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Old 02-19-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default #3 Plastic?

I tried searching for this with little results, but maybe you guys can help me.

I just bought some 5 gallon reusable plastic jugs. I didn't have the money for glass, so I went down to the local wal mart and picked some up (you know, like you'd get from sparkletts or ozarka) Thing is, when I looked at them after I got home, they were #3.


what's the difference between #3 and #2, and will I be able to use them as fermenters?

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I tried searching for this with little results, but maybe you guys can help me.

I just bought some 5 gallon reusable plastic jugs. I didn't have the money for glass, so I went down to the local wal mart and picked some up (you know, like you'd get from sparkletts or ozarka) Thing is, when I looked at them after I got home, they were #3.


what's the difference between #3 and #2, and will I be able to use them as fermenters?

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Old 02-19-2010, 07:04 PM   #3
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so it's a no go?

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PVC contains chlorine, so its manufacture can release highly dangerous dioxins. If you must cook with PVC, don't let the plastic touch food. Also never burn PVC, because it releases toxins
but that doesn't necessarily mean that I can't use it to ferment, does it?
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NEVERMIND!

I just checked the bottom of my Mr. Beer fermentation barrel and guess what, it's PVC as well. Crisis averted, but thanks for the info.

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I don't but some do.

It's your beer, your call. pH can have profound effects on materials.

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NEVERMIND!

I just checked the bottom of my Mr. Beer fermentation barrel and guess what, it's PVC as well. Crisis averted, but thanks for the info.
Oh, well, if Mr Beer does it.
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I don't but some do.

It's your beer, your call. pH can have profound effects on materials.

well until the summer when I'm out of classes and have time to get a job, plastics will suffice.



if only I could make some money doing this......
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Oh, well, if Mr Beer does it.
well I know they're not the Taj Mahal of carboys but they work well enough.
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well until the summer when I'm out of classes and have time to get a job, plastics will suffice.



if only I could make some money doing this......
No issues with plastics. I use buckets. And after 3 years the nub at the base of my spine has stopped wagging uncontrollably.





Now, it only wags when I get excited.



Or I see a bus.


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