Included in all of our homebrewing equipment kits, this 6.5-gallon plastic fermenter with lid is the ideal size for brewing up two or more batches at the same time. The lid’s installed rubber grommet makes it easy to have an airtight seal for long-term storage. Buy a few extras so you can make multiple batches. These fermenting buckets are easy to clean, durable and versatile, with gallons marked on the side, so you can view how much liquid is in the fermenter.
- 6.5-gallon size
- Installed rubber grommet on lid ensures an airtight seal
- Gallons noted on side of bucket so you know how much liquid is inside
- 6.5-gallon size
- Details & Instructions
Height 17 3/4" Diameter 12"
4.6 / 5.0139 Reviewsperfect for primary fermentationperfect for primary fermentation--easy to clean and i don't really need to visualize the liquid in the primary. i keep a separate one for beer and one for my 5 gallon batches of mead to prevent cross-contamination of flavors/aromas.January 8, 2013Great for beer, wine, cider and meadI have used this more times than I can remember and it has never given me any trouble. As a primary fermenter, it works fantastic, as a secondary fermenter it works great. The best thing about using a bucket as the primary fermenter is the easiness of being able to clean up the bucket once liquid has been racked over to another container. Be sure and remove the airlock prior to opening the lid or transporting the bucket. If not then the liquid in the airlock is most likely gonna end up inside the bucket possibly contaminating everything.January 29, 2013Lids less than idealThe buckets are fine, and the lids formed a nice tight seal on the first use. However, they were nearly impossible to get off again and now don't form a seal- to the point of no bubbles in the airlock on any of the 3 I recently purchased, despite very active fermentations. No, I didn't damage them- I didn't use any tools other than my hands.August 8, 2016Response from Midwest SuppliesBryan,
Thanks for the review. As the lids don't have a gasket they do not always form an airtight seal. That does not negatively affect the beer though. In fact a loose lid serves the same purpose as an airlock. It lets gas escape without letting anything in. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
Todd HNovember 2, 2016Midwest Supplies MFine bucket but the lid can be difficultThe bucket is outstanding and will work well as a primary fermenter. However, the lid is so difficult to remove. My fingers strain on removing it. I actually ordered this bucket by mistake. I use the same buckets, 7.9 gallon buckets with lids, that I use for my wine. Those bucket lids are easy to handle and offer plenty of head space. The do make an pail opener tool but I will stick with using the 7.9 gallon bucket since I really like how easy it is to apply and remove the lid. Just don't use the same bucket for wine and beer.July 15, 2013Doubled fermentation capacityHad one bucket, now I have 2 so I can double the brew in primary fermentation. Buckets marked so easy to see the liquid volume level._x000D_January 9, 2013Plastic Fermenter with lidI am new to home brewing. I am very impressed with the 6.5 gallon plastic fermenter with lid. I was concerned it would be thin plastic and not very sturdy. I was pleasantly surprised. It is robust, well made, the lid makes a tight seal, and it does not flex even with 5 gallons of liquid in it. I feel the price, value and quality all rate 5 stars.July 18, 2013Good QualityNot much to be said for the primary fermenter, other than it is a low cost, high quality product. Does what it needs to do, and easy to clean._x000D__x000D_Has measurements on the outside for smaller batches, and a line on the inside for the average 6 gallon batch. very useful!January 9, 2013It's a bucket!Works just fine. For the price, I might just pick up a couple more and use them as secondaries. They are a little easier to tote around than a carboy.August 4, 2013well madevery good product.made very good. works good.March 19, 2016perfectIt is easy to use and great for starting or for the seasoned brewer. A carboy is great don't get me wrong but these are inexpensive and as long as you don't need to see your beer in the primary stages then it works. I would suggest to get a stopper for a 12oz bottle to plug the hole and insertion of your airlock. I find those work the best to keep the best seal.January 12, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 16 answersDo the lids have gaskets to seal to the bucket?BEST ANSWER: The lid does have a seal, but I don't think it would be "air-tight"; It doesn't have the feeling of being so tight that absolutely no air is escaping, but I've had no problems with the fermentation and I have probably made 10+ batches of wine without any problems; If you are using real grapes, etc., I think you would be frequently removing the top, so I don't think it would be a problem to have exposure to air if that's your concernMuntons pre-hopped extract kits instructions say to add 3.5 liters of boiling water directly to the fermenter. Can this bucket handle the boiling water?BEST ANSWER: Probably so, but we could not recommend this. I think it would be smarter to mix it up in the kettle you're heating the water in, and adding it to the plastic bucket after cooling it some. These pails can PROBABLY take the heat, but I don't see why a person would do it that way, or what advantage there could be. I've seen forum entries, and other info where people actually BOIL wort in plastic pails equipped with electric heating coils, but I really cannot see how that could be the best way to go! - Mike W, Midwest SuppliesAre the marks on the side of the bucket accurate?BEST ANSWER: We try to have the amounts measured out for you, but with the lip on the bottom and multiple printings, sometimes they can be a little off. The best way to measure is to take a 1 gallon milk jug, fill it and measure where the water level is will be the most accurate.Does the bucket come with the spigot and pre-drilled hole for the spigot?BEST ANSWER: The bucket I got did not come with a spigot, but you can order a bucket with one. It will have the hole and spigot, but some assembly may be required.Are the tops of the lidstuff drilled on these?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the lid is drilled and with grommet.