Speidel Plastic Fermenter - 12L / 3.2 gal.

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. Made in Germany from nothing but undyed and food-safe plastic, these tanks are produced with particularly thick walls which preserves the aroma and the alcohol for a markedly long time. The stable carrying handles have been tried and tested for decades and are extremely durable.

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, airlock and stopper.
  • 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.


  • Can filled containers be carried by the handles?
    • Depending on the weight—barrels up to 30L are no problem—60L is the limit and should not be carried when completely full. The handles have a weight capacity of 30kg (66 lbs).
  • Is there an upper limit on the alcohol content of the stored liquid?
    • In principle, there is not. However, it should be noted that the higher the alcohol content, the faster the seals and, to a lesser extent, the tank itself will wear out.
  • Up to what temperature can the containers be used?
    • For short periods of time the containers can withstand temperatures of up to 80°C (176°F). This temperature should not be exceeded. For longer periods of time the containers can be used at temperatures up to 60°C (140°F).
Item # FE705
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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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I have the 30L and 60L already. Love 'em
Jay H on Dec 1, 2022
for EM
Barry Weiss on Sep 30, 2022
I have the 30L and 60L already. Love 'em
Jay H on Dec 1, 2022
I have another and I find it great for lagers.
Joseph R. F on Nov 11, 2022
for EM
Barry Weiss on Sep 30, 2022
For half batches of beer and 2 gallon cider batches.
Walter E on Jul 8, 2022
Seems like a good small batch fermenter.
John Thomason on Jun 8, 2022
Used to ferment small batches of pepper mash. Wide lid helps during process. Small enough to fit into a mini fridge
SCOTT VINCENT P on Jun 1, 2022
Small batch brewing to minimize headspace
Brandon on Apr 6, 2022
Want to get into 2 gallon brews. Liked the feature and size.
Joseph R. F on Mar 23, 2022
It's the best for small batches!
Anthony T on Mar 4, 2022
Just need a smaller one, since I sometimes have extra left when I transfer to a keg.
Kenneth S on Feb 18, 2022
No need for carriers or spigots or stoppers
Cory P on Feb 16, 2022
For a 3-gallon batch of wine.
D S on Jan 22, 2022
For fun
john m on Nov 5, 2021
Wanted a small primary fermenter with a spigot
Christian W on May 13, 2021
ferment 2 small batches at same time
Betty Dehoney on May 5, 2021
size and versatility
Sammy K on Apr 20, 2021
I have a 35L one and absolutely love it. I’ve been making smaller batches of beer and I’m looking to downgrade my equipment.
Eddie M on Feb 3, 2021
Small batch fermentation.
Stephen L on Jan 28, 2021
Size I am looking for
Rich S on Jan 27, 2021
Right size, trusted name.
Glenn N on Jan 6, 2021
Good reviews for small batch brewing. Wide mouth and spigot.
Richard B on Jan 5, 2021
I use larger size need smaller for trials
Lizeth D on Aug 13, 2020
For 2.5 gal batches
Mark L on Aug 11, 2020
Small batch brewing
Allan G on Jul 7, 2020
needed a small fermenter
Valued C on Jun 28, 2020
Broke my glass fermenter
Justin J on May 29, 2020
I have a 6.5gal fermenter, but I prefer to brew smaller batches more frequently. This will be used concurrently with the 6.5
Yitz S on May 22, 2020
Requested as gift from and for a home brewer
Cheryl W on May 22, 2020
This item had great reviews
George G on Apr 4, 2020
Recommended by a fried
Laura M on Apr 1, 2020
matching pair for split batches
Brandon Whitehead on Mar 13, 2020
Size I was looking for and positive reviews
Bill H on Jan 31, 2020
Want to brew smaller batches. This item was highly rated by the reviews.
Josh D on Dec 30, 2019
Picked as a gift
William R W on Dec 5, 2019
It is portable
Abraham A on Nov 11, 2019
To make small batch mead and other honey wine
Arthur R on Nov 5, 2019
I really like the one I have. So this will be a second small batch secondary
Nick Wright on Nov 2, 2019
I already have two 30 liter fermenters, and they are excellent!
Joe Keesling on Oct 24, 2019
I own the 7.9 gallon speidel and really like it but I've been moving towards smaller batches so this fits the bill perfectly
Brian W on Oct 24, 2019
Like the size and a spigot for ease in racking.
Sandra C on Oct 10, 2019
Wanted a sturdy, light, fermenter with a spigot. Good reputation.
Sandra C on Sep 18, 2019
Facilitates breaking down batches
Antonio A on Aug 28, 2019
I want to start small batch brewing and I really liked the size and sturdiness of the Speidel fermenter.
David P on Jun 20, 2019
Switching from glass carboys
Shane Reddemann on May 24, 2019
Perfect for secondary fermentor from the 5 gallon spidel
jared cranford on Apr 11, 2019
Good size and good price
Lee A on Apr 10, 2019
want a smaller fermenter, this looks sturdy
Merrilee B on Mar 5, 2019
Small batch brewer
Tim H on Jan 21, 2019
Wanted to brew smaller, experimental batches
Jeremy B on Nov 17, 2018
Easier to handle than a glass carboy and imparts some micro-oxygenation effect similar to barrels
Keith J on Oct 22, 2018
I have another and I find it great for lagers.
Joseph R. F on Nov 11, 2022
For half batches of beer and 2 gallon cider batches.
Walter E on Jul 8, 2022
Would it work with the 3.5gal version of fermenter?
Marien Gerbens on Oct 21, 2019
Speidel Plastic Storage Tank - 12L (3.2 gal)
Speidel Plastic Storage Tank - 12L (3.2 gal)
Stainless Dip Tube for Speidel Plastic Fermenters
Stainless Dip Tube for Speidel Plastic Fermenters
BEST ANSWER: This diptube will absolutely work with the 3 gallon fermenter. It may have to be rotated just a bit up from flush, but that won't cause any problems.
What is the diameter and overall height of the 12L/3.2 gal Speidel fermenter, with the airlock installed?
Walter Erb on Jul 2, 2022
Has anyone notice a smell that they cannot clean out of the fermenter? Mine smells like hops after one use and a thorough cleaning. If you have cleaned the smell out how did you do it? Thanks
Andrew Cohen on May 25, 2022
BEST ANSWER: I've used mine 19 times so far and it has always had a residual smell of hops after cleaning. I haven't noticed any adverse effect.
Would this be large enough for primary fermentation of 3 gallon batches? I'm concerned there may not be adequate headspace. Thanks
Theodore Nowicki on Jan 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I use one of these for making 2.5+ gallon gluten-free batches for a neighbor. 3 gallons would likely bubble over during fermentation, particularly with a high OG recipe. You might get by with a blow off set up with some recipes, but the extra cost for that would more than pay for the 20L model.
Is the 3.2 gal too big for one gallon batches, or will that still be ok?
Joshua Stumbaugh on Jan 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I disagree with the other responses. 1 gallon batches are fine in this. The additional headspace isn't of much concern post fermentation as nearly all of the oxygen should have been displaced by CO2 produced during fermentation. As long as the seal is good and you aren't opening the lid to introduce additional oxygen then this vessel is fine.
Has anyone tried a speidel plastic fermentor to make Kombucha?
Charles D. Coskery on Mar 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These fermenters work great for Kombucha. They are very easy to slip a scoby into and bottle from. The HDPE plastic is great at preventing too much oxygen seeping in, very easy to clean, and you can add boiling water to the empty fermenter to pasteurize it if you want to use a different colony or start another project.
What is the tubing size for the spigot on the Speidel fermentor?
Jeffrey Hewit on Sep 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Jeffrey, 3/8'' tubing will provide a snug fit on the spigot. You can use 1/2'' but you'll want to use a hose clamp to secure the line.
I'm interested in the blow off tube assembly shown in the picture of the comment from Dennis K. (July 5th). What are those white plastic elbow connectors attached to the grommet on the Speidel that he's using for his blow off tube assembly?
Maurice Hajjar on Aug 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hello Maurice - They look to be push-in fittings for RO water filtration systems. Similar to a larger SharkBite fitting. Search John Guest fittings.
Could this be used for fermenting vegetables?
Grayson Cauley on Oct 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but there are likely cheaper options without a spigot
What is the diameter of the hole for the bung on this model?
Adam Schaff on Apr 11, 2022

4.5 / 5.0
28 Reviews
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Rated 5 out of 5
Split that 5g Wort and Pitch 2 different Yeast's
Split that 5g Wort and Pitch 2 different Yeast's. Same QUALITY as my Bigger Speidel w/ German Quality through out and common cap sizes.
July 3, 2022
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Sweet Little thing
I use for my Bottling of small blend batches. I need 2 more. Love this size,
June 18, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Looks nice, holds three gallons, But the smell??
I have used my Speidel 12L fermenter for the first time. After a 10 day ferment I racked to my secondary to carbonate. I cleaned it out well with a sponge and Dawn detergent.

I then sanitized it with star san. It stinks like Hops. Very strong smell. I thought these were food safe and impervious to odors and stains from wine.

Obviously that is not true.

Searching the internet I found the smell is common for these plastic fermenters. Apparently its impossible to get the smell out but folks say it does not affect their beer.

I guess I will be looking for glass or stainless to replace this one.
A waste of $46.
May 25, 2022
7 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
5 star well made accessory, customer serv @ Moorbeer is top notch
5 star well made device, customer serv @ Moorbeer is top notch
March 26, 2022
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Bought it to replace a flimsy fermonster. I already have 4 of the 7.9 liter Speidel fermenters and it is by far the better choice.
January 26, 2022
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
12 liter is great for test batches. Bottom spigot and top designed for air lock make it easy to ferment and rack/age.
October 12, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for small batches.
Great size for fermenting 2.5 gallon batches from my Anvil Foundry 6.5. Easy to clean and very sturdy. No issues with the gaskets and would highly recommend. I have two ssbrewtech buckets but prefer this one over them and will use brewbuckets for sours now and the Spiedels for everything ee
May 2, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
One brew in - seems fine
I'm only using this for small test batches and the first one with the Speidel went fine. Easy to clean and easy to move around. So far no complaints - solid product.
February 24, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
One Didnt Fully Seal...
I bought 3 of these. On one of them the lid on top did not seal properly due to the plastic seam being a bit rough. I found this out after fermentation began so hopefully the finished product isnt an oxidized mess. This would be 5* if the one sealed properly, because the other 2 are the best fermenters ive ever owned.
September 30, 2019
over 3 years ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Don't hesitate to contact our customer service team regarding the fermenter giving you troubles. You can reach us by phone at 1(800) 600-0033 or email us at support@moreflavor.com. Cheers!
October 1, 2019
Graciela H
Rated 4 out of 5
Sturdy fermenter with one drawback
I really like this fermenter. I love how sturdy it is. I also really like the handle. The only drawback is that since it’s so thick and sturdy it’s hard to get the temperature of the liquid inside. I’m still looking at options which may include having to drill into it.
August 5, 2019
over 3 years ago