2.5 Gallon Fermenter With Lid & Spigot

2.5 Gallon Fermenter With Lid & Spigot

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This awesome little fermenter is ideal for any fermentation, up to 2.5 gallons.  The unit is designed to be an all in one fermenter and bottling bucket.  The bowl shape at the base of the fermentor allows sediment to settle prior to bottling.  The wide opening on top allows for easy cleaning, large direct additions of fruit, hops or other products and overall easier access. Cool beer stein styling makes this the freshest fermentor on the market!

Great for splitting 5 gallon batches into two separate fermentation to test yeast, different dry hops, add oak to one, etc.  

Use this fermenter for your next batch of fruit wine, half batch of beer or any other fermentation!  Holds roughly 2.9 gallons total; recommended for 2.5 gallon fermentations.

Item # FE355
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 4 LBS
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I bought one and liked it so I bought another.
MICHAEL MALOY on Mar 1, 2023
All in One Container for making Meads or Wines from start to finished!!
Cindy H on Jan 24, 2023
I bought one and liked it so I bought another.
MICHAEL MALOY on Mar 1, 2023
Trying all grain small batches
Bob on Feb 7, 2023
All in One Container for making Meads or Wines from start to finished!!
Cindy H on Jan 24, 2023
trying smaller batches of beer
WILLIAM J H on Jan 20, 2023
size and ease of use, love it!
Brian H on Dec 7, 2022
right size for what i need
Nate S on Nov 18, 2022
Son needs
Deb t on Nov 12, 2022
Just the right size
Richard H on Oct 4, 2022
To make small experimental batches
Ben M on Sep 8, 2022
to make wine
Frederick C on Aug 24, 2022
Not too small not to big
Larry F on Aug 2, 2022
It seems to be the right product as it includes what I need.
Joel C on May 28, 2022
Don’t want to tie up my main fermenters with small experiments.
Street B on Mar 14, 2022
Brewing small batches
Russell B on Mar 10, 2022
Perfect size for 2 gallon cider batches primary fermentation, appears to be convenient operation to pour into secondary with minimal sediment.
Dale L on Feb 25, 2022
First time user so price was great
JimBob on Jan 25, 2022
I need it for my smaller scale brews
Gil Bronstein on Jan 22, 2022
I want to brew mead with fruit in something other than a carboy
David Z on Jan 8, 2022
I have one already that I really like.
clancey b on Jan 1, 2022
Need it for brewing
John G on Dec 22, 2021
Making more but smaller brews
NORMAN RYAN on Dec 2, 2021
because it is similar to the one used in a how to make wine at home video o youtube. I like the idea of it being all in one.
Rita M B on Aug 5, 2021
It looks easy to use, and it had good reviews and a good price.
Victorine G G on Jul 29, 2021
to ferment and directly bottle 2.5 gallone batches of beer
Levi G L on Jul 10, 2021
ferment hot sauce
John M on Jul 7, 2021
like the look and description
Zhi D on Jul 6, 2021
My husband recommend we get this for our family business.
Keesha T on May 12, 2021
Fits my mini refrigerator
David De P on Apr 27, 2021
Like the looks
William L on Apr 20, 2021
price and looks easy to clean.
nathan o on Apr 6, 2021
looked good
Guillermo on Mar 30, 2021
As a secondary to add fruit etc.
Gregory S on Mar 24, 2021
great little fermenter, one is in use, ordered 2 more!
Keith Choquette on Mar 23, 2021
Small batch brewing and experimentation
Alan C on Mar 20, 2021
Customer reviews
Moose on Mar 6, 2021
best small fermenter I have found
John H on Mar 4, 2021
1. Perfect size for experimenting; 2. Avoid bottling bucket; 3. Big mouth (unlike carboy)
John H on Nov 4, 2020
To brew smaller gallon batches
Johnathan R on Oct 14, 2020
to use as a brining bucket
Marc H on Oct 13, 2020
I need it
Calina I on Sep 28, 2020
Great size for small batch fermentation of mead, wines and beer.
Mike on Sep 2, 2020
need a 3 gallon fermentor
Merrilee B on Aug 28, 2020
Going to make some fruit wine and this seems very practical
George S on Aug 25, 2020
Rufus F on Aug 18, 2020
looks like a good deal
George G on Aug 3, 2020
checks all the boxes
Brian M on Jan 29, 2020
Using it to brew smaller batches. Fair price
Jason H on Jan 27, 2020
Small batch convenience
Celeste H on Dec 16, 2019
Great size for 2.5 gallon batches when starting with 2.75 gallons of wort. There’s plenty of headroom.
Jeffrey Mauriello on Nov 15, 2019
For small batch beers
Matt C on Nov 13, 2019
Trying all grain small batches
Bob on Feb 7, 2023
trying smaller batches of beer
WILLIAM J H on Jan 20, 2023
Just got this fermenter today, noticed there is no sealing o-ring on the lid even though there is a groove cut in the lid for one, should one be in the lid?
Robert Hicks on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine works very well and you only need to close the lid "hand tight". The unit seals and the air lock bubbles nicely during high krausen. This is the best half batch fermenter I have seen.
How to get the lid to seal tight? I'm not able to get it airtight. Special tool?
Richard Miller on Nov 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It does not seal. I wouldn't have purchased it if I had known that. Some folks are OK with a primary fermenter that doesn't seal, though.
Is this pba free?
Charles D. Coskery on Mar 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The fermenter is BPA free.
What size tubing would fit on the spigot? I plan to bottle into mini kegs.
Thomas Shirk on Apr 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I've used 3/8 and/or 1/2 inch on to the outside of the spigot. I think the most important thing is to do a test run and make sure you get a setup that does not give you any air bubbles- I usually have to fiddle with both the tubing and the spigot connection to the fermenter itself.
I suppose using this as a fermenter and bottling bucket that the bottle conditioning approach must be used, correct? Otherwise if you use this how could you do batch conditioning with all the trub at the bottom?
José Amador on Sep 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Not sure on batch conditioning as you would want to get off yeast. Unless siphon yeast off bottom-that would be tough. I used for a small batch and just transferred to second container to add sugar and bottled.
What kind of plastic material is this made of? HDPE, PET, polypropylene, etc.?
Rich Z on Apr 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I bought a few of these and they work great. They are stamped on the bottom as #5 PP (Polypropylene) with an edible fork & knife food grade stamp as well, they are also stamped made in Italy, not China so hopefully some slightly better quality in plastic and construction there. I use these for 2.5-3 gallon batches of IPA/other assorted ales, not Hefes or lagers and never had any issues with blow off as long as I add some Ferm-Cap for 3 gal. batches.The spigots don’t leak at all as long as you tighten them correctly, I fill part way with water and then adjust tightness. Like all plastic they do hold a little odor from the previous brew but they are quick and easy to clean. Another good thing is the lid seals well and the plastic bucket is very rigid, solid and sturdy with a good thickness, not flimsy at all so they are easy to move around full of liquid and no fear of breakage when cleaning or using. They come with a cheap plastic S airlock that I replaced with a sturdier 3 piece airlock for $2-3 and it feels bulletproof for a cheap setup.
How tall is this bucket with the lid attached?
Peter Vargas on Jan 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: With lid, it is right at 15", perhaps just under by an 1/8" or so. This does not include the airlock.
A lot of people seem to be having trouble with the lid. Is the problem with getting the lid seated on the threads, or getting the lid sealed tight enough to be airtight? Also, what size airlock stopper is needed?
Angela Angelovic on Nov 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It can be a little tricky to get the lid on and off. Once you do it a few times it becomes quite easy. From my experience, It is not an air tight lid. There is enough positive pressure during primary fermentation, that I have not had any problems with oxidation and the airlock bubbler bubbles just fine. The spigot has leaked on me, it was because I did not tighten it correctly. I found a suggestion to use the spigot grommet on the outside and only tighten the ‘nut’ from the inside. Ie: don’t spin the spigot. If I do that it works fine. I typically double check that seal before adding any wort. The fermenter comes with a lid, an airlock and airlock stopper and a spigot and spigot grommet. So it is complete and ready to use ( after sanitation). But if you need a airlock stopper, it’s part number FE349. I really like this size, and it totally comes apart so I can really get it clean and sanitized. I have not noticed any flavor or aromas linger from batch to batch.
Lid diameter?
Gregg Crawford on Sep 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The lid is 11.5” in diameter
What is it made out of?
William Lewis on Mar 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The fermenter is made out of polypropylene.
When will this item be available again?
Jan Rickenbach on Jul 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hello Jan - As of 8/2 FE355 should be back in stock within the next few weeks. Though we ask you check our website for a more realtime availability.
Will this fermenter tolerate 160F degree water?
MICHAEL MALOY on Apr 6, 2023

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Rated 1 out of 5
Is not air tight
I bought these with the plan on doing a professional R&D experiment with expensive yeast. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get these bad boys air tight. There is no O-ring or sealant for these. Do not buy if you don't want air exchange.
March 14, 2024
Rated 5 out of 5
A Better fermenter then the MRB LBK
I brew only extract with some mini mash and steeping grains. Most recipes brewed in the LBK. This fermenter allows me to brew 2.5g batches. I have figured out the lid, not a problem. The lack of a full tight seal is also not a problem. I lube the lid mating with keg lube, gets a better seal. Most of the time I get a good bubble action in the air lock. The spigot, I use the flat 'o ring' on the inside and round 'o ring' on the outside, two gaskets. Dont over tighten. Check for leaks when sanitizing. It has been working great for me. I might try and find a 12.5inch by 1/8 O ring later to get a better air-tight seal . If I brew a 5g recipe kit I split it between 2 of these. I have 2 now, plan on another as the MRB LBK age out (only use them for 2 years)
January 17, 2023
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Little Fermenter
I really like this smaller batch fermenter. I mark mine with volume gradients and noticed that one could likely brew 2.75 gal batches in these, and maybe a bit more as long as it’s lower gravity. There’s a few things I noted. The lid, to me, is a bit too secure. It takes a lot of effort to twist the lid on/off, though it does have cool grippy holes to help with this. My issue is that it seems easy to rile up the trub bed. I’ve actually just pressed the lid down without screwing it’s in place.

The spigot is interesting in that it can be disassembled to clean, which is great. However it’s placed in the fermenter a bit low so that the spigot has to be canted to sit flush, which is odd.

The air lock is just cheap junk, I threw mine away.

Overall I’m quite pleased and would recommend this.
September 10, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Pass this fermenter
It's not air tight. Don't bother getting this one. There is no seal and the locking mechanism isn't great
September 3, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Just what I needed!
So far so good. great size, air tight and no leakage. Currently got an apple nectar mead fermenting, very excited to see how it turns out!
March 25, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
2.5 gal fermenter
Despite the lid fastening issue other reviewers have complained about —and it is challenging—the fermenter is designed very well, and I use it primarily for secondary. The few times I used it as a primary fermenter I had to use my rubber mallet to make a better seal. But for the price, it was worth the minor inconvenience.
March 24, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great but some concerns
Very good quality but I can't give it perfect stars due to lid. I'm able to twist it on and off just fine but mu concern is how air tight it is. I can hear it fermenting from the side and not tye bubble lock. While I'm sure the c02 will be enough to keep out oxygen I am concerned about it ruined my batch of cider I made with fresh apples. Would had to waste a $50 beach from a $20 fermenter
March 15, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
spigot leaks, cant get nut a y tighter
spigot leaks, cant get nut any tighter
March 6, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Matched expectations
This is a good option for 2.5 gallon batches of mead. Lid is a little difficult but had no problem getting a seal the first time using it. I now have 2 of them as I liked the size and ease of use.
February 4, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Just what I wanted for brewing a greater variety of beers.
Only reason for 4 stars is that you must install an O ring for the lid to seal. Other than that it is a very nice smaller fermenter. The lid is grooved for a 1/8" O ring that ideally would have been included. Regardless I ordered a 2nd fermenter. Also the capacity is a good 3.25 G with enough headspace. After the modification they are very good.
December 16, 2021