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Old 04-14-2009, 04:03 AM   #1
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Default Crawlspace Aging with Plastic Buckets

I need to free up some glass carboys for new brews. Mead takes up a lot of glass real estate to age so I'm trying to find a cheap way to store mead for bulk aging. I also need something durable and easy to move, so I can store them in my crawl space, and rack them off each month.

Looking at previous posts about buckets as secondary fermentation vessels in the beer brewing section of this site, I've found that they scratch easily, have a lot of head space , and they allow oxygen permutation.

Question is this :

What kind of plastic is best? what kind of bucket? how do I convert it to secondary so its safe in a crawlspace? Airtight? AirLock? Where do I get them? Spigot or siphon? Should it even be a bucket?

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Old 04-14-2009, 04:41 AM   #2
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I'm far from a mead expert, but I've bulk aged a couple of meads and one batch of wine in PET water bottles. I think PET or PETE are the only safe plastics for bulk aging.

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I like your crawlspace Idea...

I'm thinking I'll try to track down some 1/2 kegs...

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Put it in a glass or PET carboy. Do not use a bucket for aging. Fill the carboy up into the neck to keep oxidizing at a minimum. Top off with water or honey water (or even marbles) if you have to. Rack off the lees every 2-3 months. As long as you have an airlock, the crawl space is OK...

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how bout like the buckets with food safe plastic bags... there was a beer brewer who did it i cant remember who.

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Cornies are great for aging just about anything and you can lay them on their sides in low spaces.

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I can lay out some CO2 in the buckets/carboys with no problem. I just don't understand the PET or PETE plastic. Is it for oxygen barrier?

Why can't I use this :
http://www.mountainhomebrew.com/browseproducts/8-Gallon-Plastic-Fermenter.HTML

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Those are OK for primary but are frowned upon for long term storage. Possibility of plastic leaching or O2 permeability. Also, they are easy to scratch and could harbor uglies!

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Do they make PET buckets? or a cheaper alternative to Better Bottles?

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If you can find recycling code #1 on a water cooler bottle that is essentially a better bottle, but most are not recycling code 1

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