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Old 03-19-2006, 04:31 PM   #1
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Can I get a food grade plastic bucket at a place like Home Depot? I searched locally for a restaurant supply store and didn't have much luck. How do I know something is food grade plastic?

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Old 03-19-2006, 04:36 PM   #2
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you can get one from northern brewer for 8 bucks, or your lhbs will charge 20, or go to the supermarket and get one for free, just dont get the pickle bucket, i got mine at the bakery department, they have icing buckets that come with free icing to boot!

ive heard of people using the home depot orange buckets but i dont know if they are food grade, they usually say it some where...

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Old 03-19-2006, 07:24 PM   #3
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It's nice to get a big bucket from a HBS... trying to do a 5 gal brew in a 5.1 gal bucket sucks.

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If a LHBS is selling one for $20, thats a rip off. Go somewhere else, including online. Plus you really do need the 6.5 gal. one. I wouldn't recomment Home Depot.

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How do I know something is food grade plastic?
There was a thread on this a while ago...I can't find it now.
Basicly if it is #2 plastic and a neutral color (like white or transluecent... not day-glow pink) you will be okay. Some where on the bucket there will be a triangle with a number in it, that's the type of plastic used.
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:28 PM   #6
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There was a thread on this a while ago...I can't find it now.
Basicly if it is #2 plastic and a neutral color (like white or transluecent... not day-glow pink) you will be okay. Some where on the bucket there will be a triangle with a number in it, that's the type of plastic used.
This is a page about brine, but it has the codes for various plastics on it.

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/plastics.html
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:45 PM   #7
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Nice link, Imperial Walker. I never knew about the exciting Life of Brine.

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Old 03-20-2006, 02:51 PM   #8
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Nice link, Imperial Walker. I never knew about the exciting Life of Brine.
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Sweet. Thanks for the link.

The Home Depot buckets are a #@ HDPE plastic so I guess that makes them food grade. Unfortunately they are only 5 gal buckets. I ordered one from midwest last night, with shipping the 6.5 gal bucket is $16 and change.

EDIT: I was referring to the white Home Depot buckets, not the orange since dyes would tend to make something no longer food-grade.

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Maybe try some of those detergent buckets from the bulk stores like Sam's Club or Costco.
Get a couple months worth of laundry detergent, and a free bucket with a resealable lid.
They are usually like $12 for the taller buckets of detergent.
Slightly bigger than 5 gallon i believe, maybe 6.5.
Just make sure you wash the heck out of them.
I've got a stack of them in the garage.
Some behind the garage full of sand from the old sandbox, victim of last mom 2 mom sale.

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