Big Mouth Bub­bler

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It solves the big­gest prob­lem with in­ex­pen­sive car­boys—how to get them truly clean

Test lab notes

The Big Mouth Bub­bler is great en­try-level fer­men­tor, and if you’re con­sid­er­ing pur­chas­ing one, it’s prob­a­bly be­cause you’re de­cid­ing be­tween this and a glass car­boy. The trade­offs are this: the car­boy is glass, which re­duces your risk scratch­ing the fer­ment­ing sur­face, which in turn re­duces your risk of in­fec­tion. The Big Mouth Bub­bler is made from a rel­a­tively thin plas­tic, but it does of­fer a large open­ing at the top, mak­ing clean­ing much eas­ier, as well as a grav­ity read­ing/bot­tling spigot to pull sam­ples while your beer is fer­ment­ing. We’ve fer­mented about 10 brews in the Big Mouth Bub­bler with­out in­fec­tion, so due to the up­sides, we reach for this fer­men­tor be­fore a glass car­boy ev­ery time.

One warn­ing on this one … you can­not go into it hot (trust us, we tried—for science). While the other plas­tic fer­men­tors we tested can han­dle the heat, you are go­ing to need to get your wort to a rea­son­able tem­per­a­ture (be­low 100°F/38°C) be­fore trans­fer­ring.

Price: $29.99 Man­u­fac­turer: Big Mouth Bub­bler

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