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Old 10-07-2012, 12:16 AM   #1
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Can I use a Poland Spring bottle as a second fermentation vessel?

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Old 10-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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Yes. It originally held water, so it is food-grade. I am sure there are people here who will disagree, but the beer does not care what the bottle looks like or where it comes from. Since it is food-grade plastic, it is safe, and there is no reason not to use it as a secondary fermenter. If you are planning an exceptionally long secondary (more than a month or so) then glass may be a better choice due to reduced oxygen permeability. Other than that, though, it should work fine.

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Old 10-07-2012, 12:21 AM   #3
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Yes. It originally held water, so it is food-grade. I am sure there are people here who will disagree, but the beer does not care what the bottle looks like or where it comes from. Since it is food-grade plastic, it is safe, and there is no reason not to use it as a secondary fermenter. If you are planning an exceptionally long secondary (more than a month or so) then glass may be a better choice due to reduced oxygen permeability. Other than that, though, it should work fine.
Thanks. Do you know what size stopper with airlock hole I would need for it?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:39 AM   #4
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No, I am afraid I do not know what size that would be. It is probably the same size as a standard "carboy" or "better bottle", but I cannot remember what number that would be. Your LHBS should know the answer to that question, though.

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Old 10-07-2012, 02:00 AM   #5
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Carboy and Better Bottle are 2 different sizes, at least mine are.

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #6
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I think it is the same as a better bottle.

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:18 PM   #7
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Yes. It originally held water, so it is food-grade. I am sure there are people here who will disagree, but the beer does not care what the bottle looks like or where it comes from. Since it is food-grade plastic, it is safe, and there is no reason not to use it as a secondary fermenter. If you are planning an exceptionally long secondary (more than a month or so) then glass may be a better choice due to reduced oxygen permeability. Other than that, though, it should work fine.
How do you know they aren't certified as a vessel for water only? Beer has a fairly lower pH than water. Also you have to think about flavor crossover batch to batch.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
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You could always do what I do. I use the returnable plastic water jugs as a secondary. After I use it as a secondary, I'll return it to the store and they give you a coupon for the next five gallon jug. Then you get your water and a brand new carboy to use as a secondary. When it's done, you start from the beginning!

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