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Deluxe Kombucha Heater with Thermostat

 

BRAND NEW PRODUCT - AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT KOMBUCHA KAMP!

 

Introducing the FERMENT FRIEND™ with THERMOSTAT,
the easiest solution for maintaining the
perfect temperature for all your home ferments!

THE EASIEST, MOST POWERFUL HEATING SOLUTION FOR ANY FERMENT

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Peace of mind, ease of use and stylish design are the biggest advantages of the FERMENT FRIEND™. This easy to use thermostat controlled unit allows the user to simply “set it and forget it” as the temperature is self-regulating. Each unit is made in the USA in accordance to the strictest safety standards, and is designed to remain below 110F/43C to prevent overheating. Keep your Kombucha, kefir, dough or other ferments that require warmer temps happy year round with just the touch of a button.

 

Once the target temperature is selected, the FERMENT FRIEND™ probe is placed between the strap and the exterior of the vessel, but not in contact with the heat mat itself. The unit maintains the target temperature within a degree of accuracy and is secured to the vessel with the included adjustable velcro strap. Seamlessly integrate the all black heater and thermostat into any environment by mounting the unit with the enclosed velcro tabs.

 

PRO LINE NOW AVAILABLE

By request, we have created a version of the heater with a larger heating surface capable of producing 2.5 times the power of our regular heaters. This 7"x27" heating mat is identical to the original model except that the increased surface area makes it suitable for 5 gallon vessels, multiple smaller vessels, or for use on a regular 2.5 gallon vessel in very cold conditions. Simply select the PRO LINE Upgrade from the drop down menu above.

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Advice for heating a Kombucha brew properly...

The recommended temperature for Kombucha is 75 - 85 degrees, with the ideal temp being 78. If it brews at lower temperatures, one may experience a flatter, more "dirty" tasting Kombucha that lacks the apple-y sour bite of a delicious, properly brewed Kombucha. Allowing the brew to go for a longer time at lower temperatures (mid to upper 60's) will help it grow more sour and should produce a safe, drinkable beverage over time. Attempting to ferment at lower than 64 degrees may produce a weaker beverage or may be susceptible to mold as the bacteria get "sleepy" and have a difficult time protecting themselves at the low temperature.

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SPECS

  • Includes heat mat, thermostat with probe attached, adjustable velcro strap, velcro tabs for mounting and a thermometer strip

  • 110-120V AC Power (220V version available)

  • Uses 18 watts of power (PRO Line 40 watts)

  • Dimensions of Heat Mat: 4" Width x 24" Length (PRO Line 7" x 27")

  • Dimensions of Thermostat: 3.5" Width x 3.5" Length

 

FEATURES

  • Easy to set temperature at the touch of a button
  • Sleek all black design via coated mat, offering improved efficiency
  • No heat wires or thick pad, so heat is always dissipated evenly over the whole mat
  • Even heat distribution
  • Ultra-thin Super durable construction (No Multiple Plys, just one solid extra tough mat)
  • Heat Strip & power cord are UL Listed Components
  • Assembled in USA and all components made in the USA (except power cord)
  • Comes with 1 Year Hassle Free Guarantee
  • FREE Thermometer Strip included

     

Want to use the heater in an international location outside North America?
Select 200V Wiring via the drop down menu above - $75 upgrade charge

Looking for a larger heating mat?
Select the PRO LINE Upgrade via the drop down menu above - $35 upgrade charge

 

Unfortunately at this time, the PRO Line is not available in 220V wiring. 
We apologize for any inconvenience

 

Need a custom sized strip to fit your specific fermentation needs?  
Email for a quote!

 

Overall:
Reviewed by Josh Giampietro (Cape Cod MA), 01/16/2017

This product works great, it keeps the temp perfectly where I set it. I can leave it with confidence knowing it will be happy. Perfect solution for winter brewing here in the northeast. Thank you again!

Reviewed by Donna Jackson (Oklahoma), 01/16/2017

ferment friend seems to have been a necessary investment-it consistently maintains temperature without my intervention. My brew tastes so much better than commercial kombucha that I wouldn't want it to fail due to temperature.

Reviewed by Christina (Boston MA), 01/09/2017

Over the summer I started making my own kombucha to satisfy my expensive addiction. It was working great, until fall/winter in Boston hit, and my house became too cold to keep the fermentation process going. After some research, I found out that kombucha should be brewed above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, ideally at 80 degrees. I looked at many kinds of heaters for my continuous-brew vat and decided on The Kombucha Mamma FERMENT FRIEND Heater with Thermostat. It was more expensive than most others, but I am too busy and forgetful to monitor the temperature every day, and this one makes it very easy to 'set it and forget it.' I just enter the temperature I want, and it continuously adjusts to keep a perfect brewing environment. I am getting amazing kombucha with it, more flavorful and faster than ever. It saved my brew!!! I would recommend this to anyone who wants great year-round kombucha--it pays for itself quickly if you drink it regularly.

Reviewed by Veronica (Bruner, MO), 01/07/2017

I ordered my ferment friend since I was starting my continuous brew in the late fall and I didn't want my batch to fail. I plugged it in, set the temp to 78 and have never touched it since! It keeps my brew within 1 degree of 78 with absolutely no attention on my part. I almost got one of the cheaper ones but I'm glad I didn't because I know I wouldn't have paid enough attention and I could have hurt my scoby's productivity!

Reviewed by Gale, 12/28/2016

I purchased 2 of these for my two 2 1/2 gallon vessels. I have had them for over 2 months now and love them. My house temperature changes while these remain the same. They make brewing much easier ~ definitely worth the money!

Reviewed by Nancy (TN), 12/14/2016

I am so thankful to have this heating system.  I keep my house cool, so brewing takes so much longer without it.  I just set it at the temperature I want and forget about it. I am very pleased with this purchase.

Reviewed by Amy W (Pelham MA), 12/07/2016

i totally agree with Amy from MN. spend the money. get the best heater. set and forget but be sure to put that little probe next to the jar of booch - i put it between the 2 jars i have brewing.

Reviewed by David Jacksons (D.C. Grand Coulee, WA), 11/29/2016

This heater is the cat's meow - we got the Pro Line and our batches are so consistent, you've got to buy this product. My arthritis has reduced greatly from drinking Kombucha. Smell is always constant - can smell that its ready!"

Reviewed by Claudia Hannah (St. Paul MN), 11/08/2016

I found, living in a colder climate, it was/is difficult to keep the brewer at a stable temperature. So, I ordered the Ferment Friend Thermostat Heating System a few days after starting up my brew. It came in record time and it has been AWESOME to no longer fret about dropping temps. I give the Thermostat heater system a thumbs up with 5 stars!

Reviewed by Betty, 11/05/2016

I originally ordered the Ferment Friend.  I brew four 1-gallon jars, and I found this wasn't big enough or long enough to really interweave around four jars.  So I ordered the Pro Line, which is wider and longer.  I like this much better, and have ordered a second one.

It makes so much sense to have these heating systems, since temperature is so crucial to brewing success.  Also, I was very, very pleased with how quickly the products were shipped.

Reviewed by Carolyn Clark (Dallas TX), 10/12/2016

Love this heater because you set it and forget it! You gotta love the ease of it.

Reviewed by Joanna (Toronto Canada), 09/23/2016

I ordered the Ferment Friend heater with thermostat.The heater is easy to use and works exactly as described in the instructions. It arrived quickly, and the Kombucha Kamp team promptly replied to my email questions. Thank you!

Reviewed by Keri (Draper UT), 09/13/2016

Here is my review for the Ferment Friend w / Thermostat Heating System I ordered from you. It has made all the difference in the world! The brewing time is less which we are delighted about, and the flavor seems better! The temperature is set and the brew is warm and cozy in the corner of my kitchen, so everyone is happy about the Heating mat.

Reviewed by Amy (Moorhead, MN), 09/07/2016

Just set it and forget it!!! Spend the money and forget about it. This heater makes keeping your brew at the perfect temp easy without thinking about it - which is great in Minnesota where winter is cold and long!!!

Reviewed by Joe Brunner Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 09/06/2016

I was very excited to start using these, I keep the heat around 68 in the cold winters here and the room I brew in can get down to 60 or cooler.  I've already set them up on 2 continuous brew crocks and they are working fantastically!!!  Not looking forward to winter but will have no problems brewing this year!

Reviewed by Lynda from Mtn. Green, Ut, 08/24/2016

Oh my stars, this is the Best and easiest heater Ever!! I live in the mountains where the evenings are quite cool and the days rather warm during the summer. This little baby does a Fantastic job of keeping the temperature even and I don't have to do a thing!!! I've had a different heating belt that I had to keep babysitting daily. Wasn't easy to use. With this ferment friendly system I literally walk away. I love it!! I Definitely recommend this to everyone! Thank you Hanna!

Reviewed by Nathan (Santa Cruz CA), 08/01/2016

The Ferment Friend's thermostat requires zero interaction once the target temp is set (a cinch!), removing ambient temperature as a variable and affording a reliable brew schedule year-round. The Ferment Friend is dead-simple: it normally shows its thermometer probe's reading, so to set the temp just click the arrows and the display flashes the thermostat setting, so keep adjusting with the arrow buttons 'till your target temp is input. The probe you pin between the heat pad and the securing strap, so it just tucks under the strap to touch the outside of the pad. I love that the thermostat maintains the temp with ZERO further input from me, truly a set it and forget it system! This independence from ambient temp fluctuations makes the cost well worth it to me versus merely controlling heat output level and having to monitor and adjust it. The fact that it never deviates far from the target temp means it applies gentle heat often rather than blasting heat infrequently, perfect for keeping the microbes at optimal activity levels. It is extremely efficient and frugal in its use of electricity.

Reviewed by Juliana Hale, 07/17/2016

I'd been having trouble with my kombucha taking a really long time to ferment, especially over the winter. I also rarely got much carbonation at all during the second fermentation. The heating system was easy to set up. I love that I don't have to adjust it and can see where the temperature is at a glance. My first batch was done much more quickly, and this was the first time I have had bottles erupt with carbonation like that. Love it.

Reviewed by Patricia Haines (New Brunswick, Canada), 07/11/2016

I purchased The Kombucha Mamma FERMENT FRIEND Heater with Thermostat. I simple love it as it has saved me a lot of time trying to watch the temp. Well worth the money spent.

Reviewed by Sherry Keeter, Lakeview, AR, 07/08/2016

I had an issue with the first unit that I ordered, over heating my tea. Customer service was quick to respond and try to help me. Hannah even called to go over the problem with me. A second unit was sent and it is working perfectly. I appreciate the customer service I received and especially the fact that Hannah took the time to call me a couple of times to make sure that everything was to my satisfaction. Thanks to everyone at KombuchaKamp! I'm LOVING my Fermenting Friend!

Reviewed by Bill (Crestview, FL), 07/04/2016

After spending months using the heater without the thermostat, I upgraded to this one, should have bought it in the first place. Works great, now I don't have to keep trying to fiddle with the old one to keep the temperature at the correct level.

Reviewed by Extremeliver in MN, 06/27/2016

Recalibration was needed, but I love knowing my kombucha is at the correct temperature. I figure it pays off in the long run. Very easy to install and easier to use. I noticed that it indicated a different temperature than the strips I installed previously, so I tested it against my high quality cooking thermometer and the new unit was 2 degrees off. So I calibrated it (easy process) and all is very good now. Would highly recommend this unit. Hannah was a great support.

Reviewed by Kerryanne Mathews (Litchfield, CT), 06/20/2016

This heating system is wonderful and makes continuous brewing a snap! No more fussing over the proper temp, literally set it and forget it! The yeast and bacteria work together like a well oiled machine producing delicious Kombucha batch after batch! I now have 2 CB's going and both are wearing a Ferment Friend. I am so pleased with this heat system!!

Reviewed by Laura Cooper (Fredericksburg, VA), 06/16/2016

I love this unit. I had read on several blogs that a heater would bring your brewing to the next level and it is definitely true. My kombucha is better tasting and more bubbly. It's taken some of the worry out of brewing for me (a new brewer). Well worth the investment; I highly recommend!

Reviewed by Kato, 06/05/2016

I finally decided to buy this heater and it was the best decision I've made. Works flawlessly and my continuous brewer is going great now. Super fast shipping too.

Reviewed by Mike Shick (Paso Robles, CA), 06/05/2016

Wow...love Kombucha Kamp.  They have spectactular customer service.  I had a lower grade heater from them, but it wasn't working properly.  I asked if I could pay upgrade fee to order this newer version, and they permitted the exchange. I am so delighted with this heater.  It has provided perfect temperatures and made a HUGE difference in my brews.  I have some severe temp changes throughout the year, but the heater has made all the difference in the world.  The electronic thermometer is awseme since I don't have to stay on top of temp and make adjustments.

Reviewed by Rhonda Dekker, 06/01/2016

Great little heater! So great to set the temperature and not worry about the kombucha temperature. I am using it to heat 3 two gallon batches by placing the heater between the bottles. It only covers about half of each bottle but works wonderfully and brews my continuous brew batches so much faster!

Reviewed by Angie Maxwell, 05/30/2016

I live my Ferment Friend! I live in Washington state and it can get chilly in the evenings even in the summer so the warmer has been great! I am a huge fan. My scoby is so much more healthy and thick now! I also think it has helped w carbonation. I am so tempted to buy a second one for my 2nd gallon jar! Gotta save my pennies before I do that! Thank you for this great heating system

Reviewed by Heather (Vermont), 05/19/2016

Love it! Perfect brew every time.

Reviewed by Cindy (Sylvania, Ohio), 05/12/2016

I love this heater. I set it at 80 and it keeps the brew between 79.6 and 80.1. We live in Ohio and our house is usually between 62 - 68 degrees. Proper placement of the probe and blanket is a bit tricky on a 1 gallon container because the blanket wraps completely around the jar. On initial set-up I wrapped it around and moved it as high up as I could to the top of the liquid line and I placed the probe toward the bottom of the brew container. The house went down to 60 that night and in the morning my heater strip was saying the brew was at 92 degrees while the heater said it was only 77. I moved the blanket down a bit to make room for the probe at the top of the brew and that solved the problem. My brew now stays at the same constant temp and I've been cranking out perfect batches every 7 days.

Reviewed by Mimi Eaves (Branchport NY), 05/04/2016

I'm very happy that I upgraded my deluxe continuous brewer system with the Ferment Friend. It functions perfectly, just as described, and my Kombucha turned out wonderfully tart and fizzy.

Reviewed by Linda Pool (Post Falls, Idaho), 04/28/2016

This has worked amazing. I am making the best kombucha ever and it is SO easy!

Reviewed by Yulia Kubic, 04/18/2016

Awesome product! I bought the pro size for my 5-gallon CB and never looked back. Now buying the regular size for some extra batch brews. Because one can never make enough kombucha, right? :)

Reviewed by Larisa Glenn Eugene, OR, 04/16/2016

I am new to home brewing and began with a continuous brew system. The ferment friend with thermostat is a MUST HAVE for the continuous brew system. My home is kept at 66-70 degrees (too cold for KT), so this heating system keeps my KT at a perfect 79 degrees. I love that I can adjust the temp when I add new tea to my continuous brew container because it drops the temp when adding new tea/sugar solution. My Kombucha is better than any store bought I have tasted. I am so glad I spent the few bucks extra for this heating system, it's well worth it for perfect KT!

Reviewed by Linda (Birdsboro, PA), 04/07/2016

The new heater is wonderful!  It was already preset and I just plugged it in and checked the heat strip.  It stays at 79 to 80 degrees.   Now I have the tiny bubbles in my kombucha and it tastes great!

Reviewed by Laura B (Williamsburg, VA), 03/07/2016

This heater is the reason I came to kk over other places to get started brewing. I dont trust myself to continually adjust a heating pad (I would totally forget) and it gets super cold in my house. My booch has constantly been at 79°F and ginestly delicious. Keeping the heat right seems to have helped produce an awesome flavor. Love this thing.

Reviewed by Candy Radford, 03/05/2016

This heater is great!  It keeps my brew at the perfect temperature.  No worries about the brewing system getting too hot or cold.  I love it!

Reviewed by Liz (ON, Canada), 03/03/2016

This heater has been excellent at keeping my continuous brewer at the proper temperature for my kombucha. My house temperature varies a lot depending on the time of day, especially in winter, so the thermostat has kept my scoby happy in all sorts of weather. I can rely on having kombucha ready for bottling every week now, no more guessing. 

Reviewed by Martie from Illinois, 03/03/2016

This heater is great! It really is easy to install and keeps the perfect temperature.  My house is cold but my kombucha is perfect!  It is well worth the price. The customer care wonderful!!

Reviewed by Marisa, 03/02/2016

This heater is perfect!  With winter here I was having a very hard time controlling the temp of my brew.  Now I set it and never worry about it.  Definitely worth it!

Reviewed by Liz, 02/11/2016

I received the heating strap and it keeps my Kombucha nice and warm. I don't worry about the mother scoby at all now.

Reviewed by Michael DeLay, 02/04/2016

...simply “set it and forget it”! Just started home brewing and having the ability to set the team and enjoy sampling along the process has proved to be consistent and beneficial to the overall experience.

Reviewed by Gerald, 01/18/2016

Excellent product and absolutely necessary to maintain the proper temperature since I keep the house at 68-70 degrees. Set and forget. Simple, easy, and effective.

Reviewed by Jeannie H (Delta CO), 12/30/2015

Thanks for all the help you have provided through your web site, videos, blog, and emails. I am now successfully brewing my kombucha and it's because I have had your help. I hesitated to spend the money on the heater, but after reading all the comments, I decided to splurge on the one with the thermostat. I live in Colorado and my house stays pretty cool in the winter. I cannot emphasize just how much that purchase was worth the money. Thanks for all your help!

Reviewed by Jd, 12/25/2015

Works well but trying to configure the plastic wrap and wires around crock is clumsy.Keep working on design.
Temperature gauge would be better if it had a light so you could see reading.

Reviewed by Stevann Hamilton (Escondido, CA), 11/29/2015

So glad I ordered this. Not only does this heater fit our décor around it’s stainless crock but also fits our need. We travel during extended times off of a week or two, leaving our brew on its own; the Ferment Friend allows us to come back to a perfect bubbly batch. Besides, it gives me peace of mind. Despite being in San Diego, our house stays quite cool throughout the year. Keeping our booch at 79 seems to keep it happily fermenting the sugars and producing that yummy natural carbonation we all love. 

Reviewed by Raymond M, 11/02/2015

I own two of these bad boys and cannot tell you how amazing they are! Set it and forget it truly is the case! My booch is brewing perfectly now in my continuous brew system. Thanks Hannah!

Reviewed by Martha (NH, US), 10/20/2015

This heater is surprisingly unobtrusive on my ceramic 3-gal crock (for a black strappy contraption). It was easy to set up and set the thermostat. I was initially confused when the temperature seemed to be going down, but do not worry. The thermostat display does not start at your vessel's current starting temp and work up; it shows the numbers from the set "ideal" temp going back down to the current temp, and then rises slowly up to the set temp again. Given our cold New England climate (and house!), I had to start using the thermometer in Sept to keep it in a nice upper-70s range. My kombucha's been bubbling away happily!

Reviewed by Doug Bedard ( BC Canada), 10/11/2015

These things are great since I have my brewers set up in my garage and the quartz heater I have only keeps the garage so warm. These ferment friends take up the slack keeping the Kombucha and Jun at the proper temps throughout the winter.

Reviewed by Donna Draper, 07/19/2015

I live in British Columbia and have a hubby who likes to turn down the heat at night. I have been brewing steadily for over two years and have danced with all kinds of heating inventions! THE BEST dollars I have spent are on The Ferment Friend! Constant temperature All The Time =Perfect Kombucha!

And what did I do with my previous heater? Well, it now wraps itself around the bottles that are spending their three days in flavouring heaven (a flannel lined cardboard box)! Carbonation also helped with a little extra heat if you live in the North!

Thanks, Hannah for the wonderful upgrade!

Reviewed by Jason, 05/21/2015

This winter we started brewing kombucha and our house is not the optimal temperature for brewing. So, we started using an old heating pad to help keep our brewing system warm. We would turn it on when we were home in the evenings and on weekends. However, we did not trust it enough to keep it on all of the time. Also, we were not sure what temperature it was heating pad was making the container. It has been great to have the heating system. Now we are able to leave the system on all of the time and it keeps our brewing system within one degree of where we have it programed. We don’t have to worry about the brewing system getting too hot or being too cold. We leave it on all of the time and are pleased with the results we have had on our last few batches of kombucha.