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Old 04-06-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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what makes a plastic pail a food grade pail? I have a 6 gallon white plastic pail that has markings on the bottom of ROPAK 4 and HDPE #2 inside of a recycle set of 3 arrows in a triangle. I want to use it for a brew pail as they want $20.00 for what looks like the same pail at the brew shop!

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Old 04-06-2011, 11:39 PM   #2
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HDPE type 2 is typically food grade, but it doesn't have to be.

To know for sure you have to contact the manufacturer.


EDIT: to make things easier for you, here's the manufacturer information:

Contact LINPAC Ropak

10540 Talbert Avenue
Suite 200 W
Fountain Valley
CA 92708
USA

+1 (714) 845 2845
info@ropakcorp.com

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Old 04-06-2011, 11:54 PM   #3
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If it's white, I'd say you're OK. Much better than the orange Homer buckets.

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If it's white, I'd say you're OK. Much better than the orange Homer buckets.
White is ok but the best is translucent. I would not use any colored buckets but do not use any black buckets no matter what they are stamped.

There is a post that Home Depot buckets (the translucent ones NOT the orange ones!!!) are food grade but not advertised as such since they do not sell food at the Home Depot.
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Try going to a health food store that sells food in bulk. The one near me often has stacks of food buckets that are free. Also you can use used 5 gal water bottles, like from a water cooler. This is all I use. They were free.

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Old 04-07-2011, 01:48 AM   #6
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I am not always a fan of w-mart but they have 5 gallon white plastic food safe buckets with lids for $3.50. These are in the paint department and can be used for 4 gallon size batches. Just FYI.

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Old 04-07-2011, 04:11 AM   #7
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thank you for all the info...cheers

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New, white #2 HDPE buckets should all be good, I think. I wanted some fermenters with a bit more capacity than the standard "Ale Pail," which is 6.5 gal. I got three of the 7 gal. white buckets from US Plastics , which can be ordered with lids in a variety of colors, making them easy to tell apart. The lids for these buckets also have a real, functioning neoprene "O"-ring, which means you get a positive seal on the fermenter every time. I got three of these with lids, delivered, for around $32. I have been very pleased with them; the extra .5 gal of headspace doesn't sound like much, but I no longer have any foamouts.

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