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Old 03-03-2009, 07:04 AM   #1
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I have some plastic water jugs (5 Gal) lying around and were wondering if the same risks of using a lower quality (7 in the recycle triangle) plastic jug existed for fermenting cider. If anyone has used these with any success,let's hear it. If they're alright to use, I can get my cider going even faster.

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Old 03-03-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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I have some plastic water jugs (5 Gal) lying around and were wondering if the same risks of using a lower quality (7 in the recycle triangle) plastic jug existed for fermenting cider. If anyone has used these with any success,let's hear it. If they're alright to use, I can get my cider going even faster.

I have - almost all of my primaries are.

I'm still alive and my brews taste great.

just don't bulk age in them for more than 2 months or so and you should be OK.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
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# 7 plastic is the stuff that's banned in Canada because of BPA concerns. Many of the bottles in the US are #7, though.

I guess I'd say to decide for yourself. My thought is that if BPA can leach into water, it would probably be worse with a beverage with alcohol in it. I wouldn't touch one even to drink water out of- but I'm a hippy alarmist who is very careful with my food and drink. Some place in the middle is probably a safe place.

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Old 03-12-2009, 07:15 PM   #4
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definitely not good to use - nalgenes are illegal in places for a reason. cancer! and alcohol will leach more carcinogens from plastic than will water so i'd say that's a resounding no no

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what about #3 and it says use for water only?

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I stick with #1 or nothing at all as far as plastic goes.

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