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Old 07-23-2011, 02:01 AM   #1
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Can you use a bottling bucket (primary with spigot) as a primary to ferment in? Or should I keep the one with the spigot just for bottling?

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Old 07-23-2011, 02:07 AM   #2
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I use a spigot bucket for my primary, means I don't have to siphon into the bottling bucket.

Some will claim it leaves space for contamination, but I have had no issue.

However, you will want a bucket with spigot for bottling as well, as you don't want to bottle from the primary (don't want all that trub in your bottles).

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Old 07-23-2011, 02:49 AM   #3
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I've used 6 gallon buckets with spigots for primaries since I started brewing in 1993 and never had an infected batch. Every 4 or 5 years I change the spigot and I never use any abrasives. I still use a couple of buckets(with spigots) that are 15 years old.

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How are you adding your primng sugar straight to bottles? Problem is mixing in preboiled priming sugar, you dont really want to disturb the yeast sediment,thats why most rack to a botteling bucket, i did my first few your way but didnt trust using dry sugar to the botttles.

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Sounds a little too close to a Mr. Beer operation for my liking. Having said that, I don't think the homebrew police will be breaking down your door. As long as you love your beer, you did it right...

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How are you adding your primng sugar straight to bottles? Problem is mixing in preboiled priming sugar, you dont really want to disturb the yeast sediment,thats why most rack to a botteling bucket, i did my first few your way but didnt trust using dry sugar to the botttles.
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Pricey, but there ya go.Simple method,i agree, why take another risk of racking or sanitizing. I agree with that and it is so simple.Hope it works out well, i would have stuck to that if i had invested in a supply of carb tabs.I think i preferr dme to prime with though.

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How are you adding your primng sugar straight to bottles? Problem is mixing in preboiled priming sugar, you dont really want to disturb the yeast sediment,thats why most rack to a botteling bucket, i did my first few your way but didnt trust using dry sugar to the botttles.
I used the spigot to rack onto the priming sugar in a bottling bucket or carboy for dry hopping, now into the keg or carboy. Spigot level usually draws a bit of yeast initially, so I draw a sample or two for a gravity reading and to taste, and wait until I see clear beer to transfer.
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Sounds a little too close to a Mr. Beer operation for my liking. Having said that, I don't think the homebrew police will be breaking down your door. As long as you love your beer, you did it right...
There's nothing wrong with a Mr Beer setup. The little fermenters they use are just as effective at fermenting beer as a food grade bucket or carboy. It's just a far more basic level of brewing, with practically just a "just add water" approach. But I've used my old MB fermenters for smaller batches of beer of my own creation even after I gave up Mr Beer style brewing for being too easy.

The only drawback to using a bottling bucket for a fermenter is the difficulty of controlling the trub uptake into a second bottling bucket/bottle with a spigot instead of using a siphon.
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