After several test batches, I am finally writing my review of the most recent addition to my brewery- the big mouth bubbler. The big mouth bubbler is one of the newer fermenters out there.
One of the big draws to the bubbler was it’s huge hole. Er- I mean, that doesn’t quite sound right. Let me rephrase, the big mouth bubbler has a much large opening for easier cleaning, adding fruit or dry hopping. It also has a few other gadgets about it but I found most of these not relevant for my brewing set up. More on this later.
The big mouth bubbler came in several sizes but what you really need is the 6.5 gallon size unless you are super into sours or really hate cleaning (which means lazier than me- probably hard to find). The big mouth bubbler has enough headspace that you can effectively not worry about a blow over for those high gravity beers or accident prone wheat beers, like the German wheat beers that I am so fond of. For this alone, the bubbler gets a thumbs up.
One addition that has saved my back many times is the brew hauler. You can get similar ones through various websites but the one linked is the one I bought. The brew hauler makes moving your full fermenter exponentially easier, and although I’m writing specifically about the big mouth bubbler, the brew hauler can be used for most sizes of fermenters.
There are a lot of other upsell accessories that go along with the big mouth bubbler. You can add a carrier, you can add a double port in the lid which allows you to keep a airlock and a wine thief for testing gravity or blow off tubing.
I got the double port. This allows you to use an airlock and a blow off tube, or a second hole to get samples. However, after many uses I can count on one hand the amount of times that I actually used it. However, if you have frequent blow offs or have a type of beer that you need many samples then the double port would be a godsend.
Overall thoughts: This has become my favorite fermenter. The wider opening makes it very easy to clean- which is arguably the worst part of brewing. It is easy to use for the rare occasions that I add hop additions. It would be a piece of cake to add any fruit additions as well.