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Old 09-26-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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So after 2 years my brew bucket (aka plastic pail) as developed some small cracks in the bottom so I figured I should get a new one.

My plan is to use the old one for a botteling bucket and to sanitize equip in - while using the new one for a primary fermentor.

Am I taking a chance by using the old pail as bottling bucket - even though the bee is just in it for less then an hour is bacteria a risk even if i sanitize it - will bus jump out the little craks and ruin my beer?? Im thinking not cause ive had the tiny cracks for the last 4 months and have been using it as primary fermentor with no problems...

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Old 09-26-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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i wouldn't take the chance, but that is just me. YMMV

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I'd use it to hold sanitizer and get a new bottling bucket.

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I'd use it to hold sanitizer and get a new bottling bucket.
+1 Buckets are cheap. Not worth the risk.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:33 PM   #5
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+2 on using it for sanitizer...

When I make up a new batch of StarSan I place a date on a piece of tape and put it on the bucket so I know how old it is. If you use Iodophor then the tape's not necessary since it's only active for 24 hours.

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I'm as cheap as anyone, but for ten bucks throw it away. Eventually it could leak five gallons of something all over the place and cost you dearly in money or time cleaning up a mess.

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use it as a seat while brewing....







and buy a new bucket or two.

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+2 on using it for sanitizer...

When I make up a new batch of StarSan I place a date on a piece of tape and put it on the bucket so I know how old it is. If you use Iodophor then the tape's not necessary since it's only active for 24 hours.
I disagree. DO NOT use it for StarSan storage. I had two gallons of StarSan leak though a six-month-old bucket, all over my kitchen floor.

It's not worth the few bucks. Throw the damn thing out.
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Yes you are, use that old bucket for washing your car.

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I didn't catch that it was leaking... if it's leaking, of course, don't use it for sanitizer. You could still use it to store miscellaneous brewing stuff.

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