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Speidel Plastic Fermenter - 20L / 5.3 gal.
FE710

Speidel Plastic Fermenter - 20L / 5.3 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 and oversized 2-piece Speidel airlock.
  • Designed and manufactured in Germany by Speidel, the makers of our legendary commercial wine tanks

Suggested Applications:

  • 12L: Perfect for storing small lots, making experimental batches and 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: 12 in. Diameter x 16.5 in. Height (w/out airlock in place). Mouth is 4.75 in. wide. Note - The maximum temperature that these plastic fermenters can handle is 140F.

Item # FE710
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Availability California - Out Of Stock
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Weight 4LBS
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Brett T G on Dec 13, 2018
tired of heavy glass carboy
Robert L on Dec 12, 2018
mead
Brett T G on Dec 13, 2018
better than a carboy
Daniel D on Dec 12, 2018
tired of heavy glass carboy
Robert L on Dec 12, 2018
Secondary fermentation for my 5 gallon batches and primary for my 3 gallon batches
Aaron H on Nov 30, 2018
gift request
Cheryl B on Nov 28, 2018
Best plastic fermenter I've found.
Ted on Nov 19, 2018
Reviews
Wally M on Oct 15, 2018
Slowly replacing my Big Mouth Bubblers
Jimmy S on Oct 10, 2018
Trying a small home made batch of California wine grapes.
Dan S on Sep 19, 2018
Have a Braumeister and the Spiedel products are impressive in my opinion
Jaan N on Sep 5, 2018
Air tight seal, perfect size, fast shipping
Merry L on Aug 30, 2018
Mead fermenter
Philip S on Aug 29, 2018
I have 2 of the 12 L and really like them
Bob De L on Aug 28, 2018
need a new secondary fermenter
Frank L on Aug 18, 2018
Wanted a better sealing plastic bucket for secondary than my BMBs
DCBILL on Aug 10, 2018
I HAVE USED THEM IN THE PAST
Valued C on Jul 24, 2018
Already own. Adding another. Useful for dry hopping.
Tom R on Jul 24, 2018
I am old and they are easier for me to handle
clement w. on Jul 17, 2018
Size. Need a low profile secondary for lagering. Handles work with movement of the fermenter.
Scott M on Jul 11, 2018
Handles and a spigot
Larry B on Jun 26, 2018
better than a carboy
william k on Jun 6, 2018
To use as a secondary fermenter for lagers
J Larry V on May 28, 2018
Already own... adding to. These are awesome !
Tom R on May 22, 2018
ratings, size, style
Billy Trimble on Mar 24, 2018
Advice of friends who are brewers
Charley H on Mar 20, 2018
Great deal - love the fermenters!
Jamye B on Mar 16, 2018
I'm hoping these will make great aging vessels for sour beers.
Rodney Flowers on Mar 16, 2018
Sound like the best one.
Gordon C on Mar 3, 2018
No more broken glass carboys, easy clean, handles for lifting, I have 2 others and have been completely satisfied.
Michael R on Feb 27, 2018
Hdpe, wide mouth, built in handles
David F on Feb 22, 2018
It ferments
Jeremy D M on Feb 8, 2018
great quality and it hold perfect amount for 2 cases of bomber bottles
audrey c on Feb 5, 2018
Friends in Germany use this brand for their wine and it gets great reviews
Valued C on Jan 30, 2018
Plastic is safer than glass. And this one has handles.
Drew S on Jan 26, 2018
I purchased the next size up and it worked great.
Dark Harbor P on Jan 24, 2018
Ever have a glass carboy break in your hands?
Gregg Carney on Jan 22, 2018
size and quality
Robert George Sebring on Jan 15, 2018
better than a carboy
Daniel D on Dec 12, 2018
Secondary fermentation for my 5 gallon batches and primary for my 3 gallon batches
Aaron H on Nov 30, 2018
Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Speidel 20L fermenter
Easy to handle and clean, and it fits conveniently in my keezer. I use this size for secondary fermentation.
November 9, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Okay
The Spiedel fermenters are built pretty solid but I’m not a huge fan.
These may work perfectly for you but I found a few issues and have already moved on to something different and am Craigslisting this thing.

The main issues I had are: I upgraded to the expensive metal spigot and even though it was on tight and I checked it before filling it slow leaked overnight and made a little puddle of wort all over the floor, I tried multiple times to put it on again and tighten/adjust it and it is leaking from the center spigot seal, not the threaded seal so the metal spigot design isn’t that great for $30-35. I then dumped the beer into a basic plastic fermenting bucket to finish it since it was only 18 hours in.

The next brew I used this on I used the plastic spigot it comes with since the metal upgrade was leaky, all went great during fermentation until racking time. The spigot does not fit standard 3/8 tubing or if it does maybe it has to be super hot and worked on roughly after boiling. This resulted in me racking the beer into the keg with a larger 1/2” tubing I had which was too big and loose and caused all kinds of air bubbles and leaked beer onto the floor, also I was unable to get 100% of the wort out of the spigot due to the way the cake settles and how wide these are, I lost like a 1/2 gallon I couldnt get out without bringing all the yeast and trub with it. Using an auto-siphon might be the best bet but these things are DEEP with a narrow mouth so it may be annoying to siphon as well. I’d say between the spigot flaws and the deep wide body spreading the wort out thinly over the trub I lost like a gallon of IPA.

I may just be dumb and used to wide topped brew buckets but I hate this thing and immediately bought an Anvil stainless steel bucket fermenter after the last brew which will replace the old plastic buckets I’ve been using and the new Spiedel as well. I have a Spiedel for sale and also a Catalyst psuedo-conical fermenter(issues with that thing too) if anyone is interested haha. Lesson learned just spend the duckets on a stainless conical or stainless buckets if you plan on brewing seriously.

I still give the Spidel 3 stars because it is a decent piece of equipment and will probably work great for most people and present few issues. For my style I personally hate it, had major issues during my process and it’s also expensive for plastic. Spend a little more on the Anvil stainless bucket fermenter or a Ss Brew bucket and it’s definitely worth the $$$.
October 20, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
I like these.
I have 3 of these and love them. I run two 5 G cider batches at a time and just rotate them from primary to secondary and around and around. I rarely use the spout when moving from primary to secondary b/c the yeast bed always seems to be just at that level. No big deal I just siphon it. They are easy to clean and sanitize but boy that cider smell never comes out. Mmmmmm. I have had no issues with jagged plastic edges in upper lid (I.e. when cleaning them) or leaky spouts at all. 5gallon is perfect size and handles are strong enough I can move these around and shake the carboy up with them. These do me well till I move up to stainless.
October 10, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Very pleased. Easy to handle and move around. It certainly won't shatter.
September 20, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Great Product
The spigot is preferred over using a siphon. I'd been considering pumps, but with this fermenter & spigot, no longer need a pump.
Just wish I could get this style lid on the 2.5 gallon size. I prefer smaller batch sizes. I have 2 of the 2.5 gallon but customizing the lids for an airlock didn't go too well.
September 10, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Great Vessel!
Great for secondary fermentation.
August 6, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
They help
I am very old and they are easier for me to handle, I have 3 now.
July 30, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Great secondary for 5 gl batches.
May 21, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Awesome Fermenter
have (2) 7.9gals and needed one for smaller batches - the 5.3gal fits the bill.

Speidel fermenters are fantastic!
April 12, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
great design
Tough thick plastic won't break and shouldn't let much oxygen through. The handles, large top opening, and spigot are big improvements over glass demijohns. The downside is not being able to visually observe the fermentation without opening the lid.
April 11, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago