Originally Posted by garnede
be careful with those, or your wine will come out smelling like pickles. The pickle buckets are only 5 gallons and you can get better ones for free. A better option is icing buckets from grocery store bakeries, but those are 4 & 5 gallons not 6.
The three Jimmy Johns 6-gallon pickle buckets I have are just that ... 6 gallons.
If a restaurant has a 5-gallon, then it's a 5-gallon. If they have a 6-gallon, then it's a 6-gallon.
As far as using 4 or 5 gallon icing buckets ... uh, right ... she had asked for suggestions to help with the issue that her 5 gallon primary bucket is coming up short when going into the 5 gallon secondary
Not that I meant this to be a difficult math post, but, the 4 and 5 gallon buckets are short for racking to a 5 gallon carboy if you leave sediment or lees behind.
The *point* to suggesting a 6 gallon bucket was to remedy exactly that.
As far as them having had pickles in them ... mine did ... they washed up fine with oxy-wash.
And no, your wine will not necessarily "come out smelling like pickles".
Any food grade bucket is ok. Icing buckets would be nice too. The point is getting the size that she needs to rack cleanly to a 5 gallon carboy.