Fermenator™

$479.99
In stock
SKU
aFermentor

We've added modular extensions to our Fermenator™ line of conical fermentors!  Increase the capacity of your 14 gallon Fermenator™ to 25 gallons gross, your 27 gallon Fermenator™ to 60 gallons gross, and your 42 gallon Fermenator™ to a massive 80 gallons gross! 

Worried about pesky bacteria hiding in the cracks of welds in your conical fermentor? Or the sort of porosity you find in all welds, which can cause leaks? The Fermenator™ from Blichmann Engineering™ is the only weld-free interior fermentor on the market! Everything that touches your beer is heavy-gauge stainless steel or FDA-approved silicone. And the Fermenator's™ surface where the fittings penetrate are smooth, with no weld "ripples," so it's easy to clean and sanitize. Our optimized design, identical to hydraulic systems under thousands of PSI, is also guaranteed to be 100% leak-free. Even the lid seal can be fully immersed under pressure! Weld-free fittings give you the peace of mind that comes with clean, bacteria-free beer.

Note: The optional extensions are rolled and welded construction, but are 100% US made and welded and ground on precision robotic machinery.

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Fermenator™ (Left) vs. Competitor (Right)

Easy-to-Clean Weld-Free Fittings: All fittings used for the bottom dump and rotating racking arm are stainless steel, high-quality industrial fittings. Because our fittings can be removed from the tank, they are easy to clean and replace as well as sanitize, boil or autoclave. Last, but not least, weld-free fittings allow you to orient the dump valve in any position you desire.

Rotating Racking Arm: The rotating racking arm is standard equipment, just like the huge conical fermentors used by craft brewers. This feature lets you start your siphon with the racking arm horizontal and rotate it slowly downward until you just start picking up yeast sediment – the best and only way to siphon clear beer! Using the racking arm prevents wasted beer or sediment in your kegs. This exclusive, revolutionary design utilizes stainless flare fittings, in which bacteria can't hide. The valve handle shows you the position of the racking arm at all times. 

Lid Hatch: This generously sized lid opening offers you easy, sanitary access to minimize exposure of fermentables to oxidation and bacterial contamination when dry-hopping or adding finings. It's also much easier to pitch yeast than pouring it through the small stopper hole.

Bolted Leg System: Our channel-shaped legs offer improved strength and appearance. An exclusive welding process is utilized to install fasteners on the tank wall, leaving the interior of the tank absolutely spotless and superior to TIG-welded designs in which weld distortion (rippling) is unavoidable. These legs can be replaced in minutes if they are accidentally damaged, and, most importantly, they are affixed to the tank so cleaning is much easier than if the tank simply sits on a stand.

Pressure-Capable Stainless Lid: Just like the big breweries, use CO2 pressure to pump your finished beer up to 6 feet above your fermenter to your kegs. This eliminates the need to elevate the fermentor above the kegs or bottling bucket. This is ideal for chest freezers but is not intended for carbonation.

Wine-Makers: The sealing system is far superior to wine tanks and completely impervious to oxygen, forming a 100% pressure- and vacuum-tight seal so there's no need for a floating lid. Most stainless wine fermenting tanks have a loose-fitting lid for primary fermentation (to vent gas) and a floating lid for secondary fermentation (to prevent oxygen infiltration). This floating lid has an inflatable seal "tire" with a “bicycle pump” and must be checked periodically to be sure it hasn't deflated. It is also a source of bacterial contamination from fermentation material on the walls of the fermentor. During primary (alcoholic) fermentation the CO2 from fermentation blankets and protects the wine from oxidation.  After complete fermentation has been verified, simply apply a positive pressure of an inert gas like Nitrogen or Argon with a low pressure regulator to keep oxygen out.  During sampling and dumping the lees, the regulator will replace the drained wine and keep oxygen from entering.

Improved Lid Seal: An exclusive bead molded into the seal profile offers improved sealing on the tank lip and further protection of your fermentables from contamination. Its top-quality silicone material has improved bond strength for excellent sealing and temperature capability for long life. Plus, the softer material conforms better to the irregular tank surface for outstanding sealing capability far superior to all competitors.

Folding Handles: They fold neatly away when not in use and stay connected to the unit at all times!

fermentor handle

The 27 and 42 gallon Fermenator™ cannot be moved when full due to the weight of the unit. When empty, all units are light enough to easily be carried by the handles.

Ultra Low-Profile Design: The Fermenator™ can easily be placed in a variety of full-sized refrigerator or freezer for maintaining fermentation temperatures. (See the Data tab for dimensions.) And check out the FAQ tab to learn how economical and easy it is to convert a freezer into the ultimate lagering chamber!

Leg Pads: Plastic leg pads protect your counters and refrigerator from scratches.

Leg Extensions: Optional bolt-on leg extensions raise the unit for easy transfer into a Cornelius keg. This is a great feature for taking the hassle out of racking your finished beer. 

Minimum interior refrigerator space required.  Volumes listed are approximate gross capacities.

Wide Deep High
7 gal model 15 15 27
14 gal 18.5 18.5 31.25
14 gal with extension (25 gal gross) 18.5 18.5 45.75
27 gal 24 24 35.75
27 gal with extension (60 gal gross) 24 24 60.75
42 gal 24 24 48.75
42 gal with extension (80 gal gross) 24 24 73.75
Leg extensions - - add 18"
Casters  (not available for 60 and 80 gal models) add 8" add 4" add 3.25"

Note: It is recommended that you have at least 1" clearance on all sides. Dimensions shown above do not include this clearance.  Dimensions also do not include airlock, which is not used in a refrigerator. For low-clearance installations, use the provided 90° elbow on the stopper and remote-locate the airlock. For upright freezers and refrigerators, it is recommended that you have 4 to 6" of clearance above the unit if you wish to dry-hop or add finings through the lid hatch.

Feature
FermenatorStainless Conical
B3 Stainless Conical
Plastic

Conicals

Weldless Spot-Free Interior
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
CO2 Pumping

(Pressurizeable)

Standard
Standard
Not Available
Removable / Replaceable Fittings*
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Directional Bottom Dump **
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Stainless Steel Lid
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Rotating Racking Arm
Standard
Standard
Option
Lid Hatch
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Bolt-On Stainless Legs
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Beaded Lid Seal
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Folding Handles
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Low-Profile Design #
Yes
No
No
90° Bottom Dump Elbow
Standard
Standard
Option
Leg Extensions
Option
Option
Not Available
Scratch- / Scouring-Resistant?
Yes
Yes
No

*All competitors' units have welded fittings. The Fermenator™ has the only fully replaceable, 100% leak-free fitting design. If a threaded fitting or sanitary fitting on a competitor's unit gets damaged or wears out, the fitting cannot be replaced without cutting and welding, or replacing the entire tank assembly.

The Fermenator™ is compact enough to fit in a typical refrigerator.