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6.5 Gallon plastic fermenter with lid

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6.5 Gallon plastic fermenter with lid

SKU: MW-6010

This is the 6.5 gallon fermenter that comes standard in all of our homebrewing equipment kits. Gallons are marked on the side of this food grade fermenter to make it easy to know how much liquid is in the fermenter.


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

Details & Instructions

Additional Information

Height 17 3/4"
Diameter 12"

4.6 / 5.0
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perfect for primary fermentation
perfect 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, 2013
Great for beer, wine, cider and mead
I 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, 2013
Lids less than ideal
The 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, 2016
Response from Midwest Supplies

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 H
November 2, 2016
Midwest Supplies
Fine bucket but the lid can be difficult
The 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, 2013
Doubled fermentation capacity
Had 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, 2013
Plastic Fermenter with lid
I 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, 2013
Good Quality
Not 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, 2013
It'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, 2013
well made
very good product.made very good. works good.
March 19, 2016
It 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
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Do the lids have gaskets to seal to the bucket?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2017
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 concern
Muntons 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?
A shopper on Mar 12, 2017
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 Supplies
Are the marks on the side of the bucket accurate?
Joe M on Nov 12, 2016
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?
S I on Jul 25, 2016
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.
I have the normal little plastic 3 in 1 air locks with a few different sized rubber stoppes/plugs, what size is the hole on the lid? I don't think the dimensions are listed but if I overlooked them sorry for the time - thanks
A shopper on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Any standard air lock will fit in a drilled bucket lid. The lids have a rubber gasket built in that the airlock fits into. Cheers!
Are the tops of the lidstuff drilled on these?
K A on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the lid is drilled and with grommet.

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