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Old 04-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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If I only have one fermenting bucket and I want to do a secondary ferment. Could I use my bottling bucket which has a plastic drain valve? I did order another fermenter, but won't get it for a other week.

Also, does everyone use a carboy for secondary fermentation or could I use another plastic fermenting bucket for transferring my primary? Will this hurt my beer?

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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Why not? As long as you can fit it with an airlock,.

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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I have done that before, all you have to watch out for is the valve leaking.

Some people that is all they use.

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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There isn't much reason to do a secondary unless you plan on adding something to your beer after primary.

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:28 PM   #5
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Yup my last batch of wheat was in a bottling bucket. Came out just fine.



(Not done yet, was only bottled for 3 days when I took the picture)

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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The only problem with transferring to your bottling bucket for secondary is the size. And in the size, I mean you obviously run the risk of oxidization. With all the head room that will remain and the amount of air that is left in there, you raise the risk a little bit. Just my thoughts.

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:55 PM   #7
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Don't listen to that anti-secondary propaganda. Rack to the secondary and it will be fine.

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Old 04-14-2012, 08:41 PM   #8
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bottling bucket will make a fine secondary if its all you have.

If your using plastic the only difference between a fermentor and a bottling bucket is they drill a hole in it.

Williams Brewing drills holes in there fermentors so they can stock 1 item and sell them under 2 names.
a "Bottling bucket" and a "siphonless fermentor"

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:46 PM   #9
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bottling bucket will make a fine secondary if its all you have.

If your using plastic the only difference between a fermentor and a bottling bucket is they drill a hole in it.

Williams Brewing drills holes in there fermentors so they can stock 1 item and sell them under 2 names.
a "Bottling bucket" and a "siphonless fermentor"
Actually, there is a difference between the Williams bottling bucket and the siphonless fermentation bucket. I use both as fermentation buckets and went and purchased a home depot bucket I use for a bottling bucket, but Williams drills the hole on the bottling bucket much lower than on the fermentation bucket. When I use the Williams bottling bucket as a fermentation bucket, I make sure I turn the invert tube backnut sideways instead of straight down so that it does not get buried under a tightly packed yeast cake. Other than that, they're both six and a half gallon buckets.
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A fermenter is a fermenter. As long is sanitary. But when done fermenting and cleaning that bottling bucket, I'd pay attention to spigot. But also, if making good beer, pretty sure you have good sanitation practices as well.

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