I have been brewing for quite a while now and over the years I have purchased a lot of home beer brewing equipment. This 7 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter may be my best home brew purchase. Initially when I started out home brewing, I was fermenting in 6 gallon glass carboys. I would use two of them, one for primary fermentation and the other for secondary fermentation. They were heavy, took up a lot of space, were difficult to move around, did not shield my homebrew from light, were a pain in the ass to clean and I had broken at least 2 of them over the years when they either cracked or the top sheared off when coming in contact with the ground. Worst of all was knowing that if I had dropped one while relocating it that I was probably in for a trip to the hospital because those broken fragments of glass are sharper than knives.
This SSBrewTech conical fermenter on the other hand is honestly the perfect fermentation vessel for home beer brewing in my opinion. It holds 7 gallons of fermenting beer, wine or cider; which is the perfect size for a 5 gallon batch. It allows you to both dump trub and harvest yeast via its large 1.5″ valve at the conical base, it has a rotating racking arm, which I upgraded to MoreBeer’s ultimate racking arm. That is an upgrade that I would highly recommend.
It does not allow light to come in contact with your home brew, you can conduct CO2 transfers to eliminate any contact with oxygen, comes with a thermowell for temperature regulation, fits in most chest freezers (if you reduce the leg size) and is incredible easy to clean. In addition to that it is inexpensive for a high end piece of stainless steel home brewing equipment. MoreBeer currently has them on sale for just $399 and they ship for free! If you are looking to buy a stainless steel conical fermenter, they can be purchased here.
I have been using mine for I think right about 2 1/2 years now and it has been worth every penny that I paid for it. It is high quality and the handles on the side are welded strong, so I never need to worry about one busting off, even when it is fully loaded!