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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: Fast­brew­

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