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Old 08-03-2014, 01:44 AM   #1
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Is there any reason not to use a bucket with a spigot for fermenting then draw off to a keg rather than siphon? If OK, how far up from the bottom would you install the spigot?
I seem to draw up alot of yeast when siphoning.

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:49 AM   #2
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My PET fermenter has a tap about 2 inches of the bottom and the tap has am attachment that makes it draw from above. I bottle directly from my fermenter bit use hop sack for dry hop to reduce trub. I reckon if you're installing your own tap you should install it so it draws from above. I have no issues with junk ending up in my beer.

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Old 08-03-2014, 02:03 AM   #3
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Draw from above, like a short pipe and elbow?

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Old 08-03-2014, 02:04 AM   #4
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Don't stick the siphon all the way down to the bottom. Start somewhere in the middle and when you see the beer surface get near the end of the siphon keep lowering it slowly to keep it under the beer. Then when there's an inch or 3 left to go, carefully and slowly tilt the bucket / fermentor to increase the depth of the pool. As soon as you see most beer is gone and you'd risk picking up yeast, pull the siphon up. Another pair of hands really helps.

The leftover yeast can be reused as long as you keep proper sanitation.

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I've been told the "bottling bucket" with a spigot is less sanitary than one without a spigot, more places for bacteria to hide, I suppose.
I use a bucket with a spigot for my primary, attach a hose and rack off to secondary carboy, its just easier for me. I do have to siphon from the secondary to another container with a spigot, but there's less yeast to worry about then. My method is a little outdated, but it works for me.
The downside, once I had the spigot shear off at the bucket for an unknown reason. A whole bucket of Fullers London Pride Porter clone
leaked all over my beer storage area and soaked into the wood floor before I discovered it. What a mess!

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Old 08-03-2014, 02:08 AM   #6
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I have used Bottling Buckets for years as fermenters.......

I love using them as it eliminates siphoning. The one caution I would mention is you have to make sure you are really good about sanitizing the spigot - take it apart, clean, sanitize. I put it all back together under starsan water in a tub. I also put a baggie over it with rubberband during fermentation to keep dust, fruit flies, etc. out of it. I respray it with starsan before draining into keg. With a little care and attention to detail, they make great fermenters.

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I have spigots on most of my fermenters, its easier than a siphon and cuts down on oxygen getting into your beer during transfer. I would drill your hole a couple of inches from the bottom. I did once have a spigot that leaked a little during fermentation so make sure that it is clean and tight.

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Just buy a brewcraft 8 gallon bucket, they come with a threaded spot for a spigot already, so you can just drill out the back and screw in the spigot. Less chances of it failing. And 8 gallon buckets never need blow offs

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Just buy a crewcraft 8 gallon bucket, they come with a threaded spot for a spigot already, so you can just drill out the back and screw in the spigot. Less chances of it failing. And 8 gallon buckets never need blow offs
Nice! Every time I buy something I find out there is something better! I wonder if my Gamma lids will fit these?
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Oops fixed, brewcraft not crewcraft

They are great buckets

Trust me you don't need gamma lids on these things. Imagine the hardest lid you have ever had to deal with and multiply it by two to get how tough the brewcraft lids are. Once you use them a bit its easier but the first few times take some serious mashing

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