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Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 04:55:30 PM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 05:35:19 PM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 05:40:31 PM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

If it's in a chest freezer, does it matter? Do you take the fun out of everything?  ;)
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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 05:42:46 PM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

If it's in a chest freezer, does it matter?

I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 05:46:35 PM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

If it's in a chest freezer, does it matter?

I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

Cool. Back to the caves I suppose...
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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2016, 06:06:35 PM »
Isn't it mostly ultraviolet light that skunks beer? I like to see what's taking place, I know what is happening but still love to see it. I do not harvest yeast so the Catalyst is not something I would look at getting but I have thought about switching to some sort of wide mouth plastic fermenter.

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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2016, 06:08:27 PM »
I don't like the price. They don't have handles which mean moving it outside of the stand would be a PIA and the stand is too big for my chest freezer.

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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2016, 06:09:50 PM »
Isn't it mostly ultraviolet light that skunks beer? I like to see what's taking place, I know what is happening but still love to see it. I do not harvest yeast so the Catalyst is not something I would look at getting but I have thought about switching to some sort of wide mouth plastic fermenter.

I transfer directly from the spigot of my speidel and I always end up transferring some yeast. Even if not reusing yeast, it would be a benefit for me to remove the yeast completely before transferring. I guess I should just be looking for a conical in general...
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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2016, 06:10:49 PM »
I don't like the price. They don't have handles which mean moving it outside of the stand would be a PIA and the stand is too big for my chest freezer.

Both great points. Moving it would be PITA
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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2016, 06:26:35 PM »
I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

A VERY hoppy beer in direct string sunlight, yeas...I've seen it in as little as 5 minutes.  But I can't see it being a problem in 99% of cases.
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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2016, 06:35:03 PM »
I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

A VERY hoppy beer in direct string sunlight, yeas...I've seen it in as little as 5 minutes.  But I can't see it being a problem in 99% of cases.

The only experience I have with skunked homebrew is when I have been outside on a sunny day with it in a clear glass. This is the least of my worries....
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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2016, 06:39:52 PM »
I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

A VERY hoppy beer in direct string sunlight, yeas...I've seen it in as little as 5 minutes.  But I can't see it being a problem in 99% of cases.

Is corona a very hoppy beer? How about ever other beer in clear or green bottles.

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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2016, 06:46:15 PM »
I transfer directly from the spigot of my speidel and I always end up transferring some yeast. Even if not reusing yeast, it would be a benefit for me to remove the yeast completely before transferring. I guess I should just be looking for a conical in general...

I have thought about the same thing. A conical of some sorts would be cool. But I agree, moving this thing around seems awkward. Getting it down into a chest freezer for fermentation would be interesting.

How do you like those Speidel fermenters anyway?

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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2016, 06:51:16 PM »
Is corona a very hoppy beer? How about ever other beer in clear or green bottles.

No, and it also won't skunk in minutes.  When I used it for a BJCP exam it to 5-7 days to truly get it skunky.  And no matter, it's still a lot longer than a clear fermenter going into a closed chamber would be exposed to light.
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Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2016, 06:55:46 PM »
I transfer directly from the spigot of my speidel and I always end up transferring some yeast. Even if not reusing yeast, it would be a benefit for me to remove the yeast completely before transferring. I guess I should just be looking for a conical in general...

I have thought about the same thing. A conical of some sorts would be cool. But I agree, moving this thing around seems awkward. Getting it down into a chest freezer for fermentation would be interesting.

How do you like those Speidel fermenters anyway?

I love mine. I have adjusted to get a higher final volume however I am still trying to eek out as much beer as possible which leads to some yeast transfer. I may have to increase my volumes again so that I get more than enough.
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