Speidel 7.9 gal Plastic Fermenter
An integrated system for budget fermentation
Test lab notes
The long-time wine equipment manufacturer from Germany has taken the simplicity of your glass carboy and made it more brewer-friendly, with comfortable handles, a sampling port, a large lid opening, a custom airlock that can handle higher gravity ferments, and heavy-duty plastic, all at a very approachable price tag. In our brew tests with it, we were able to successfully transfer near-boiling wort, ferment, and clean without too much trouble (not as easy as stainless). It does, of course, lack some of the more advanced functions that others have, including a temperature port and trub/yeast drain for no-transfer fermenting and yeast harvesting. If plastic is the material of choice, we also prefer a clear plastic so that we can see our brew fermenting.
The downsides of plastic are, of course, well documented (oxygen permeation, cleanliness, durability), but if you’re in the market for a simple fermentor, we would recommend the Speidel.
Price: $59.99 Manufacturer: Speidel Available from: speidels-braumeister.de