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Old 01-19-2010, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Uses for LME Buckets from AHS

I have been doing all extract batches. About 3/month for the past year. So it seems like an endless supply of these ~1 gallon buckets from Austin Homebrew. I'd like to reuse them for other purposes instead of throwing them out. Wondering what everyone else uses them for.

I've used them for:
- Use for flour, sugar, and rice storage (I know they aren't airtight but I don't have bug problems and go through them fast)
- Have two continuously rotating through my fridge with bread dough from Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. Its exactly the perfect size and always better to have fresh bread in the house.
- Used to hold my batches of homemade laundry detergent.

The rest I end up recycling or freecycling to willing parties. Interested in more uses.

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Old 01-19-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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That is the benefit of having a LHBS. They use the same containers, but brewers get a discount if they bring the last one back.

That said, I also have a small collection from the times I've forgotten one (I keep a couple in the truck now). I always have one or two full of iodophor solution on brew day for when I need to sanitize something. They are great for bottle caps, air locks, tubing, etc.

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Old 01-19-2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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I just keep mine and have them refilled. Some places charge a dollar for the container. So it saves a little cash for me if I reuse them.

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Old 01-19-2010, 06:01 PM   #4
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There perfect for storing LME!!! What else would anyone want to put in there? if they are empty get off your butt and fill them up with some LME and brew some beer!!

J/K they make great storage containers, but my LHBS charges almost $3 for them so when i was doing extract/PM i always tried to remember to take them with me.

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Old 01-19-2010, 06:05 PM   #5
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Holy crap $3 for a plastic bucket! My LHBS doesn't sell LME as far as I know. But its too far away and too expensive. I buy pretty much exclusively from AHS unless I need to get new liquid yeast, then I make the annoying drive.

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Old 01-19-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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I imagine it costs a lot to ship a $2.00 bucket to Alaska. At least that is how much they cost me.

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:04 AM   #7
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I'm sure there are a thousand uses for them, here are a couple more:

-Paint pail
-Dog food travel container
-Compost container
-Vegeteble or flower transplanter/pot
-Kitty litter bucket for garage oil spills
-Salt bucket for driveway rock salt
-Beach pail for kids
-etc
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Shamelessly resurrecting thread hoping for more ideas.

Used mine on my stir plate tonight for a 96 floz starter.

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Maybe you should ask Forrest how many you would have to rack up before it would be worth shipping them back to him and get a discount for yourself. After all, they aren't very heavy.

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I use them for storage. One has airlocks and bungs, one has little bags of priming sugar, one has bottle caps.

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