Nothing ruins homemade alcohol -- whether it's beer, wine, cider, mead, or anything else your creative mind can conceive -- like preventable accidents.
Maybe it got a little too sunny in the corner where you stored your carboy. Maybe someone left the window open, dramatically altering the temperature in the heat of summer or the dead of winter. Or maybe you had to move your delicious brew mid-way through fermentation, accidentally knocking over the heavy concoction and spilling the sweet liquid on the ground. How do you even move a massive carboy responsibly without handles?
These problems were my inspiration for the FermentArmour Brewing Sleeve, a device so simple it's amazing you can't already find it in homebrew shops.
The concept is simple.
FermentArmour is made with strong, durable neoprene (the same material professional wetsuits are made of) that is designed to easily slip over a glass carboy, zip shut, and protect your brew from light. If you're like me and like to regularly check on how your fermentation is progressing, just unzip for a quick peek and re-zip to ensure full protection.
Not only does neoprene block out all light, but it's an excellent insulator that helps regulate temperature. This means that sudden swings in temperature in your home won't disrupt your yeast while it does its important work. If the change in environment persists, the FermentArmour will ease your brew into the new temperature.
Perhaps best of all, the FermentArmour Brewing Sleeve features two short, sturdy handles to make carrying your carboy easy, secure, and swing resistant (i.e. spill resistant). You can find carboy straps on the market now, but using them can be tricky. The FermentArmour's straps are reinforced and sewn tightly into the neoprene fabric for extra security. The FermentArmour covers the bottom of your carboy as well, protecting the glass from any harsh contact with the ground.
The sleek design of the FermentArmour ups your homebrew game and makes you look more like a professional brewmaster than a mad scientist. Neoprene is also extremely easy to clean in cold water, so with proper care, your FermentArmour will last a very long time.
I have been working on this project over the past year and I tested several prototypes of the FermentArmour Brewing Sleeve; I am extremely proud of the final product we have been able to create. My sourcing partner and our factory are ready to start production as soon as I give the go ahead. With enough funding, we will start shipping out FermentArmour Brewing Sleeves as early as January 2017.
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UPDATE #1: Extra strap added for easy pouring
UPDATE #2: Break resistant on falls up to 10 inches high
Risks and challenges
Homebrewers are a creative bunch that ferment their beer in all sorts of vessels. One of the challenges for me was choosing which format to make our first product. We settled on a 6 gallon glass carboy since it is the most standard size for homebrewing. However, we want to expand our offering as much as possible.
We hope to soon create sleeves for 1 gallon, 3 gallon, 5 gallon, 5.5 gallon, and 6 gallon carboys, as well as for conical fermenters, Big Mouth fermenters, and FastfFerment fermenters. Please support us to stay updated on all our new product announcements.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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