Brew Safe Stainless Steel Spigot for Kombucha Brewing Vessels
Not so keen on using plastic? Prefer the look of Stainless Steel? Now you have the option of decanting your brew safely and in style with our Stainless Steel Spigot.
While our plastic spigots are 100% brew safe, some folks prefer to keep plastic to a minimum. Stainless steel of 304 grade and higher is corrosive resistant and used extensively in the professional brewing community, including with vinegar which is up to 40X more acidic than Kombucha during brewing. This type of spigot is the only metal spigot safe to use with Kombucha or other fermented drinks. It also has a nicer look and feel than many of the cheap-o, metallic painted spigots on the market which are completely unsafe for brewing Kombucha.
Kombucha Stainless Steel Spigot
This model has a terrific flow through rate, is very easy to assemble and clean. And now it includes a FREE Spigot Brush, which makes cleaning even easier. If small amounts of culture or yeast block the flow, just use the brush to dislodge the items and restore the flow rate. Now that the cork lining is available (use checkbox for this option), the Stainless Steel spigot is compatible with ALL KKAMP CONTINUOUS BREW VESSELS! Upgrade your spigot – upgrade your brew!
Installing the New Spigot
Prior to starting a new brew, it’s important to check the spigot for leaks. Attach the brew-safe spigot to the vessel properly and then fill it with enough water so that the spigot is completely covered. Wait at least an hour, up to 24 hours, to check for any leaks in the assembly.
If there are leaks, no worries, just empty the vessel, unscrew the spigot, adjust the washers, and reattach. Usually flipping the washers helps fix any issues. Keep testing until no leaks occur.
Cleaning the Spigot
Sometimes yeast or bits of SCOBY may collect inside the spigot and clog up the flow. This is perfectly normal but can be frustrating. Rather than having to take the whole assembly apart every time this happens, simply dislodge them with the FREE spigot brush included with every KKamp spigot. If you did not order a spigot from Kombucha Kamp, you can try using a toothpick or something similar to dislodge the blockage.
When it is truly time to clean the spigot, or if it proves too difficult to remove a blockage, simply take the spigot apart and run under clean, hot water which should flush the items. When unattached, it may also be easier to pick out any remaining yeast or SCOBY. If the brew molded, however, it is advised to use soap, or in extreme cases even bleach, to remove any residue prior to restarting the Kombucha brew in the same vessel.
Why use a spigot when brewing Kombucha?
It’s not necessary to have a vessel with spigot to make Kombucha at home, but it certainly can be more convenient. Generally this means using the Continous Brew method, which is popular with millions of homebrewers all over the world, as it makes delicious Kombucha more quickly and with less mess than Batch Brewing. Continuous Brewing, aka “CB,” works best in a larger vessel with that spigot attached.
But it’s also possible to use a vessel with a spigot to make large batches rather than a Continuous Brew, draining the vessel completely each time. Every person finds the rhythm that fits their brewing needs, and a spigot will always make dispensing the brew into bottles cleaner and easier than pouring from the top of the jar or using ladles and siphons, whether using CB or Batch.
Any spigot we offer will be a great option, but frankly this stainless steel spigot is our favorite due to the striking appearance and little bit of extra flow. It looks great on any vessel, and because so many people have stainless steel appliances in their kitchens, it’s nice to be able to match the existing look.
Our Kombucha Kamp stainless steel spigot is a great way to not only decant your brew in a safe and clean manner, but to also add new style and flair to most Continuous Brewers. The joy of brewing Kombucha comes just as much from having a healthy homemade beverage option as it does from being proud of the brew!