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Old 10-24-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, long time forum Lurker. Finally decided to give brewing a shot. I got a nice package deal that includes all the essentials plus a bottling bucket and a glass carboy. I went to a local brew store and picked up a brewers best red ale kit. I am pretty much ready to go but I have a few questions.

Is it ok to do my primary fermentation in the 6 gal bottling bucket? I don't see why it would be a problem but thought I would ask. Also while sanitizing the bottling bucket I noticed I have a leak at the drain cock. I tried to tighten it as much as I could but no matter what it has a slow drip where the rubber o ring meets the bucket. Any tips on how to safely seal this connection? Any other advise is also appreciated!

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Old 10-24-2010, 10:07 PM   #2
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I've used silicone on the outside of my buckets to seal a leak before. works pretty good. could also try a 2 part plastic epoxy. And yes you can primary in your plastic bucket. I primary and short secondary in my plastic buckets. Only use my glass carboy for long secondaries. Like 2 weeks or more

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Old 10-24-2010, 10:10 PM   #3
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Make sure the O ring is on the outside... if its not already. I would get another bucket for primary just in case it leaks and you can probably keep it a little cleaner. But otherwise it should work.

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Old 10-24-2010, 10:28 PM   #4
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It has an o ring on the inside and outside. I may remove the drain and come up with a temporary plug for fermentation, then transfer to the carboy for secondary, then install the drain spigot for bottling.

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Old 10-25-2010, 12:12 AM   #5
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IMHO, a bottling bucket is good as a bottling bucket and not much else- it's a bottle with a hole in it . My first and only bottling bucket with a spigot leaked right off the bat. I never even used it to bottle.

Anywho, a "regular" non-spigot'ed bucket is pretty cheap, especially if you are considering spending more $$ on silicone or epoxy to try and fix the leaky bottling bucket. Plus, you can always use the leaky bottling bucket to only bottle with, and in doing so you'll lose far less beer since you'll only use it for 20 minutes or so anyway during the bottling process.

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Old 10-25-2010, 02:56 AM   #6
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FYI all of my plastic fermenting buckets have spigots on them. I find it makes life far easier to transfer to a secondary bucket and then into a keg. Again, part of the reason why I rarely use my glass carboy. I just don't like having to deal with siphoning. its a hassle

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Highlanders Glory (Strong Scottish Ale)
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Peachy Keen (Peach Ale)
Venemous Vanilla Porter
Zen Kolsch (Green Tea Honey Kolsch)
Slam Dunkel (Dunkelweizen)
Milky Stout (Sweet/Milk Stout)

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Old 10-25-2010, 02:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the responses. I think as long as I can get a good seal at the spigot it will work fine as my primary fermenter for my first batch. I will more than likely buy another bucket for the next batch.

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You'll be amazed how fast your bucket collection grows. I have 8 buckets with spigots installed for primary/secondary fermenters and one glass carboy.

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Highlanders Glory (Strong Scottish Ale)
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Peachy Keen (Peach Ale)
Venemous Vanilla Porter
Zen Kolsch (Green Tea Honey Kolsch)
Slam Dunkel (Dunkelweizen)
Milky Stout (Sweet/Milk Stout)

Bottled:
Barley Bliss (18.5% ABV Barley Wine)
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You'll be amazed how fast your bucket collection grows. I have 8 buckets with spigots installed for primary/secondary fermenters and one glass carboy.
lol, yeah I can already see this hobby spinning wildly out of control My fiance thinks I am crazy but hopefully I can change her way of thinking with a good first batch
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IMHO, a bottling bucket is good as a bottling bucket and not much else- it's a bottle with a hole in it .
All my bottles have a hole in them, that's where I drink the beer from.

Do you have an auto-siphon? I find it makes the job a lot easier.
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