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Ss BrewTech Chronical Fermenter - 14 gal.
FE814
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Description

If you’re a dedicated homebrewer who is ready to upgrade to a conical, this is a great choice! With these features at this price point “The Chronical” 14 gallon conical fermenter is hard to beat!
 
The Chronical has a 60° cone, terminating in a Full Port 1.5” opening, making dumping trub through the included elbow and ball valve a breeze! Sanitary TIG welded fittings ensure years of rust-free, contamination-free brewing! A Rotating Racking Arm (patent pending) is set halfway up the cone, allowing for the racking of trub free beer, regardless of how high your trub reaches.
 
A weldless thermowell allows for easy temperature monitoring and control. Use a Ranco or Johnson Digital Temperature Controller with the Chronical to dial in your fermenter’s temperature to the degree.
 
The Chronical's lid is easy to remove, and sealed in place with a molded silicone gasket. Six spring-loaded Lid Clamps hold the lid in place, providing an airtight seal, and can be pressurized to 5 PSI for easy transfers (see You Might Also Need Section below for our CO2 Adapter with Pressure Gauge). Laser Etched Gallon Markers inside show what volume of brew you’re working with. Full capacity to the rim of fermenter is 13 gallons, and with domed lid and a blowoff setup (see You Might Also Need section below), ferments can go cleanly! Sturdy stainless legs allow for clean and easy access to racking and dump valves.
 
Features:
  • Certified Food Grade 304 Stainless Steel Construction
  • Patent Pending Stainless Steel Rotating Racking Arm
  • 13 Gallon Capacity (w/o lid)
  • 60° cone for clean yeast harvesting
  • NEW weldless thermowell (included)
  • 1.5” Tri-Clamp Fittings (lid, side, bottom)
  • Stackable design minimizes footprint and maximizes ferment space!
  • Molded Silicone Gasket for airtight Lid seal.  
  • Pressure relief valve included
  • Six Spring-Loaded Lid Clamps hold Lid in place
  • Silicone Stopper with Hole (Airlock not included)
  • Pressurizeable to 5 PSI for Transfers
  • Electrically etched (not painted) gallon markings
  • TIG Sanitary Welds - Easy to Clean, Long-lasting!
  • 36" from feet to very top of lid / 14.5" wide
 
Item # FE814
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 37LBS
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Can you brew 5 gal batches as well ? Is the thermo well low enough ?
Mike Galli on Aug 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It takes 4 gallons to cover the thermowell. You can do 5 gallon batches but count for 1/2 gallon being left behind after racking.
Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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Good quality, good service. Thanks
April 5, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Homebrew must have!
Used to brew in glass carboys for 24 years. Now I can brew my Omnible's Red Headed Mumbler in triple batches and not have to worry about running out in a week. Great for kegging and bottling. (Tip: Bottle 2 cases to give out to friends to get them hooked, then they have to come over to have more out of the kegs. ;))
January 31, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Excellent product for the price point.
I purchased mine in 2014 along with the FTS. I'll try to point out componentry and score based on a 5-point system as this unit would compare with competitors with a 5 being a high score.

The details in this fermenter are what I would expect from a Chinese fabricator. While the finish and welds are nice, they aren't up to the standard of American or German manufacturers. I initially really liked the gallon marks etched on the inside of the fermenter, but in application, I never have the top of the fermenter removed when I am knocking out from the kettle. Additionally, I punched the sides of the fermenter to mount my FTS vertically. Overall, not bad in this department, but definitely room for improvement. 3.5

Fittings. This is where this unit stands apart from its competitors. TC fittings are standard with the exception of the thermowell (I asked if I could get the unit without that hole drilled because I didn't want to deal with a threaded fitting, but the thermowell is nice, and if you run the FTS it is a must-have). Unfortunately, I got mine with the 3-piece ball valves as the butterfly valves weren't yet an offering. The 3-piece ball valves are the only reason why this score is a 4.5 and not a 5. If butterflys were standard, this would be a 5 by a long way. Vastly superior to competitors in this price range. 4.5

Adjustable feet. Great for making the fermenter stand level, but they're a bit of a pain to operate unless you have help. If you have tile like I do, you are constantly fidgeting with the adjustments from one place to the next (I knockout about 20 feet away from where I ferment, typically). Not the end of the world, but not as effective as the three-legged Blichmann (I have one of those as well). 3.5

Lid/gasket combo. The gasket is great. Easy in, easy out, easy to clean silicone. The lid has a pressure relief valve, though a bit hokier than others on the market, but it definitely does the trick. The clamps which hold the lid secure are considerably better than the screw-clamp that the Blichmann and the MoreBeer fermenters use. But they're not perfect. From day one, I have had to use a run of racking tube between the top of the lid, and the bottom of the clamps to tighten the seal. I transfer directly to kegs under CO2, and while you can do that with this fermenter (at 3.5 psi, which is plenty to get the job done; 5 psi would go faster, though), I wasn't able to without my MacGyver'd lid/clamp solution. Mine could be a one-off, or they could have addressed this, but it was an easy solution on my part. Having said that, I wish I wouldn't have had to do that. 4

FTS should really be reviewed separately, but I will say the motor is virtually silent, and when mounted to the side, the coil is incredibly efficient with just an ice block (I use 2-liter coke bottles filled with ice) bath until I want to get into the low 40s (I ferment my lagers in the 50s, so this is really only for cold crashing which isn't effective without a glycol chiller). This was easily the best $275.00 I have spent since I started brewing. 5 (I'd give it more than that, but I don't believe in extra credit)

Overall, I usually use this fermenter if I'm only doing a single batch instead of the Fermenator. I like both, but for the price, this is a much more user-friendly product, and you can produce beers with it that the Fermenator by itself can't (lagers). Out of a total of 5 starts, I'd give this product a 4.2, and though there is room for improvement, the things that need it aren't overly critical.
April 7, 2017
Awesome.
Well made, easy to clean, and 100% reliable when used with their temp control setup. And as long as you hose it out after draining/racking there's never a need to scrub it and screw it up!
June 1, 2016
Stainless pits after 1 year
BEWARE; this is a temporary piece of equipment. I've owned this fermenter for over a year and I have pitting in the fermenter body where wort touches it only. I've contacted SSBrewtech and Michael told me I used it "outside the products specifications" and Stainless ONLY pits from reactive chemicals, such as Chloride, which is found in everyday items such as salt or bleach.? I have not used any of these products so to tell me I have is not a professional way of handling this situation. I've only used the recommended cleaners and sanitizers (PBW and Starsan). I am a material testing professional engineer so I would never use non-recommended products on my fermenter and purposely destroy it. I clean all of my other stainless steel equipment the same way and do not have any pitting on my other equipment. The fittings and lid are not pitting and they are cleaned the same way too. Michael also said, We have shipped roughly 10K Chronicals and Brew Buckets all over the world made from the same 304 stainless materials and have never seen the etching or pitting that you are experiencing.  So he is telling me that 100% of all their products are perfect? There couldn?t be a 1/100 of one percent chance that one is bad? I wanted to ship the shell back and have it replaced and give them a second chance because I was looking to buy a larger fermenter but now I most defiantly will not purchase from Ss Brewing Technologies again.
April 19, 2016
Response from MoreFlavor
This is a very helpful review. Knowing how Michael handled it is exactly what I needed to know about SS Brewtech. If they actually have shipped 10K units, what's so difficult about replacing one?

MoreBeer should take up your case and get this replaced if SS treats the little guy poorly.
December 14, 2017
Jordan Brandt
Response from MoreFlavor
This is a very helpful review. Knowing how Michael handled it is exactly what I needed to know about SS Brewtech. If they actually have shipped 10K units, what's so difficult about replacing one?

MoreBeer should take up your case and get this replaced if SS treats the little guy poorly.
December 22, 2017
Jordan Brandt
Absolutely amazing
I've owned this fermenter since Aug 2015, and I love it. I'd been researching/drooling over conicals for about 2 years before this came on the market. I finally pulled the trigger on this one because the price point was good, and it included a lot of things that other conical makers sold as additional items (nicer ball valves, racking arm, etc).

Since this was a fairly big decision for me, I exchanged a few emails directly with SS Brewtech before clicking the Buy button. Customer service was amazing. Responses were often within minutes, and never more than 24 hours.

In the end I bought this along with the FTSs temp control system (also available on morebeer). I'm not going to claim the beer now tastes significantly better compared to carboys in a regulated fridge (what i was switching over from), but my enjoyment factor has definitely gone up. No more better bottles to carefully brush while trying not to scratch them!

Another perk is that I actually do gravity samples during fermentation now. With the better bottles I was always shy to dip the wine thief in because I didn't want to create one more possible contamination encounter. With the chronical I do a gravity check on every batch to make sure it has gotten down to where I want it to be.

There are a few accessories that you can only find directly on the SS Brewtech website that are also worth checking out (like a drill bit that allows you to mount the FTSs coil vertically).

If you're ready to take the plunge on a conical, get this one. You won't regret it.

P.S. I know this was an extremely glowing review. I promise I don't work for SS and they never asked me to write a review or give me any incentive to do so. If i could attach pictures to this review, I'd attach one of my personal setup so you could see this in action.
January 8, 2016