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Old 05-11-2010, 06:49 AM   #11
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Those all sound good. My current favorite beer is Deschutes Black Butte Porter. Where did you find a recipe for the double choc stout? It sounds like something I might like.

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because the 6 gallon buckets are taller I am not sure if a lid from from a 6 gallon would fit a 5 gallon bucket. Home depot has 5 gallon buckets and sellls lids for them in the paint department. They do have a rubber gasket on the inside. I got two of those yesterday for $0.98 a piece. My 6 gallon fermentors do not have the rubber gasket however they are one tight fit and I have never had a problem.

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because the 6 gallon buckets are taller I am not sure if a lid from from a 6 gallon would fit a 5 gallon bucket.
How does height affect the diameter?
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How does height affect the diameter?
Well, usually buckets are tapered. So they are wider at the top than the bottom. I'm not sure if all buckets are created equal and how they are all built but I would think a 6 gallon bucket would either have a wider top or a skinner bottom.
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Touché. Although I have found most buckets to have similar diameter openings thus allowing the same lids to be used on multiple buckets, I suppose that might only be valid for the same manufacturer. But the taper would still be there, even if the top and bottom were the same size as the 5 gallon bucket. Since that has a taper increasing the height would not make them all of a sudden of equal diameter.

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I did not get the homer lid yet.

However I did go out and measure all of my pails ranging from 5.0-6.5 gal. Every one of them had a 10.25" diameter bottom and a 12.25" diameter top. Including the homer bucket. My "Ale Pail" lid fits the homer bucket. What varies is the height of the bucket.

So, OP, if these measurements are the same as your new bucket supply you can get a lid at HD for a buck.

Drill a lid in the hole, install a grommet and an airlock and you have a fermenter for under 10$

A little research on google indicates these measurments are common for food grade buckets in that size range.

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Menard's has them by cleaning poducts for less than $5.00 for a 5 gallon bucket with the lid.

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I did not get the homer lid yet.

However I did go out and measure all of my pails ranging from 5.0-6.5 gal. Every one of them had a 10.25" diameter bottom and a 12.25" diameter top. Including the homer bucket. My "Ale Pail" lid fits the homer bucket. What varies is the height of the bucket.

So, OP, if these measurements are the same as your new bucket supply you can get a lid at HD for a buck.

Drill a lid in the hole, install a grommet and an airlock and you have a fermenter for under 10$

A little research on google indicates these measurments are common for food grade buckets in that size range.
I wonder where you find the right size gromet?
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I wonder where you find the right size gromet?
I found mine at the local Ace hardware store. They are usually in with the specialty screws and electrical items. Ours has an aisle with all these types of things in little boxes on slide out trays with various sizes. I believe I used the 5/16".

I also found these online

http://www.rubbergrommets.com/

You could also drill a larger hole and use a carboy cork with a hole already drilled for the airlock. Whatever you have on hand.
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I found mine at the local Ace hardware store. They are usually in with the specialty screws and electrical items. Ours has an aisle with all these types of things in little boxes on slide out trays with various sizes. I believe I used the 5/16".

I also found these online

http://www.rubbergrommets.com/

You could also drill a larger hole and use a carboy cork with a hole already drilled for the airlock. Whatever you have on hand.
I know the aisle your talking about. I have also bought them at a autoparts store. The gromets are for running a wire through your firewall on your car.
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