fermentor up out of the way at a height that’s easy to pull samples from while maintaining our desired temperature.
While the system doesn’t come built with a sampling port, thermometer, or floor stand, they offer them for a small price, and given the base cost of $99.99, it’s still a good deal for an advanced brewer who might have multiple projects going at the same time. Aside from concerns with plastic and oxygen permeation (which we could not taste in our finished beer), the only downside we experienced was not being able to see the beer ferment.
Price: $99.99 Manufacturer: Fastferment
Available from: Fastbrewing.com