Use and Care

There are three reasons why small batch brewers, home brewers and home wine makers buy our minibrew fermenters, mash tuns and hot liquor tank. Less work, less expensive and more fun. There is more, now you can make your favorite beverage with professionally designed small batch equipment. See fermenter, mash tun or hot liquor tank on the front page menu. Beer, wine, mead, teas, you name it.  You’ll be happy you joined the “Small Batch Gang.” The flavor is up to you. Our heavy duty polyethylene equipment is completely inert. It will not change the taste. When deciding what size fermenter to buy use the size requested in the recipe or the size you plan to brew on a regular basis.

Easy to clean and sterilize. All popular cleaning and sterilizing agents can be used on our plastic (HDPE) fermenters. They will not harm the inert plastic material. Water at 180 degrees is also an excellent sterilizing agent. The heat will sink into the plastic and all the parts, killing any bacteria. This procedure works with stainless also. The large top makes it easy to get inside. If the trub had dried soak it off do not use steel wool or other sharp objects that my scratch the plastic. However, we have found it easier to clean while the trub is still moist.

Scratches. One need not worry about tiny scratches in plastic or stainless. There are two answers to the problem and both are easy. First do nothing. Leave the scratch, clean it with a soft brush and sterilize with hot water. The second answer is to remove the scratch by cutting down the sides. Use a dull knife drawing it toward you, scraping away the plastic. Grinding and buffing scratches in stainless steel is complicated.  Stainless Steel has a thin layer of specialty steel that if worn through or scratched will expose the intern layer allowing the metal to rust.