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6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket


SKU# U7018

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6.5 gallon food-grade plastic bucket printed with volume graduations. Lid has grommet to accept an airlock.

Keep a few extra buckets with undrilled lids to store cleaning and sanitizing solution between brew sessions.

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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 / 5.0
62 Reviews
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Too scratched to use
Buckets with my starter kit had scratches. Contacted customer service. They said scratches can harbor bacteria. Gave me a gift card, so I order another fermenting bucket. Chalked the bottling bucket up as a loss. New bucket arrives. Scratches! Not small micro scratches, either. The new one also has a rough spot where it looks like it may have been sanded. Sure it's a supplier issue, but also not mine either. From now on I'll get my fermenting buckets elsewhere.
December 3, 2017
2 weeks ago
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review. We are checking our stock and Customer Service will be working to help again. We are sorry for the scratches and hope to get you fermenting as quickly as possible.
December 4, 2017
Todd JStaff
Love the bucket. The volume markings in the side are very helpful and the rubber gasket on top is high quality.
October 11, 2017
3 months ago
The lid that came with this bucket would not snap on or seal well enough to get the air lock to bubble.
May 2, 2017
8 months ago
I love it!
I have a year with my fermenter, so... I love this bucket because I can wash it easily. Its material is very good, and the lid is great. I'v brewed 8 or 9 batches last year with this bucket and I am good with my only one. I'll buy two more because I want to brew a lot of beer this year
February 24, 2017
It Does what a Fermentation Bucket Does...
Does exactly what it is supposed to do. The nice dark volume markings on the side are a huge plus. And the lid is a bit easier to get off than other buckets I have used...but then again, that might mean it isn't as airtight.
January 27, 2017
1 year ago
Good at first, but doesn't last
I have purchased 3 of these buckets, one for my father who brews, one for a friend, and one for myself. They all have the same issue - at first they hold a seal, but after 3-4 batches they don't hold a seal. Its not terrible - if I press on the bucket lid to depress it a bit you can see the airlock build a little pressure, but it quickly equalizes, and then when I take my hand off it creates negative pressure and does the same thing.

The end result is that I can't tell if there is fermenation going on, and I have to quickly guess when fermentation has stopped so I don't leave me beer in a bucket that could have Oxygen. I am sure it's not leaking much oxygen in, but the whole point is to not have any.

I have one the 7.9 gallon buckets in addition to this one. The 7.9 Gallon has an o-ring in the lid and a much tougher locking mechanism to make sure its on there. I have brewed 15+ batches in the 7.9 bucket without issue. I would recommend getting one of those instead of these.
November 28, 2016
Not air tight
I thought my must was the issue with no bubbling. I transferred it to my Master Vinter bucket with an O-ring and the seal was tight, and the bubbling commenced. I emptied the bucket, filled half way with water, placed the lid on tight, and shook it up. It leaked. It has now been relegated to a cleaning bucket.
November 28, 2016
Fermenting 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, 2016
No 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, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
Hi 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!


November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Bucket review
The handle already cracked. Thats why i am giving it a three star rating.
August 15, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
I am very sorry about the cracked handle on your fermenting bucket. I am having a replacement sent out to you right away. I hope this helps!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
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why is there a Plato measurement on the bucket?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2017
Sorry 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?
M A on Mar 4, 2016
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.
Where is 6.5 gallons? The markings only go to 5.
A shopper on Oct 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 6.5 gallons is the total volume of the bucket.The markings go up to 5, but if you look at the spacing between the markings, you'll see the distance between 5 and the top of the bucket is about one and a half spacings. Therefore the 6.5 looks accurate to me.
You want some head space, so this bucket is suitable for brewing 5 gallons - which is what I use it for.
Is the bucket and lid BPA free?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2017
6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket
6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket
Undrilled Lid for 6.5 Gal
Undrilled Lid for 6.5 Gal
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, the bucket and lid are BPA free. Cheers!
Does lid require gasket? I started fermentation without one.
Joshua T on Mar 31, 2017
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.

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