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Old 07-28-2006, 09:06 PM   #11
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"I" wouldn't. Was wondering if this bucket was non-food grade.

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Didn't think so, you had me worried!

My bucket got a yellowish stain (there's something very dirty about that) after the first batch. Little bleach and it's fine. I actually tend to use bleach for cleaning out the bucket, this seems to me to be the perfect place for using bleach in homebrewing. Put a decent amount in there, let it soak for a while, then rinse it like crazy, you'll be all set.

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All of my stouts have left my bucket a nice yellow color. I soak the bucket with some one step and move on to the next brew. No problems... dont be concerned about it. Its all part of making a nice dark stout

When you drink the beer, and it stains your glass and your teeth, then you will understand why the bucket is yellow! HAHAH!

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Why would you use a non-food grade bucket? All of my Home Depot buckets, for example, are not as smooth inside, lots of places for nasties to hide out, and I imagine that if anything they are even more oxygen-permeable.
You hit the nail on the head. All of my fermenter buckets and the Home Depot buckets I got to use for other things are made from the same material, HDPE (high density polyethylene). They both will have the same oxygen permeability, but the difference with the food grade is the manufacturing process. The food grade HDPE buckets will be extruded from an extruder designed to keep the interior surface as smooth as possible.

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Get some glass carboys, then the whole issue of staining and scratches goes away.

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Old 07-29-2006, 12:21 AM   #16
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It was a joke. Keep your bucket. All of ours are stained too.

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Get some glass carboys, then the whole issue of staining and scratches goes away.
Right, then he will only have to worry about severed tendons, nerves and arteries when he breaks one while washing it, like my friend did. In all seriousness, glass carboys are great, you just have to be extra careful. My friend just got too comfortable and his lack of concentration cost him dearly.

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I had a friend do that too. The real shame was it happened while he was helping me move a really cool 12 gallon carboy I had, which just happened to be full of beer at the time. Sad, sad, sad.

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Get some glass carboys, then the whole issue of staining and scratches goes away.
Amen! Preach it pastor!

Switch to glass at some point and you will be happy. You can see the fermentation taking place, you can see the yeast and trub settling out and they last alot longer than buckets (unless you drop them).
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My coffee stout stains glass

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