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Old 10-18-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
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is there any reason i couldnt use a regular 5 gallon water bottle to secondary? what about the 6 & 7 gallon water tanks you can get at any camping store for a primary?

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Old 10-18-2006, 09:48 PM   #2
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as i understand, most plastic water bottles are susceptible to contamination due to the porous material used for blow-molding.

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Old 10-18-2006, 10:55 PM   #3
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I don't believe that are usually PET, meaning that they will allow O2 to pass through too easily.

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Cheap plastic = Oxidation = cardboard

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Old 10-19-2006, 04:00 AM   #5
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could i coat them with something to make them usable?

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Old 10-19-2006, 04:01 AM   #6
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sorry I sound so cheap, im just a poor college student who really wants to get into homebrewing.

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Old 10-19-2006, 04:51 AM   #7
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If your really poor I'd just go for plastic fermenting buckets then, they are only like 7 bux or something and most brewshops have em.

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Old 10-19-2006, 06:54 AM   #8
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Hey bummerkit,
Join the party! =) I too am a poor college kid brewing!

I brew 2.5 gallon batches in Mr.Beer kegs (I have 2), and have had a hell of a lot of success doing it. Of course, I don't use Mr.Beer recipes, which helps.

From MoreBeer.com the 6.5 gallon buckets are $8 + shipping. At my LHBS they're $11 + tax, which isn't too bad either. The Mr. Beer kegs are $10 at mrbeer.com. The really nice thing about them is actually being able to see the fermentation. =)

I tend to just take 5 gallon recipes, and cut them in half. Been working pretty well so far... I've thought about 5 gallon brews (As the 6.5 gallon buckets are cheap), but I like doing smaller batches just to get to try more beer faster. Of course, the down side to this is that it doesn't cost that much more to do a 5 gallon brew.

Doing some simple math, I worked my cost per bottle to a little over a dollar, but if I was doing 5 gallons, it comes out well under a dollar.

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Most water cooler water bottles are polycarbonate and make an excellent secondary.

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Most water cooler water bottles are polycarbonate and make an excellent secondary.
This might be a deceiving statement, I think you would need to check the rating (the recycling number in the triangle on the bottom of the bottle). I looked at all my water bottles and they were rated #7 Other

I think anything less then a #1 PETE is not recommended for a fermenter?

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1 PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate. Accounts for 20-30% of all plastic bottles manufactured. Most commonly found in 2-liter soda bottles, and water bottles.

2 HDPE - High Density Polyethylene. The most common plastic used in plastic bottle manufacture, about 50-60%. Usually found in milk and detergent jugs, shampoo and lotion bottles.

3 V - Vinyl/Polyvinyl Chloride.

4 LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene. Used in film plastics and plastic grocery bags.

5 PP - Polypropylene.

6 PS - Polystyrene. Used in disposable food service tableware, plates and cups. The "foam polystyrene" variety is often mistakenly called "Styrofoam" and is used for rigid packing material and peanuts.

7 Other All other plastic resins and multi-material plastics
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