Advanced Fermentation Techniques: Getting the Most Out of Your Conical Fermenter

For homebrewers looking to take their brewing to the next level, conical fermenters offer a range of advanced techniques that can enhance the quality and consistency of your beer. This guide will explore some advanced fermentation techniques that can help you get the most out of your conical fermenter, with a focus on products and tips from BrewTaurus.

Why Use a Conical Fermenter?

Conical fermenters are designed with a cone-shaped bottom, which allows for easy removal of yeast and trub. This design offers several advantages:

  • Efficient Sediment Removal: Easily separate yeast and trub from the beer.
  • Improved Clarity: Produce clearer beer with fewer suspended particles.
  • Versatility: Perform primary and secondary fermentation in the same vessel.

Advanced Fermentation Techniques

  1. Yeast Harvesting
  2. Dry Hopping
  3. Cold Crashing
  4. Pressurized Fermentation
  5. Temperature Control

1. Yeast Harvesting

Technique: Collect and reuse yeast from your fermenter.

Why: Saves money and maintains yeast strains that perform well with your brewing process.


  • After fermentation: Let the yeast settle at the bottom of the conical fermenter.
  • Open the bottom valve: Collect the yeast in a sanitized container.
  • Store: Keep the harvested yeast in a refrigerator for future use. For detailed steps, refer to our Yeast Harvesting Guide.

2. Dry Hopping

Technique: Add hops directly to the fermenter during or after primary fermentation.

Why: Enhances the aroma and flavor of your beer without adding bitterness.


  • Timing: Add hops towards the end of fermentation.
  • Method: Open the top of the conical fermenter and add hops directly, or use a hop spider or bag to contain the hops.
  • Removal: Use the bottom valve to remove sediment and hops when fermentation is complete.

3. Cold Crashing

Technique: Rapidly lower the temperature of your beer before packaging.

Why: Helps to clarify the beer by causing proteins, yeast, and other particles to settle out.


  • Timing: Begin cold crashing once fermentation is complete.
  • Temperature: Lower the temperature of the fermenter to near-freezing (32-40°F or 0-4°C).
  • Duration: Hold this temperature for 24-48 hours to allow particles to settle.

4. Pressurized Fermentation

Technique: Ferment beer under pressure using a pressure-rated conical fermenter.

Why: Can speed up fermentation, reduce off-flavors, and naturally carbonate the beer.


  • Equipment: Use a pressure-rated conical fermenter and a spunding valve to control pressure.
  • Set pressure: Typically, set the pressure between 10-15 PSI.
  • Monitor: Regularly check pressure and adjust the spunding valve as needed.

5. Temperature Control

Technique: Maintain precise control over fermentation temperature.

Why: Ensures optimal yeast performance and consistency in your beer’s flavor profile.


  • Cooling system: Use a glycol chiller or other cooling system compatible with your conical fermenter.
  • Heating system: In cooler climates, use a heating element or wrap to maintain temperature.
  • Monitoring: Use a digital temperature controller to monitor and adjust the temperature as needed.

Tips for Success

  • Sanitation: Always ensure all equipment is thoroughly sanitized to prevent contamination.
  • Consistency: Regularly check and maintain your equipment to ensure consistent performance.
  • Experimentation: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques and recipes to find what works best for you.


Advanced fermentation techniques can significantly enhance your brewing process and the quality of your beer. By utilizing yeast harvesting, dry hopping, cold crashing, pressurized fermentation, and precise temperature control, you can make the most of your conical fermenter.

For top-of-the-line conical fermenters and other brewing equipment, visit BrewTaurus. Our range of products is designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced brewers, ensuring you have the best tools to craft exceptional beer.