Stout CF15TW-SH 15Gal­lon Con­i­cal

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Solidly well-built, wide and low sys­tem that’s easy to clean and easy on the eyes

Test lab notes

The fin­ish in­side and out of the fer­men­tor is beau­ti­ful and sur­pris­ingly easy to clean—from a con­struc­tion stand­point, the welds are ex­e­cuted well with tri-clamp fit­tings for easy trans­fer and sam­pling. For our test, we used their base model fer­men­tor with the rack­ing arm, ther­mow­ell, sam­pling valve, and lid equipped with a blowoff tube. Across the mul­ti­ple fer­men­ta­tions we per­formed, we never had any is­sue with clogged valves, leak­ing, or san­i­ta­tion-based in­fec­tion. The large lid made it easy to toss in ad­juncts as well as get them back out and clean the fer­men­tor when we were done.

One batch we tested was a sai­son, which we the­o­rized would ben­e­fit from the lower and wider tank ge­om­e­try, but tast­ing the fin­ished batch (that we split across mul­ti­ple fer­men­tors) could not prove a con­clu­sive ben­e­fit.

Stout’s prod­uct lineup is one of the most di­verse we’ve seen, with op­tions to sat­isfy al­most any­one’s pe­cu­liar needs. The only down­side is the price, but you get what you pay for in most cir­cum­stances, and this one is no dif­fer­ent.

Price: $543 Man­u­fac­turer: Stout Tanks and Ket­tles

Avail­able from: con­i­cal-fer­menter .com

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