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Speidel Plastic Fermenter - 12L / 3.2 gal.
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The future is here today, and the future is HDPE Fermentation & Storage Tanks from Speidel.

Are you tired of carboys? Hate siphoning to transfer? Wish you could ferment larger batches in a single container? Sick of lifting 50lbs by a small metal handle? Done with worrying about shattered glass, injury and lost product? Well then have we got the solution for you!

These heavy duty plastic tanks offer a fantastic fermentation & storage solution at a great price.

Key Features:

  • Heavy duty HDPE construction is durable and resists oxygen transfer. None of the risks of working with glass.
  • Small footprint makes them easy to store - take better advantage of the space you have to dedicate to wine & beer making.
  • Built-in handles make these tanks easy to move, even when full.
  • Large lid opening makes them easy to clean by hand - say goodbye to your carboy brush!
  • All ports seal with gaskets and the vessel can be fully sealed for long-term storage.
  • Includes a spigot. 12L model does not include an airlock.
  • Designed and manufactured in Germany by Speidel, the makers of our legendary commercial wine tanks

Suggested Applications:

  • 12L: Perfect for storing small lots and experimental batches or taking some of your beer or wine along with you to your next party.
  • 20L: Ideal for secondary fermentation and storage of 5 gallon batches.
  • 30L: The vessel for fermenting wine kits and 5 gallon batches of beer with plenty of headspace and no need for a blowoff tube.
  • 60L: Perfect for fermenting larger batches of wine or 10 gallon batches of beer in a single container! Only 4" larger in diameter than a 6.5 gallon carboy!
  • 120L: Ferment & Store large batches of anything - your creativity is the only limit!

Approximate Dimensions: 10in Diameter x 14in Height (w/out airlock in place). Note - The maximum temperature that these plastic fermenters can handle is 140F.

Please Note: The 3.2 gal size here does not have a hole in the lid for a stopper and airlock.  This is designed to be a transport tank.


Item # FE705
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 3LBS
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I own 3 - love them
Will S on Feb 9, 2018
I own 3 - love them
Will S on Feb 9, 2018
It's difficult to find this size.
Bruce M on Jan 30, 2018
It's difficult to find this size.
Bruce M on Jan 30, 2018

4.6 / 5.0
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Good quality. Should last
Like it so far. Home brewer getting bye
Converted to a small fermenter  works well
Converted to a small fermenter works well
February 15, 2018
2 months ago
Have 3 of Them
As others have pointed out, it is very easy to drill a hole in the lid for a grommet. The one drawback is that the handle is rendered useless if you use an airlock. These are nice little fermentors for stove-top or counter-top BIAB batches. My one major con for this product is the HDPE tends to hold onto smells (wort smells and fusel alcohols) and it discolors with time, if you brew darker beers. One thing I noticed is the carryover of those wort odors into other lighter beers. Buckets will do the same thing over time; I guess I was hoping for so much more when considering the price of these vs a bucket. I have since switched to a similar size, glass, wide mouth fermentor due to the staining and retention of odors.
May 1, 2017
Great little Fermenter
I know this isn't technically a fermenter but I just drill a hole in the top and insert an Airlock Grommet FE349 and it's now a small fermenter for my 2 gallon batches.

It comes with a spout and a cap. I drilled the cap and put in a Brew Bucket Valve w/ Racking Arm FE800V. You can then rotate the spigot, arm and all, when draining and easily keep off the trub.

The Speidel itself is excellent. It's very well built and the handle is solid.
March 17, 2017
have 3
These things rock. I got one to replace a certain popular beginners kit's fermenter....that split down the seams. I have 3 total now, and just ordered a 30L as I'm gearing up for larger batches. I've examined other fermenters, and even considered a conical, but came back to speidel. They are durable, affordable, easy to clean, if you drill out the 12L top and cut the center out flush with the inner lid ring it'll take a 9.5 stopper and will accept a normal airstop. Its perfect for 2 and 2.5 gallon batches if your using popular sized beginners kits. I will continue to use these for many many years even after going to larger batches for wine making and experimental beer batches.

Get one you will not be sorry.....
March 5, 2017
Threads aren't clean
Love this thing, and started using it almost immediately after receiving.

Other than the desire for some way to add an airlock, which as others have pointed out, is super easy to add yourself, the only "defect" or less-than-ideal part of construction is that the threading for the lid isn't clean.

Basically, there's a bunch of untrimmed plastic from when this was put into the mold, and it can cause major difficulty loosening and tightening the lid.

Spent 5 minutes using a sharp utility knife to trim off this extra plastic from in-between the threads, and now it works like a charm.

-1 star for the amount of extra effort needed to make this really worth while.
September 7, 2016
Like them
I bought two of these for small batches. I did drill a 1/2 hole in the lids and put a grommet in and use 3 piece air locks in them. It worked quite well. I really liked transferring with the spigot. I do have some minor concerns about being able to clean the spigot's fully but not too worried. Overall this is currently my choice for my 2 gallon sized batches. I do those to fill a 5L mini keg and usually get enough for most of a 2 liter with a carbonation cap to try out the batch long before it is naturally carbonated in the mini keg.
September 9, 2014
Big mouth
Just got my 12L Speidel. Like the description points out, this doesn't have a hole for an airlock. No bother, a spade bit later and i'm reusing my #6 drilled stopper and 3-piece airlock. Word of warning: Don't carry by the handle when the airlock is in place. Replace airlock with a solid stopper if you need to use the handle. All told, having to drill my own airlock hole was a small price to pay for the built-in spigot and a wide mouth for cleaning.
June 8, 2014
Next stop after Mr. Beer
Wanted something a little better than the Mr. Beer keg I got for Christmas. This was the ticket! Perfect little fermenter for small batches. Works great - no leaks!
May 19, 2014
Doesn't Leak!!!!
After using buckets for years and always having the same problems as others with the spigot valves causing the buckets to cave in slightly causing drips. I am sold on the solid construction and quality of Speidel. Cheers.
May 6, 2014
Great Product
I recently purchased this along with the 5 gal and 7.9 gal Speidel fermenters. These things are easy to transport and extremely easy to clean. I now use these exclusively (except for sours). No more worrying about breaking glass!
July 25, 2013