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6.5 gallon food-grade plastic bucket printed with volume graduations. Lid has grommet to accept an airlock. 12" diameter, 17.5" tall.
Keep a few extra buckets with undrilled lids to store cleaning and sanitizing solution between brew sessions.
Lid seal does not have a gasket.
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4.5 / 5.060 ReviewsNo o-ring in the lid. No air tight seal!With other buckets, my 3-piece air lock remains raised due to slight pressurization well after the vigorous fermentation has stopped. With the Northern Brewer bucket and lid, the air lock does not remain pressurized because there is no o-ring to make an air tight seal!!! I do NOT recommend and regret buying this thing!August 16, 2016Response from Northern BrewerHi Thomas,
Thanks for your review! The bucket lid does not require a gasket as long as the lid is snapped on, and if the yeast is working, then the bucket is going to be pressurized, regardless of where the CO2 escapes. That said, we'd be happy to offer some store credit for the value of the bucket. If you'd prefer a different resolution, let us know!
CharlesNovember 21, 2016Northern Brewer NGood buckets; air them out"A bucket is a bucket," some say. But, the price and quality of these make them the ones to get. I double-checked the accuracy of the gallon level markings on each of the four I have (3 fermentors and one bottling bucket) and they are all very accurate - or at the very least - consistently marked. I tested by filling a one-gallon juice jug with sanitizing solution and filling each bucket to the first gallon marking. They all matched. One recommendation I would add is that when using these when newly-recieved, give them time - like a day or two - to air out and get rid of the plastic smell that they have when freshly molded, perhaps even apply some bleach solution to help. I have not heard of this affecting brew flavor, nor have I experienced a plastic taste from using these, but why risk it?Brew on!March 16, 2014It is betterBetter than my old one , has the gallon levels marked on the side, it has a handle, and the lid has a seal that wasnt in my old one, And I put in 6 gallons with no problems.September 13, 20136.5 gallon fermenting bucketI like everything about the buckets except the lid. It is extremely hard to remove. Can't complain about it sealing well-it does. It is just hard to remove. Maybe it will get easier as time goes on.May 30, 2016Fermenting bucket-lid not airtight...Been looking for a fermenter that I can count on to have gas escape through the airlock and not around the edges..I have three different fermenters and this one is the most recent. Unfortunately, the fit of the cover is not tight enough to prevent gas escapage...still a nice fermenter though...September 15, 20166.5 gallon fermenting bucketI got this bucket along with the drilled plastic lid. I noticed that the lid does not have a gasket, so I was concerned about the seal. I wanted to test the fit of the lid before I used it. I was not even able to get the lid on. My husband tried and did get it to snap on tightly. It seemed to make a good seal. Then we tried to take the lid off... and we couldn't. I'm glad we tried it before we started brewing. I'm hoping we can return it.April 8, 2016This is a very highThis is a very high quality fermentation bucket!February 22, 2016Best bucket for the buckBought one to have as a spare but moved this one up to #1 primary fermenter....The inside is flawless, no nicks,bumps or anything leftover from the plastic molding process. Smooth as silk like a fermenter should be...of course a bucket is a bucket but this one has the competition beat.January 21, 2014Nice bucketSolid product. Handy markings on side for fluid level.November 30, 2015
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 7 answersSorry if this is a silly question, just started brewing at home....does it matter if you use this bucket for Primary or Secondary fermenting? I am looking to add another bucket to my kit, I have a fermenting bucket and a bottling bucket. Can you use the bottling bucket for your secondary fermenting or is using a separate bucket better?
Thanks!BEST ANSWER: I prefer to use a plastic bucket as the primary fermenter and a glass carboy for the secondary. The carboy has a smaller air space to fill up with CO2. At this point in the process, there is less fermentation going on so the huge air space between the lid and the surface of the beer in the plastic bucket may not fill sufficiently to keep oxygen-consuming bacteria from growing.Is the bucket and lid BPA free?6.5 Gallon Fermenting BucketBEST ANSWER: Hi there, the bucket and lid are BPA free. Cheers!Does lid require gasket? I started fermentation without one.BEST ANSWER: These bucket lids do not have an edge gasket, like the 7.9 gallon buckets do. The drilled lid will have a grommet to hold the airlock securely, but they don't have a gasket to seal it around the top edge of the bucket.