Speidel Plastic Fermenter - 20L / 5.3 gal.

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. 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 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.


  • 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 # FE710
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 4 LBS
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Norm T on Dec 8, 2022
Lightweight built in handles
Steve H on Aug 10, 2022
Norm T on Dec 8, 2022
I already have one and I am happy with it.
Gary S on Sep 24, 2022
Lightweight built in handles
Steve H on Aug 10, 2022
it's a product I've used before.
Jim S on Aug 8, 2022
I'm never one to make purchases hastily. I did several weeks of research on different types of fermenters since I don't want to continue using glass carboys, and I kept coming back to these. Time will tell if this was a good choice but I feel very confident in the capabilities of this fermenter for my use case which is home/hobby brewing.
Jacob C on Aug 2, 2022
Looking for quality!
Rodolfo U on Apr 30, 2022
Siphonless secondary fermentor. Have had great success using the 30L as my primary fementors.
Bill K on Apr 9, 2022
Because my wife has decided she really likes my homemade wine and I need a secondary fermenter to keep my beer, wine, and ciders from cross-flavoring.
Michael F on Apr 6, 2022
Sturdy, easy to sanitize, size is good for me to handle, I'm old...
Joel Locklear on Apr 1, 2022
Quality product, small footprint
Dennis on Feb 19, 2022
Suggested by a friend
David M L on Feb 18, 2022
to make cider
Forplay24 on Feb 10, 2022
Looked like a good product. I like the fact that it has built in handles and looks heavy duty.
Rick R on Feb 1, 2022
Own Several and these are the best plastic for the money.
Joel Locklear on Jan 22, 2022
Fermentation sec for beer
Roy C M on Jan 22, 2022
Use for 5gal batches of cider
Chris veazey on Jan 3, 2022
I own several and they rock. Easy to clean and airtight... Drink more wine
Joel Locklear on Dec 7, 2021
make in home
sca-13150 Baudilio G on Dec 1, 2021
Love this size
Joel Locklear on Nov 24, 2021
Good for small batches and easy to move when full.
Peter S on Nov 2, 2021
Great reviews
John M on Oct 22, 2021
light weight
Michael J H on Sep 29, 2021
Compact, Sturdy, Airtight, Easy to clean. What else is there.
Joel Locklear on Sep 6, 2021
Bradford B on Sep 6, 2021
I have one already and love it. I'm a small person, this allows me to brew 5 gallon batches on my own due to being able to easily lift and move the fermenter.
Jamie Lynn W on Aug 7, 2021
breathes like a wooden barrell
Edward Hyde on Jul 16, 2021
Cause it had a spigot
Robert V on Jul 6, 2021
I have 3 of these in different sizes. They are best fermentors for the money
Joseph on Jul 2, 2021
My family brewed as a family, now Mom and I are empty nesters. Still want to brew...smaller batches.
Doug C on Jun 29, 2021
Need for smaller batches, I have several 60 and 30 liter models and love them....
Joel Locklear on Jun 22, 2021
Doing small-batch meads, but wanted to make more than a gallon
Philip A on Jun 19, 2021
Secondary for mead
Ethan C on May 27, 2021
I want to use the fermenter for cask conditioning
Robert B on May 17, 2021
perfect choice of secondary fermenter for my 5 gallon batches
Doug Haviland on May 12, 2021
Secondary fermentation
Craig Peacock on May 8, 2021
size and versatility
Sammy K on Apr 20, 2021
Recommendation from a commercial brewer
jacob t on Apr 6, 2021
Recommendation by a friend. I have high hopes
Daniel M on Jan 8, 2021
My friend who owns a brewery said this was the best thing for home brewing.
Justin S on Jan 6, 2021
Vincent D on Dec 9, 2020
easy to use and clean
Angel S on Dec 5, 2020
Light weight , very strong easy to clean , and don't break like the glass I use to use.
ashlee m c on Oct 22, 2020
Friend recommended this brand as the best plastic fermenter
Kevin M on Sep 4, 2020
Replacement for PET carboys. Wanted large opening and also wanted something sturdier than PET
Adam Barrilleaux on Aug 25, 2020
required for brewing school
Thomas J B on Aug 25, 2020
JOHN W B on Aug 19, 2020
recommended by friend
robert w on Aug 14, 2020
Bought it for a friend... love mine
NANCY PERRY on Aug 12, 2020
Due to several positive reviews
Steve E on Jul 31, 2020
Gonna try a kombucha continuous brew
Valued C on Jul 28, 2020
I already have one and I am happy with it.
Gary S on Sep 24, 2022
it's a product I've used before.
Jim S on Aug 8, 2022
Do the components ship wrapped so they don't damage the fermenter?
Wesley A Scott on Mar 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Wesley - Our fulfillment team will do everything necessary to make sure that items do not arrive damaged.

4.7 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Nice compact and strong design
Very good compact size
The only down side is you can't see the fermentation prosses
But is a very high quality material made of
May 6, 2022
7 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Nice unit
Very nice plastic fermentation jug
October 23, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Where have you been all of my life.
For years I have used inferior products and done OK. Glass is heavy and hard to clean, this is not. Stainless is expensive, this is not. I even considered making my own with tanks from the tank depot, but I could not get the quality and accessories required for a fair price. Speidel got it right. I own six 5.3 Gallon, three 7.9 Gallon and 2 of the Rectangle 60 L.... I need more. I dig the compactness of the 5.3 Gallon. It fits on a shelf normally used for wine bottles. More wine is a good thing. Buy this.
September 3, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome fermentor
I have 4 of these in different sizes. Best fermentors for the money
July 15, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love these fermenters. Easy to use and easy to clean. What more could you want...
One finished batch of blonde.. One stout in early stages...
One finished batch of blonde.. One stout in early stages...
April 13, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Well made, using it for sour beers.
February 18, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Worth it.
This thing is well made, durable and easy to clean and use.
January 20, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
More Wine!!!
6 gallon pal of wine racked/filled into one 5.3 g (20L) spiedel for stage 2 fermenting w/sox of oak chips. Perfect tank size minus the stage 1 bottom pal sediment. No bottom drain leakage & the airlocks work great!....Rack/filling a 2nd tank. Easy use w/wide top cap for filling & cleaning- Its a breeze.... More Wine!!!!
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January 8, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Buy it
Best plastic fermenter on the market
January 8, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great tank very easy to clean and moving it around with the handles is heaven sent , replaceable part;s are very easy to get ,but you will not need them ;and the price;s are plus ,not brakeable like my glass fermenter;s and you will be very happy with them !
November 12, 2020
over 2 years ago