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Old 08-17-2011, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default Lowes food grade buckets

I know there has been some discussion about the grey lowes buckets, but I was there today and they have white ones, which are made by a company in Ohio, and the Lowes product description says "food grade". The bottom of the bucket says "HDPE". 5 gallons is too small for a primary fermenter, but it could make a good bottle bucket. They are $4, and they have lids with orings, but I'm pretty sure the lids cost extra.

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Old 08-17-2011, 04:38 AM   #2
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Yup, they're food grade, the lids are sold separately, and they're not only good for bottling buckets (takes minutes to drill for a faucet) they're a cheap sanitation bucket for brew days...

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i use them for bottling buckets, they're the perfect size.

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I just picked up two 5 gal clear plastic, labeled food grade, graduated with gallons/quarts/liters at home depot. $5 each. Score!

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i use mine for sanitation on brew days, and usually for a liquid bucket for blow off tubes.. i was planning on cutting a hole in the lid for the blowoff tube to push into, but been too lazy to do that yet

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got the same thing at Ace Hardware. They do stain with iodine solution but they make great secondary fermenter and are good for 4 gallon batches.

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got the same thing at Ace Hardware. They do stain with iodine solution but they make great secondary fermenter and are good for 4 gallon batches.

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Heck, pretty much anything other than SS will stain from Iodophor But you can remove that tint with an extended soak in a weak bleach solution. BT/DT...

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Very cool! I need to get an extra sanitation bucket that I can leave prepared starsan in, this is perfect.

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Heck, pretty much anything other than SS will stain from Iodophor But you can remove that tint with an extended soak in a weak bleach solution. BT/DT...

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Just bottled a pale ale i used the buck as a secondary for and the stain is gone.

Think i should us this as justification to brew more "Babe, I need to get the iodine stain out of my bucket"

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Sounds good for storing grains. How much 2-row fits in a 5 gal bucket? I've not had an opportunity for a group buy on grains, but a new store opened in town (Melbourne. FL) and I'm hoping they might give a price break for a 50 lb bag.

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