Q: Does this hold 20 gallons of liquid?
A: this fermenters capacity to the rim would be 20 gallons
Q: Is there a hole in the top of the 20 gal primary fermenter bucket that I can put my fermentation airlock into?
A: these lids do not have a grommet or opening for an airlock. you can drill an opening for a smaller airlock grommet or wider opening to suit a drilled bung to use with an airlock as needed
Q: Is this twenty gal fermenter food grad?
A: correct, all fermenting buckets, and carboys sold on the side would be made using Food grade Materials
Q: Is the lid available for sale separately. Mine broke and I need replacements.
A: The vendor does provide the lids as a spare part by special order but is currently out of stock without a return eta for availability at this time (Oct 2018)
Q: If I don't do the Secondary, could you ferment for longer periods on a Primary with this bucket, perhaps 3 weeks or more, if you wished?
A: This can be done but would run most risk of oxidation on the product as the lid to the fermenter is not completely air tight
Q: Is this suitable for grain storage?
A: The lid does not snap or lock into place, but would be the only downside to use for storing grains.
Q: Is this unit air tight?
A: The fermenter and lid are not airtight by design to allow for gas escape during fermentation
Q: Would like to make a big melomel batch are there gal marking either inside or outside? Thanks
A: The fermenters do not have graduate markings on the inside. I typically use a piece of masking tape on the outside that I can use water to fill the fermenter and mark the tape with the different gallon marks
Q: Is the wall at the bottom of the bucket flexable enough to install a spicket or some type bottling drain valve?
A: Yes, you should able to install a spigot without issue
Q: does the lid have a predrilled hole with grommit for a airlock?
A: The lid sits on top of the bucket and is not air tight so that co2 may escape. A pre-drilled hole and air lock is not necessary for this model.
Q: What type of lid closure does this bucket have? Screw on? Place on?
A: The lid rests on the bucket and the handles are positioned to keep the lid in place. This bucket is not airtight.
Q: Would you recommend this for lagering, or secondary fermentation, where not as much CO2 escapes through the lid?
Will the lid potentially blow off during primary fermentation?
A: During lagering or secondary fermenting, your vessel should be as close to the size of batch as possible. You don't want any extra head space during this time frame. I suppose it is possible that the lid could blow off, but you could easily drill a hole in the lid and add a blow off tube or airlock grommet/airlock to this vessel.
Q: Is this bucket air tight or does it need a seal?
A: This bucket is not airtight. It is meant for use during primary fermentation only where the fermentation is producing a lot of CO2 which will prevent O2 from entering the fermentation bucket.
Q: Does the lid for the bucket have a hole pre-drilled for an airlock?
A: It does not have a pre-drilled hole. You may not need to add an air lock to this or the 10 gallon fermentor, the lids have a few small vertical ridges that will allow some air to escape.