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Old 01-02-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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At the supermarket today as I walked past the bakery I noticed a stack of empty plastic pails. I asked the young lady emptying trash cans in the back if I could have one. She went into a back room and came out with a stack of three 2-gallon pails and a 2.5 gallon pail, with lids.

Of course, now I'm trying to think of what to make in them, but the house smells like cake frosting and it's interfering with the process. I guess I better scrub these things out first.

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Old 01-02-2010, 10:16 PM   #2
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Small batch mead? Apfelwein? Both those would work in those sizes easily.

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Old 01-02-2010, 10:19 PM   #3
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Oh, a scoop of oxyclean in hot water will fix them right up! The only ones I wouldn't use are pickle buckets. Otherwise, bakery buckets are the best. Usually, cake frosting and peanut butter come in those buckets. Sometimes strawberry preserves, so the bucket actually smells really good!

I make wine all the time in buckets as a primary. If you want to do three gallon batches or less, those buckets are perfect. I have a selection of 3 gallon carboys and 1 gallon jugs, so I make small batches of wine or mead all of the time. I use the buckets (with the lid on loosely or just a towel covering it) for primary, then use the jugs/carboys for secondary.

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These all had frosting in them, so they smell sugary. That'll come off easily enough, as will the greasy feel.

I'm just doing one gallon batches for a while until I get a couple successes under my belt, then I'll get the hardware to make larger batches of stuff I know can turn out well. I just started a batch of what I hope will be cherry almond mead in a glass jug today. I want to add the fruit in the secondary and needed a big enough bucket, so when I saw them in the store I thought it was worth asking. I just didn't expect to get quite so many.

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Those 2-2.5 gallon frosting pails are perfect for one-gallon batches of mead and wine.

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These all had frosting in them, so they smell sugary. That'll come off easily enough, as will the greasy feel.

I'm just doing one gallon batches for a while until I get a couple successes under my belt, then I'll get the hardware to make larger batches of stuff I know can turn out well. I just started a batch of what I hope will be cherry almond mead in a glass jug today. I want to add the fruit in the secondary and needed a big enough bucket, so when I saw them in the store I thought it was worth asking. I just didn't expect to get quite so many.

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I'd do just the opposite of what you're doing, though. I'd do the primary in the bucket, and then secondary in the glass. You really want to reduce headspace in secondary. Of course, if you're adding fruit that will restart fermentation, but I'd get it out of the bucket ASAP after fermentation winds down.
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I use frosting buckets to hold 2 gallon batches of sanitizing solution ... both Star San and K-Met ... the frosting buckets come with gasketed-lids, which really aren't air-tight but are good enough to keep sanitizing solution close at hand for a month or so.

Makes it easy to quickly dip a hydrometer or racking tube ... because the solutions are mixed and sitting close to the carboy in my frosting buckets.

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You have stumbled on to the great secret of mine about frosting buckets! I have to pay .99cents for mine but they come cleaned and with a good lid! I store all kinds of stuff in them- flour, sugar, rice all kinds of food stuffs that you can buy in bulk.
I want to use them for making fruit wines this summer as I grow my own strawberries, apples, raspberries, peaches, and mulberries. Those naughty mulberry trees grow like weeds and will fruit in just a couple of years, so in the field behind my house there are many that never get picked! I think I have a solution to those excess mulberries now!! Mulberry mead!
I just wish that they had frosting buckets in the 5 to 6 gallon size!
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I think I have a solution to those excess mulberries now!! Mulberry mead!
Hmmm, there's an idea. There's a mulberry tree that hangs over the fence around the parking lot at work. Nobody parks under it when the berries are ripe because they drop on the cars and stain the paint. I could spread a sheet on the ground and collect quite a bit.

Unfortunately the birds know about the tree too, and I'd probably collect more than just mulberries. But I do have a ton of raspberry bushes out back...

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Also use a frosting bucket as a Corkador ... put a cup of sanitizing strength k-meta in the and lay some corks around the cup ... snap on the lid ... and the fumes from the k-meta will kill all the beasties on the corks.

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