Fermenters and Brewing Equipment

What is a Fermenter?

Fermentation tanks, or more commonly fermenters, are key components in beer and kombucha brewing. Fermenters are specialized tanks designed to precisely control temperature and maintain the optimal conditions for fermentation, which occurs once the wort has been transferred from the brewhouse to the fermenter; a conical-bottom design is highly recommended for fermenters allowing for easier yeast harvesting.

Why Select a PKW Fermenter?

PKW Fermenter 3D

Portland Kettle Works’ fermenters have earned a reputation as some of the most consistent performing, fastest crashing, and eye-catching brewery tanks to be found anywhere. Our fermenters will shorten your work day while continuing to provide a return on your investment for years to come.

Portland Kettle Works’ Fermentation Tanks provide the brewer with several key advantages:

  • Every fermenter is equipped with a 4”/10 cm ultimate drain and 60 degree conical bottom for rapid and easy yeast harvest and clean-out
  • Precision laser welded dimple jacket with integrated baffling, reduces glycol demand and increases tank efficiency by 25%
  • A worldwide reputation for industry leading American design, engineering, and fabrication
  • Field tested by some of America’s leading craft brewers
  • Insulated vessels add efficiency, minimize heat-loading, and reduce safety hazards
  • Made of 100% non-reactive, sanitary-finished, 304 food-grade stainless steel
  • Innovative design registers zero stress on the internal structure of the tank
  • Integrated Clean in Place (CIP) systems allow rapid and convenient cleaning
  • Manufactured using PKW’s proprietary Flowing Quality Control (FQC) process which maintains the highest standards of quality throughout fabrication
Get a QuoteAsk a Question

PKW Fermenter Specifications

PKW Fermenter Spec Image

PKW Fermenter Spec Sheet

Download Document

As with all our brewing equipment, Portland Kettle Works fermenters are designed and manufactured to exacting standards:

  • Capacities available include:
    • bbl: 2, 3.5, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60, 90, and 120
    • hL: 2.3, 4.1, 5.9, 8.2, 11.7, 17.6, 23.5, 35.2, 46.9, 70.4, 105.6, and 140.8
    • Other capacities available upon request
  • 100% food-grade 304 and 316 stainless steel, 12-gauge inner tank steel and 14-gauge shell materials
  • All fermenters are rated to 14.7 PSI (1 bar) operating pressure
  • Two-zone glycol jacketing encompasses the 60-degree conical cone and sidewalls
  • Top-mount manway (optional side-mount configurations available)
  • Complete thermal insulation of side walls and cones
  • All insulation is fire retardant fiber cloth (not foam)
  • All welds are blended and finished to a sanitary food-grade finish
  • Every fermenter is equipped with:
    • racking arm
    • pressure relief valve
    • blow-off/ clean-in-place (CIP) tube
    • CIP spray ball
    • sample valve
    • butterfly valves
    • TC clamps, gaskets and clamps
    • 90-degree elbows
    • optional rupture disc assemblies available
Get a QuoteAsk a Question