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Old 02-13-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default 5 gallon buckets at Lowes, OK?

I know that the "Ale Pail" buckets contained in homebrewing kits are PET or foodgrade plasic.

Does anyone know if the Lowes / HD pails are also PET plastic?

If not, could they at least be used for a sanitizing pail for bottles and equipment if properly cleaned first?

Is anyone else using something other than an "ale pail" for sanization station?

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Old 02-13-2008, 03:58 PM   #2
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The orange ones at HD are not food grade PET plastic, so are not good for fermentation.

I believe you could use them for a utility pail for santizing, etc.

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I use one for a bottling bucket...but wouldn't use it for a fermenter. THere is some info on another Homebrew forum which will remain nameless, where someone called HD corporate and talked to someone in the plastics department there, and they confirmed that indeed, even though they are not labled so, that they are food safe.

I wouldn't trust the orange ones to save my life though. I bought the locktite semi-clear bucket with the gallon increments on it from HD for under 5 bucks...

Just make sure the bucket is really OVER 5 gallons...the Locktite one says that it is 5 gallons at the third ridge down from the top of the bucket. The white one from lowes looks like it is 5 gallons at the top of the bucket...not good if you need to lift your bucket to the top of the table after you've racked to it.

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What's the price on those HD buckets? My LHBS sells the plastic fermenter buckets for $10, I can't see risking a batch of beer to save a couple of bucks... but that's just me...

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Neighborhood bakeries have food grade 5 gal. buckets, and I 'm sure some could be had for a couple of dollars. Should be rather neutral, unlike pickle buckets and such.

Mine has them, and also has 3- gallon ones, with poor lid seals though..

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10 bucks is a lot for some people, like college students and such...

they're 15 bucks plus spigot at my LHBS...Back when I got my kit they were out of bottling buckets...it was the owner of my shop and my nephew (an award winning homebrewer) who took me next door to Lowes and picked out the right bucket for me. It was 5 dollars. And I trust them...plus for bottling it's only touching the brew for about an hour...and like I said after I bought it and before I decided to use it I researched the safety of it...a lot of talk about it...and the chemist on the other HB forum who talked to the guy at HD corporate and got the confirmation that it was indeed safe was what sold me...Plus the big comfy handle makes it a lot easier to lift than my fermentaion bucket...

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Neighborhood bakeries have food grade 5 gal. buckets, and I 'm sure some could be had for a couple of dollars. Should be rather neutral, unlike pickle buckets and such.

Mine has them, and also has 3- gallon ones, with poor lid seals though..

Definitley don't use pickle buckets...
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If a $7 price difference is going to make or break you, I don't think this is the hobby you're looking for. I don't like to chase anyone away, but with shortcuts like this, it's only a matter of time before you try recapping Bud bottles with the original caps and sweeping up your dry yeast with bird feathers.

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If a $7 price difference is going to make or break you, I don't think this is the hobby you're looking for. I don't like to chase anyone away, but with shortcuts like this, it's only a matter of time before you try recapping Bud bottles with the original caps and sweeping up your dry yeast with bird feathers.
When you're a college kid (like the one who started a thread last week asking for advice to enter the hobby cheaply.) Or un employed, 7 bucks on any given time can be a hell of a hit...especially with gas over 3 bucks a gallon...

I know I was unemployed for nearly a year...It wasn't very fun to try do decide on spending a couple bucks on doing something that would make you happy for a little while or buying a necessity like gas.

I don't think doing something that a lot of us have done (use a bucket from home depot recommended and chosen by the owner of an LHBS who started the first store in michigan 30 years ago, to bottle in ) is the same as recapping bud bottles or sweeping yeast with bird feathers...geez talk about welcoming someone to a new hobby.

We don't need all the latest whizbang toys to brew good beer...It's been done for a couple thousand years on a lot less...with no hydrometers or immersion chillers and the fact that the brewing industry is what it is, and having started with open fermentation and airborn yeast, I'd say that the early beers must have been alright, else brewing would have gone the way of the dodo...

7 bucks is 2 packs of hops nowadays. If I had to chose between a bottling bucket from the LHBS and a couple packs of Centennial...I'd choose the centennial in a heartbeat. Or it's the gas to get to the LHBS...
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