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Old 01-30-2013, 05:04 PM   #11
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The problemis,it's 5 gallons. A 5 gallon batch would have little head space.
I use two 5 gallon carboys for most of my beer. Scale recipe to 7 gallons and put 3-1/2 gallons in each. Plenty of head space, more beer!
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:10 PM   #12
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I just bought a few 7 gallon buckets from us plastics. I didn't check the bottom of them if they are hpde 2, but will before I use them. They also have these neat straining baskets that fit into the top of the buckets for straining out excess trub and hops. I think they were $4 or so and they fit in all regular sized buckets.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:17 PM   #13
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food-grade, food-safe - don't sweat it unless they obviously smell like motor oil or something. I got some icing buckets from a bakery that smelled of sickly-sweet butter cream icing before the first brew. The brew did not pick up the flavor.

Survivalist supplies are a source of larger buckets, if you have one near you or search for it.
From a survivalist blog http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/fo...ckets-walmart/
"I called the company and asked if the buckets were food grade.

The receptionist at the company stated “Yes. If the buckets are white, transparent, or natural (beige), the buckets are 100% FDA- approved food grade. If they are other colors, they are rated food-safe, not food grade.” (No idea what that means and I did not think to ask.)"
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:00 PM   #14
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Two things. First my Malware software says there's a problem with that site.

Second, I don't think I'd be taking advice on health related topics from a receptionist at a survivalist blog.

Not saying there's something wrong with using buckets . . .
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:05 PM   #15
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Food safe,but not food grade makes no sense to me. Seems more like it has to be food grade to be food safe...
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:08 PM   #16
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The most recent discussion (2012 - ghetto brew kit) was by cherrington3, who actually used one of the buckets to boil his wort and then was never heard from again.
I'm surprised he survived long enough to try boiling in a plastic bucket.
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quick info on food safe vs food grade

http://rainsaucers.com/blog/2012/11/...and-food-grade

Food safe means it can come in contact with the food you eat and you will be safe. Food safe is OK for a wide variety of kitchen uses but not necessarily for long term storage. That is where food grade comes in. The FDA reserves food grade for food packaging and is designed to ensure the long term safety of the food in the container.

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If you are balking at a $15 bucket then this hobby is not for you.

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If you are balking at a $15 bucket then this hobby is not for you.
That isn't the first time I've read "If ____________ then this isn't the hobby for you." It seems kind of surprising considering that this used to be done in clay pots without written language. I would expect that kind of response if this were a sailboating forum or forum for people who owned airplanes, but it's a forum about making alcoholic beverages which actually happens spontaneously in nature. So what hobby would you suggest for a tightwad like me? Collecting rocks? Do I need kilobucks worth of "specialized," "deluxe," "state of the art," "scientifically engineered" hobbyist products for that?
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http://www.lowes.com/pd_356492-1152-...ket&facetInfo=

if they came out with a 7 gallon bucket all the homebrew shops would go out of business!
Thank you! I'll pick up a few of those if I can't find larger used ones for sale.
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