I officially got a hold of one of the Brew Buckets
Have to say pretty impressed with the construction ...I've seen Stout Tanks and Blichmanns and this is just as good as quality stainless steel
It was packed professionally came with a reference guide and had the ball valve and airlock bung packed separately . Didn't smell or notice any oil that sometimes you see with stainless products
Ball valve is one solid piece with two silicone gaskets and a stainless nut with a plastic turn knob. It was easy to install and did a leak test and saw no drops on the first install. Racking arm was easy to move. I'm thinking it could be a little longer. But for the purpose of taking gravity samples and racking it does it's job
Super impressed with the lid and latch mechanisms...they have a built in spring that applies addition pressure...inside has a gasket to have a solid seal...I actually filled the bucket up with water turned on its side and not a drop leaked out
I actually weighed a standard glass carboy to compare the bucket and they both weigh the same right at 10lbs. Bucket fells lighter though. The handles are in the right position to carry and look to be securely attached. They could be a little wider and maybe have a rubber grip to add some comfort.
I do fermenting in buckets, carboys, and even corny and sankes. I've had buckets get scratched and cause infections, carboys have broke. Problem with sanke and corny it's hard to see inside and when racking you aren't sure where the trub is. This is the reason I'm excited to use this. The conical shape should collect the trub and yeast so when I go to rack I should avoid it.
Plan on filling this up tomorrow and will update the thread. Plan on doing a big IPA to see how well it collects the trub