Help Support Aussie Homebrewer by donating:

  1. We have implemented the ability to gift someone a Supporting Membership now! When you access the Upgrade page there is now a 'Gift' button. Once you click that you can enter a username to gift an account Upgrade to. Great way to help support this forum plus give some kudos to anyone who has helped you.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice

Fermzilla

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by Nullnvoid, 1/7/19.

 

  1. KegLand-com-au

    www.KegLand.com.au - A Land of Stainless Steel AHB Sponsor

    Joined:
    7/1/18
    Messages:
    1,036
    Likes Received:
    695
    Occupation:
    KegLand Distribution
    Location:
    Australia
    Home Page:
    Posted 31/7/19
    When we distributed the Fermentasaurus it was a common customer complaint that the opening was not big enough which is why we designed the FermZilla with a much larger opening at the top. Certainly it's possible to ferment with very small openings. Some customers ferment in juice bottles and also get good results. With that said it's not preferable but the vast number of customers that we talk to. Having a fermenter that you can get your arm inside and wipe off the krausen is something that many customers have specially said they want. We sell these Cubes for $9.95 and if they really made such good fermenters I am sure we would see a lot of people choosing this very inexpensive option. I think if we sold this as our recommended fermenter we would have a lot of customer complaints.
     
  2. Schikitar

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26/3/17
    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    312
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Tasmania
    Posted 31/7/19
    Well I personally love the idea of a cheaper, flat bottomed or domed Fermzilla, I'd be keen to use them as kegs or for the ocassional ferment where I'm not fussed about dumping out the bottom valve. The most attractive part is the clear PET material, but I should say it would hold more value to me if it is heat resistant (unlike the Fermzilla)..
     
  3. Reg Holt

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29/1/19
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    127
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Posted 31/7/19
    Me too, the only reason I mentioned Kegerator was to indicate the minimum size needed, doesn't necessarily mean they are cheaper to run either.
     
  4. SpaceClef

    Pro Pro

    Joined:
    10/5/16
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 6/8/19
    First batch is in the fermzilla currently chugging away at 12 psi. Had no dramas with holding pressure which was nice.

    I did stupidly assume that the o rings supplied with the unit needed to be installed before use, so I dissembled the whole thing (kinda helpful to know how to do it for future reference I guess).

    Kinda tricky opening the collection container without spillage but i guess it’s a matter of getting used to it. Presumably you have to depressurise the whole unit before shutting off the butterfly value and unscrewing the collection container?
     
    Substance likes this.
  5. TheBeerBaron

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    27/11/18
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    106
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Posted 6/8/19
    I closed the butterfly valve, and slowly cracked the bottle cap on the collection container to release pressure. Then unscrewed the whole thing. You do get a bit of mess but all in all, quite fuss free.
     
    Substance and SpaceClef like this.
  6. Ferment8

    Pro Pro

    Joined:
    17/12/18
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    61
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Bunbury
    Posted 6/8/19
    I'll definitely be using a tray or container under the collection jar next time i take it off.
     
  7. TheBeerBaron

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    27/11/18
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    106
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Posted 6/8/19
    Yep, I used an old shallow metal pie dish I stole from the kitchen!
     
  8. Ferment8

    Pro Pro

    Joined:
    17/12/18
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    61
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Bunbury
    Posted 6/8/19
    That's pretty much what i was thinking!
     
  9. Thriftee

    New Member

    Joined:
    23/7/19
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Posted 6/8/19
  10. Mya

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/11/18
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    22
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    New zealand
    Posted 7/8/19
    On the duotight fitting page:

    No clamps necessary!
    We do recommend cutting your hosing straight, not on an angle, to ensure the line has a complete seal. To remove the fitting simply push in the collet and the hose can be removed. These push in fittings are suitable to be used up to 100 psi.
     
    Substance likes this.
  11. Thomas Wood

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    5/6/18
    Messages:
    154
    Likes Received:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Front End Developer
    Location:
    Newcastle
    Posted 7/8/19
    In the video they used a Frisbee underneath. Did that today and it worked perfectly. No mess left the jar/Frisbee
     
  12. BrEWinther

    New Member

    Joined:
    31/7/19
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Denmark
    Posted 11/8/19
    Greetings, Australia. I've registered her so I could ask @KegLand-com-au this:

    I've just taken delivery of FermZilla 27L and I'm looking forward to using on my next brew day.
    However, before I can do that, I need to clean it. That's where I run into problems. From the FermZilla manual:

    9.Only use chemical cleaners and sanitizers that are approved by Kegland. These include:
    a) Super Kill Ethyl Sanitiser Spray (KL05371)
    b) StellarSan (mixed to the correct specification) (KL05357)
    c) StellarClean (KL05494)

    - none of which are available here in Denmark


    My question to KegLand is:

    Which, if any, of the following products that are available here can I use to clean and sanitize my new FermZilla


    Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (spray)
    http://datablade.novadan.dk/dokumenter/1083-1-en.pdf
    http://datablade.novadan.dk/dokumenter/1083-2-en.pdf


    Five Star:

    PBW
    StarSan
    SaniClean
    https://www.fivestarchemicals.com/breweries/homebrewing/products/


    Chemipro ® OXI
    https://www.brouwland.com/en/our-products/cleaning/cleaning-products/d/chemipro-oxi-1-kg-fles


    VWP Cleaner/Sterilizer
    https://www.vwpcleanersteriliser.co.uk/


    Grainfather High Performance Cleaner
    https://shop.grainfather.com/high-performance-cleaner-500g.html



    Thanks in advance.
     
  13. Lindsten

    New Member

    Joined:
    19/8/19
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Sweden
    Posted 19/8/19
    Hello!

    I have my first beer fermenting in my new fermzilla right now. It’s a pilsner fermented with 34/70. It has fermented 2v now. 1 week in 54F and 1 week in 60F. It has fermenting under pressure from start (~18psi).

    How do I get the last yeast down in the bottom? 65C389F8-2E95-467A-A5C4-2D762A9BC6BB.jpeg
     
    Substance likes this.
  14. Substance

    New Member

    Joined:
    10/3/19
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Gladstone Queensland
    Home Page:
    Posted 19/8/19
    G'day Lads & Ladettes,
    only been brewing a year odd with 34 brews under the belt
    grabbed the long awaited Fermzilla in 27L and finished my 1st brew in it a All In Brew Citra Pale Ale with 100g of Citra hops added on day 4 via the bottom entry, which certainly woke it up when I cracked it, so might need a bit more pressure closer to the main vessel left in the bottom tub after the purge to sedate it a bit.
    as noted i did it as a pressurized brew fermentation (also a 1st) at about 10 psi using the Bowtie valve setup followed by a pressurized transfer to direct to keg, what a better way this is, like keg to keg so damn easy

    so far so good, absolute no issues with my unit no dents or leaks (or spills) or anything so far

    my only question or issue is,
    how do we check the Final gravity if the beer is already carbonated, as i am of the understanding that it is only accurate if checking the wort precarbonation to determine final alcohol value ? ?
    sorry if i missed this somewhere and its been answered else where

    cheers & keep up the great work
     
  15. nathanvonbeerenstein

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    14/11/12
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    53
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    wantirna, melbourne
    Posted 20/8/19
    Cold crashing will help get the last of the yeast, as will giving it a very gentle circular swirl if all else fails.
     
  16. Schikitar

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26/3/17
    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    312
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Tasmania
    Posted 20/8/19
    You can definitely use Isopropyl spray, StarSan and PBW at normal dosage rates, I'm not familiar with the other items you listed but these ones inparticular will be fine!
     
  17. Lindsten

    New Member

    Joined:
    19/8/19
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Sweden
    Posted 20/8/19
    I will try that! I leave a report later on the result
     
  18. Dan Pratt

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    28/1/10
    Messages:
    3,263
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 21/8/19
    also just turn the valve a few times and it should fall through that space.

    actually dissapointed it still does that after making the base neck of the FV larger.....
     
  19. Grmblz

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    19/6/17
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    70
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    As little as possible
    Location:
    Far South Coast NSW
    Posted 21/8/19
     
    Substance likes this.
  20. TheBeerBaron

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    27/11/18
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    106
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Posted 21/8/19
    The yeast on the sides of the cone above the valve probably won’t fall into the collection container even with cold crash.. I think it’s just a fine layer that gets stuck to the inside of the cone..
     

Share This Page