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 holds your airlock in place while keeping pests out of your brew. 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 for holding airlock in place
- 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"
4.5 / 5.0153 ReviewsLids 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 SuppliesFine 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, 2013Lid doesn't sealI bought two of these and neither lid will seal the bucket properly. Plastic on plastic with no gasket. Leaks liquid if tilted and air during fermentation. Nice rubber grommet for the airlock. The bucket gets the job done but I will be looking for another lid.May 19, 2015Bucket works well enough, but the lid doesn't seal well at all. Constantly have to adjust the lid to get any kind of airlock movement. There is no gasket on the lid, and the lid is (presumably) made separately from the bucket.October 4, 2017Purchased
5 months agoResponse from Midwest SuppliesBuckets lids do not need to have an airtight seal during primary fermentation. There is so much positive pressure that nothing will be going into the bucket. Airlock activity is also not a great way to judge fermentation, taking gravity reading is the best way to know what is happening.October 7, 2017William RStaffLeaky lidI purchased this as part of the Platinum brewing kit. When I finally got around to using the fermenter bucket I noticed that I was not seeing many bubbles in the airlock. I soon concluded that the lid was not sealing very well and that most of the CO2 was leaking out around the lid. Bummer. No bubbles to watch ....The most fun part of brewing for me is to watch the bubbles as they begin to pop in the airlock. (I know .... get a life you are thinking ....) Slow bubbling at first and then more activity until building to a final crescendo! Not with this bucket though .....on the good side - it is very strong, thick-walled and sturdy. Probably make a good garden bucket in the Spring ......December 22, 2016The fermenter is just great but the lid with or without the hole is a piece of crap. You can not get it off unless you order the tool to remove. I completely tore one lid up trying to remove think you owe me a lid midwest.March 13, 2017Purchased
1 year agoThe lid does not seal. It's a shame,... .. . .......September 30, 2017Purchased
5 months agoThe lid doesn't give an air tight seal...It comes with an "air tight grommet" for the air lock (sold separately) BUT the lid itself doesn't create an air tight seal to the bucket. So your air lock will never bubble... thought I had a bad batch of wine at first till I took off the lid and my gravity was dead on what I expected.
Gonna try installing a homemade seal in the lid myself but it should really come with one.November 12, 2016perfect 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, 2013The bucket and lid have worked perfectly so far, the lid fits very well and I look forward to making several more brews in it in the future! Definitely recommend it!December 25, 2017Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 7 questions Browse 7 questions and 22 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 concernWill the lid keep out fruit flies?BEST ANSWER: Yes, as long as you wash and sanitize before you remove the lid. If using air locks fill with vodka. Remember to check your air locks once a week and keep them from going dry! Also put out small jars of apple cider around your fermentation are. The flies are attractived to the cider and will parish.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?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.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 - thanksBEST 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?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the lid is drilled and with grommet.