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Old 08-04-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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I did a bonehead move last brew day. I had stuck sparge city on my mash tun and I poured the whole mash into a Homer Bucket for around 10 minutes. Took me awhile to find the scissors to cut the the twisted portion of the braid.

Yeah. I know. 152F. Leaching chemicals. I should have used my brew bucket.

Anyways dump or no dump?

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Old 08-04-2009, 11:03 PM   #2
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What grade of plastics is it? I don't believe 10 minutes should be a problem.

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Old 08-04-2009, 11:13 PM   #3
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What grade of plastics is it? I don't believe 10 minutes should be a problem.
Homer Buckets (Home Depot) are orange HDPE 2. I think some are concerned that the dye is carcinogenic.
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Hdpe 2 is a food safe plastic, I see no problem.


HDPE (high density polyethylene) is used in milk, juice and water containers in order to take advantage of its excellent protective barrier properties. Its chemical resistance properties also make it well suited for items such as containers for household chemicals and detergents. Most five gallon food buckets are made from HDPE.

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Well so far there's one vote to keep it. I do remember reading an article that stated that yeast will absorb nasty stuff like lead. Actually the beer in England has no lead in it while the water has 3x the amount allowed in the USA. I'm not sure that the yeast would eat any carcinogenic chemicals though.

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If you that worried about mash water being sullied after 10 minutes in a food safe container, this may not be the best hobby for you. You are stressing yourself over nothing.

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If you that worried about mash water being sullied after 10 minutes in a food safe container, this may not be the best hobby for you. You are stressing yourself over nothing.
OK. Thanks. Sorry about being a whiny worry wort.
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OK. Thanks. Sorry about being a whiny worry wort.
No need to apologize. Your beer will be fine!
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:49 AM   #9
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There's no guarantee that it is food safe. HDPE 2 is a certfied food safe if the processes and materials used are food safe (and when the FDA approves it)*. I've read comments/statements that make convincing arguments for and against the homer buckets. What it comes down to is you need to read both arguments and do what you're comfortable with.

Having said that, I think you should keep it. You don't have much more to lose at this point.

On a side note... I was in a port-o-john recently and I was happy to see that the wall was stamped HDPE 2. Would you ferment in that? I don't think they made that plastic to be food safe. I mean, it is meant to hold food, but... after it is processed by us (gross)


*(no quote/link here, just read all the other threads beating this to death)

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All right, after some more digging, technically not all hdpe 2 is classified as food safe. Having said that I still see NO problem having wort or mash in there for 10 minutes. I use a blue 3 gallon hdpe2 bucket to transfer from mash tun to kettle.

Would I ferment in one? Probably not, but I would drink the beer you made with it.

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