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Old 11-20-2012, 03:22 AM   #1
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Default Plastic water bottle as secondary?

I know I've looked that #7 5gallon water bottles can be used as a secondary. I have a in with a guy w/ several of these and he will give me a few.

Question is am I right about the #7 plastic bottles?

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Old 11-20-2012, 03:51 AM   #2
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The plastic water cool jugs are not air inhibited which means that your beer will oxidize as it ages.

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Old 11-20-2012, 03:58 AM   #3
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Excuse my ignorance, but what's the difference between PET bottles or Better Bottles and 5gal water bottles?

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:13 AM   #4
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I just found the thread that I was thinking about. Looks like I will be on the hunt for a PET bottles. Thanks Gartywood for the help.

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:18 AM   #5
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A buddy of mine just used a regular 5 gallon sparklets style water bottle as a primary fermenter. His beer sat in there for 3 weeks before bottling I offered him a better bottle or a bucket but he said he didn't want it. His beer turned out just fine.

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:24 AM   #6
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I use my 5 gallon water bottles all the time but I only secondary for a week, whether it be on fruit or dry hops.

Mostly I use them to mix and store Star San though.

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:36 AM   #7
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I use the 5 gallon cube water bottles for more than a year now, no problems, no off flavors, no oxidation. They cost about $6 at the grocery store and several HB suppliers do sell them too.

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:41 AM   #8
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Lots of people say that the containers should be marked with a triangle that has a "1" in it for long term aging. I've had luck with the ones marked "3" for 30 days aging, however most Sparklets bottles are "7," which people say permeate oxygen. I would stay away from "7"s personally. Specifically if it's for longer than a few weeks.

Walmart sells 5gal "3"s for $7.

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:02 PM   #9
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I used to work for a very large bottled water company. Those 5 gal carboys will work fine. You would have to leave your beer in one for many, many, MANY months before you would see any oxidization.

Bottled water will pick up off flavors very quickly, that's why it has a shelf life. The shelf life for most 5 gal water bottles is at least 6 months, and could be up to a year.

I like better bottles because they hold more (6gal), but would not hesitate to use a good, clean 5 gal plastic water carboy again.

Now, go brew some beer.......

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Old 11-22-2012, 04:37 AM   #10
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The longest I've kept anything in secondary is two weeks. I'm looking to start lagering and I will definitely get a BB or PET bottle for that. But while a batch is lagering, I'd like to keep an ale or something else still cycling through. I may try a water bottle for the ales, just to give it a shot. Sure beat the hell out of racking to the bottling bucket, cleaning and sanitizing the fermenting bucket and then re-racking the beer back to the fermenter.

Got two 5 gallon batches going through secondary right now, a Belgium Wit and A TX Pale Ale.

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