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Old 10-29-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Food grade buckets?

I have a large supply of grey plastic 5 gallon buckets w/ lids. These were previously used for gear oil. I have used some of these buckets for soaking bottles in oxyclean. The inside of the buckets have cleaned up very well afterward and I get no oil residue or odor from the bucket.
Can these be safely used for fermenting buckets (provided that they are cleaned)? If not, what kind of problems could I see?

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Old 10-29-2011, 03:55 PM   #2
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Flip them over and look for the recycling number, then Google that beeyotch...

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Old 10-29-2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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What batch size are you fermenting? 5 gallons is about 2 gallons shy of what you want for 5 gallon batches...

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Old 10-29-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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I would be leery of a plastic bucket that held gear oil or any other non-food grade chemical for long periods. The plastic can take up some of the chemicals and then give it back up over time. IMO not worth the risk when buckets are so cheap. You can buy a food grade 5 gallon bucket with lid at Lowes or HD for like $10.

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Or go to a grocery stores bakery department and ask for the icing buckets (with lids) that they normally recycle daily.

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Toss them. Buckets are cheap, why risk it?

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I would keep those for utility buckets and get some nice, new buckets that were well suited to fermentation. I use the 7 gallon US Plastics buckets. Lids can be chosen from around 10 colors, and the lid has a REAL neoprene 'O'-ring seal, so your fermenter will be airtight. Drill the lid with a 1/2" wood bit, you can buy the grommets at any online HB supply, and you're in business. I like these better than the standard "Ale Pail," because just that extra headroom means foamouts are less likely. Three buckets with lids, delivered, were around $33 bucks.

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How about Homer buckets ?

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How about Homer buckets ?
A lot of people say they wouldn't use them. I have a few times though. The beer came out good. At your own risk. I really wouldn't use a used bucket food grade or not. If fermentation is the most important part of the process then why not spend a few bucks there. At least 15 for an Ale Pail and lid. That said I have used the HD buckets for the rare occasion I need 3 fermenters at once.
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I use Homer Buckets to store the grain...Everything else (buckets, pots, fermenters is food grade..

OK - I guess I found out the h buckets are not "food Grade", but its not like I am actually consuming the grain, and they keep out the hungry mice. Call me cheap.

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