Midwest Brewing and Winemaking Supplies specializes in beer and winemaking equipment. Their employees are well experienced and very knowledgeable. They provide just about everything you’ll need for extract and all-grain brewing including ingredients, testing equipment, and keg systems. They have excellent customer service and ship all over the United States.
Their fermenting bucket is a great choice for home brewers. It can be used for both primary and secondary fermentation. It can also double as a sanitary bucket. Choosing the right fermenter is essential so let’s check out some of the features this guy offers.
Plastic Fermenter Bucket: General Features
Midwest Brewing and Winemaking Supplies’ 6.5-gallon plastic fermenter is a standard fermenting bucket. This is a good size for most homebrewers because it is the perfect size for 5 gallon batches. The bucket also includes a lid with rubber grommet, a handle, and gallon markings.
The lid is also plastic and can be snapped on tightly to ensure gasses won’t escape or get in. In the lid, there is a hole that is filled with a rubber grommet. This makes attaching a bubbler or airlock possible. It is important to have a blow-off valve of some sort to allow CO2 to escape and to gauge the activity of the yeast. The rubber grommet also helps to keep an airtight seal so you can ferment as long as you need.
On the side of the plastic bucket, there are gallon markings that measure between 1 and five gallons. This is a helpful feature that glass fermenters usually don’t have.
The side is also where the handle is attached to the bucket. The handle is strong to support the weight of your brew. And on the front of the bucket is the signature Ale Pail logo.
- 6.5 Gallon
- Food safe
- Airtight seal
- Gallon markings
- Carrying handle
- Hole in lid for blow off
The plastic bucket is food grade and won’t harm your beer even when you are putting in hot liquids. However, they do not mention that it is BPA free. This may be because of the rubber grommet. This may be something to consider if you are weighing the pros and cons of glass vs. plastic.
Another shortfall is that sometimes we were not able to get a tight seal. If this is a concern of yours, I would recommend using a soft mallet to go around the lid with. This way you will make sure that you aren’t allowing any CO2 to escape.
Lastly, the plastic is not transparent. This isn’t a big deal, but I do like being able to see the yeast activity. It can still be gauged from the blow-off valve, but there is something to being able to see the yeast that I prefer.
- Not BPA free
- Seal can be compromised
- Cannot see through fermenter
Plastic Fermenter Bucket Review: The Bottom Line
Overall, I recommend this 6.5 gallon plastic fermenter bucket as it will last you a long time. You don’t have to worry about it harboring odors because of the high-grade plastic it is made from, and you won’t run the risk of cracked or broken glass.
Having a fermenter with a handle on it is also very nice. This way you won’t have to buy an additional crate or carrying straps like you would for a glass carboy. And the size is right for most home brewers.
In the end, Midwest Brewing and Winemaking Supplies will provide good customer service if you run into any issues.