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Old 02-20-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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are we the only guys who use larger than 5gal buckets for anything ? i was trying to avoid a lengthy trip to the LHBS for a freaking bucket (that they want almost $20 for), but i cant find anyone who sells them. yes i know i can get them on-line but i wanted to just pick one up today. any advice on where to check ?

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are we the only guys who use larger than 5gal buckets for anything ? i was trying to avoid a lengthy trip to the LHBS for a freaking bucket (that they want almost $20 for), but i cant find anyone who sells them. yes i know i can get them on-line but i wanted to just pick one up today. any advice on where to check ?
You might try bakeries in your neighborhood. I have been looking myself with not much in the luck dept.

Because of the lack of finding one, I have decided to split my wort between two smaller buckets. You could do the same with two 5 gallon ones or even two 3 gallon buckets. That would leave you plenty of room and you could experiment with one batch with adjuncts.

Just a thought.
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I just called my local bakery and they have 5 gallon buckets, food grade, with lids, for $1.50 each. They did not have anything larger. But that is still a great price for a 5G bucket!

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I just called my local bakery and they have 5 gallon buckets, food grade, with lids, for $1.50 each. They did not have anything larger. But that is still a great price for a 5G bucket!
Not bad! Great for secondary and storage.

Do forget to check your local grocery store with instore bakery. They basically throw theirs out daily. I will be checking mine this Sat morning.
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still striking out. i have an extra 5.5gal carboy i am soooo tempted to use as a primary with a blow-off tube but my next batch is a stout !

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Dang. If you were going to brew that much at a time, I'd bite the bullet and find something. Luckily I have a couple of buckets and at least one of them is an Ale Pail and I think I can fit 6 gallons in there, although my recipes have always been 5 gallons (extract so far).

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Try your local donut shop , Chinese take out ,or just about any other food establishment.
Most get supplies in 5 gallon buckets.
I got mine from Drunkin Donuts. Less the 5 buck dollars for a pair with lids.

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Got a Petsmart or other big box pet store near you?

Petsmart sells pet food containers that some people have used as fermenters. Just put a hole and grommet for and airlock on it.

Gamma Plastics Vittles Vaults available through Petsmart. They are food grade, stackable, come in various sizes, and have an airtight locking lid...



You can also order them on line in various sizes even from amazon, and many online pet supply dealers.

In fact ONE online LHBS has taken thier 22 gallon sized, slapped a spigot and and airlock on it and have the nerve to sell it for nearly 100 bucks...Considering you can get one for about 50.00 (if not cheaper) then spend a total of 4 more bucks for both a spigot and an airlock....They probably stole the idea from discussions on here...




Others also use it for grain storage...

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Too bad your not closer to me. I own a commercial bakery and have about 30 5 gallon food grade buckets and 20 6.5 gallon food grade buckets. I'd just give them to you.

In fact, we are having a brewday tomorrow and I plan on sending some home with a few HBT'ers!

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In fact ONE online LHBS has taken thier 22 gallon sized, slapped a spigot and and airlock on it and have the nerve to sell it for nearly 100 bucks...
Those 22 gallon vittle vault things cost like $50. 50% of markup is not particularly egregious in retail and I doubt any homebrew store is able to buy those things wholesale.

In fact, if I start listing retailers that sell hops for more than twice what they can be bought in bulk then I will be going for a long time. I can start with all of the retailers that are well loved here at HBT.

Do we really want to talk about the "nerve" of this?
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