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2.5 Gallon Fermenter With Lid & Spigot
FE355

2.5 Gallon Fermenter With Lid & Spigot

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Description

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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Why did you choose this?
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Not too small not to big
Larry F on Aug 2, 2022
Don’t want to tie up my main fermenters with small experiments.
Street B on Mar 14, 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
Clayton G 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
need
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
2nd ferment for hopped cider
Nikolaus H on Oct 31, 2019
To make wine
Betsy J on Oct 10, 2019
I have found this to be a good size for 3 gallon batches.
Daniel B on Oct 7, 2019
Seems like a great deal on a smaller fermenter. I am brewing 1-2 gallon batches and didn't want to spend an arm and a leg.
Kenneth Howell on Jun 5, 2019
I make 1 gallon of mead and this would be perfect for me.
Rodrigo S on Apr 5, 2019
I'm looking to brew smaller batches and reviews were good. There are better and more expensive options but I do not need them at this time.
Brian P on Feb 26, 2019
Perfect size for me. All other sizes were a little too big for me only wanting to do 2-3 gallon sized batches. Will be making mead with this!
Brian T on Nov 17, 2018
I like the size and the reviews sold it.
John S on Oct 24, 2018
Wanted a tight fermenter to make split 5 gal (2.5 gal) batches
GARY N on Oct 2, 2018
Have two others already. NOT 4 GALLONS, but great for 1/2 batches.
Kevin J R on Sep 5, 2018
It seems to be the right product as it includes what I need.
Joel C on May 28, 2022
Brewing small batches
Russell B on Mar 10, 2022
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 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 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 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.
Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
29 Reviews
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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
Purchased
5 months 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
Purchased
5 months 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
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 2 out of 5
spigot leaks, cant get nut a y tighter
spigot leaks, cant get nut any tighter
March 6, 2022
Purchased
5 months 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
Purchased
1 year 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
Rated 1 out of 5
Leaky
Difficult to seal properly and leaks from the spigot.
August 17, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
3 gallon fermenter
Had some trouble getting the lid to latch, but works great for I need
March 26, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Having fun
Only used it once - still using it actually, making 2-1/2 gallons of mead. Love that it’s light, easy to clean, and doesn’t require a vacuum pump. I’m going to really enjoy it.
Making mead
Making mead
March 26, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice little fermenter
I love this little fermenter, perfect for 2.5 gallon batches.
Some have complained that the lid is difficult to get on and off, takes a little finesse, but it's fine once you get the hang of it. Lid seals nicely, airlock is very active (though I did swap out the one that comes with it for a 3 piece).
March 24, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago