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Friday, March 31, 2017

New Beer Friday, Vessi™ Fermentor Edition (March 31)

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

I am pleased to announce that Siciliano's Market has been selected as one of three Beer City USA retailers to have exclusive rights to carry an exciting new product that allows homebrewers to go from pitching yeast to dispensing beer in as little as seven days. The Vessi™ Fermentor is an all-in-one fermentation and dispensing system that's sealed, pressurized and temperature controlled, creating the ideal environment to craft and dispense great tasting beer.

Welcome to Fermentopia

Go from 4 weeks of worry and work to a mere 7 days* with minimal effort – all while exerting more control over the entire fermentation and finishing process.


Vessi™ Fermentor stays pressurized the entire time so that what's inside stays carbonated. This means there's no need to bottle condition or force carbonate your beer, cutting days out of your timeline. Plus, the heating and cooling system helps reach an optimal fermentation and finishing environment faster.


Once the wort's in the tank, there’s no more transferring. In fact, there's no siphoning, lifting or jackets, either. Everything you need is in one convenient tank, with everything on hand to rule the fermentation and finishing process.


Vessi™ Fermentor helps homebrewers control key risks in the brewing process by creating a more controlled environment. Precise temperature and pressure control, and a construction that's designed to minimize exposure to light and oxygen, helps keep your batch safe, which, when it's all said and done, means a better beer.

*Based on a light blonde ale beer at 3.3% ABV and use of clarification agent.

How it Works

1. Transfer Wort, Pitch Yeast

With Vessi ™ Fermentor, you'll start by transferring your cooled wort into the sanitized tank. Once you’ve checked the specific gravity and pitched your yeast, attach the pressure lid. Now you’re ready to set the specific pressure and temperature to ensure optimal conditions for fermentation. Then, sit back and relax while the yeast does its thing. If your beer requires secondary fermentation, it’s time to go for round two. If not, on to the dispensing.

2. Clear Sediment

Once the yeast is finished fermenting, you can clear the sediment from the bottom of the tank using the Sediment Removal System, which transfers sediment out of the tank without opening the unit or depressurizing. This is also a good time to add any aromas or flavors using the Liquid Injection System - designed to force your additions into the tank, while minimizing exposure to light and oxygen.

3. Dispense - Pour, Bottle or Keg

Your beer is ready! For instant gratification, pour straight from the tap. To share with friends and family (or quickly ferment another batch), transfer to bottles or a keg using the bottling and kegging ports. (counter pressure bottle filler sold separately) Once filled, they’re ready to drink (no bottle conditioning or keg carbonation required).

Call Siciliano's Market (616-453-9674) or contact Steve at for pricing. For more information please check out these videos.

New and Returning Beer

  • Bear Republic Hop Shovel, $2.89/12oz - "Hop Shovel is dry, but with a soft and rounded mouthfeel achieved by using a high proportion of wheat and rye. Hop varieties Mosaic, Meridian, and Denali provide an abundance of flavor and aroma" (source).
  • Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale, $2.09/12oz - "SeaQuench Ale is brewed with sea salt and black limes and it merges three German-style beers: Kolsch, Berliner Wiesse, and Gose" (source).
  • Short's The Curl, $1.99/12oz - "The Curl was one of the first Imperial beers made at Short’s. This American Pilsner has an appealing clear, bright, and golden straw color. Faint esters of grain and aromas of fresh baked bread are prominent throughout the beer. The flavor results from the abundance of flake maize used in this recipe. There are also hefty doses of hops that create a pronounced dryness that seamlessly blends into a crisp, clean finish" (source).
  • Hofbrau Maibock, $1.89/12oz - "By tradition, the first barrel of Maibock is tapped in the Hofbräuhaus in the last week of April, in time for the merry month of May. The success story of Munich’s oldest bock beer goes back as far as 1614. With its powerfully aromatic flavour and its alcoholic content of some 7.2% volume, Hofbräu Maibock marks one of the high points in the beer-lover’s calendar" (source).
  • Arbor Forgotten Oak, $11.99/500ml - "Barrel aged with red raspberries" (source).
  • Arbor Pollination Sensation, $2.39/12oz - "Golden honey in color, Pollination Sensation greets the senses with the fragrance of lush summer meadows,dotted w/ flowers in bloom" (source).
  • Grand Armory Wheezin the Juice, $2.09/12oz - "Fresh, citrusy nose. Excellent, balanced palate with slightly sweet citrus and hops. Terrific bitter finish" (source).
  • Saugatuck Daze on Saison, $1.79/12oz - "Go to a whole new dimension with this off the wall Farmhouse Ale. Dry hopped with copious amounts of Mandarina & Mosaic hops for an interesting twist" (source).
  • Shipyard Island Time, $1.29/12oz - "Shipyard Island Time is an easy drinking session IPA built with a variety of Northwest hops which contribute to the grapefruit and pine nose and spicy hop finish. This refreshing IPA will transport you to your Island Time no matter where you are" (source).
  • Uncle John Apricot, $2.99/16oz - "This is a sweeter blend of our traditional Apple Hard Cider blended with apricot juice" (source).

Video of the Week | Speciation Ales

An interesting new video from our pals at Speciation. Enjoy.


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