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Old 10-07-2008, 04:40 AM   #1
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Default Water jugs as carboys?

I have access to 5 gallon watter jugs that are used in watter coolers. Has anyone ever used these as carboys? These are made of blue not clear plastic.

Does the plastic leave a taste behind in the mead?

I know glass is best but hey these babies are free.

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:44 AM   #2
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No No No NO NO No NO No No No No No No No No No No
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/ice-...bottles-56936/
5 Gallon Dear Park water jug
5 gallon water jug carboy?
5 gallon water buckets
Culligan Water Bottle?

Have a lookie at these!

At least you're making mead!

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:47 AM   #3
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Bad idea maby?

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:49 AM   #4
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I use Deep Rock Bottles for Apfelwein!...But I've read all of those threads I've posted.

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What's a watter jug?

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BK, why don't you tell him how you really feel?

Chance9768, it's really not a great idea. Oxygen permeable as well as leaching chemicals.

Don't forget to ask BigKahuna how long you should boil your honey.

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Don't forget to ask BigKahuna how long you should boil your honey.
YOU'RE TAUNTING ME WOMAN!
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Well Chance,
I realise I'm probably on a loser here, but I have 19 of these things I'm using as fermenters presently. All code 7, no less, which some quarters would pass off as the greatest crime possible.
For every argument against them, there's a counter to read on the net.
It's all a matter of what you can afford and what is available. Glass doesn't do either for me.
In 12 months I certainly haven't detected any off-flavours in my brews. There are a couple of things I wouldn't do though; put boiling water near them or use them for high alcohol (above 20%) storage/brewing. I'm getting a still underway and these things won't figure there at all other then as an after primary fermenter. I find them great for secondary and aging, cleaning's a breeze.
I doubt if I'm on my pat malone here, others just aren't putting up their hand.

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others just aren't putting up their hand.
I said I use Deep Rock Bottles! There it is!
The thing is...they are all #1 HDPET

I'm pretty sure you are going to go blind and die using the #7's. Dont' really know why...but I'm sure of it.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:16 AM   #10
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Doubt it BK.
The cirrhosis will beat the blindness.........



There are no #1 bottle/carboy vessels available down here.
Better Bottles are pretty well unheard of. Sad but true.

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