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Old 12-01-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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I have been using Home Depot buckets for primary fermenting. They have been working great.

They were under $3, and my home brew store sells lids for bottling buckets (they have an area to insert an airlock). Their lids fit onto the Home Depot buckets.
The total cost for bucket and lid is around $5

Home Depot's cheap orange buckets are made of HDPE(2), which, from what i understand, is food safe

If anyone knows of a reason I shouldn't be doing this please let me know.


Just thought I'd mention this, in case anyone is looking for a great deal on fermentation buckets.

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I have been using Home Depot buckets for primary fermenting. They have been working great.

They were under $3, and my home brew store sells lids for bottling buckets (they have an area to insert an airlock). Their lids fit onto the Home Depot buckets.
The total cost for bucket and lid is around $5

Home Depot's cheap orange buckets are made of HDPE(2), which, from what i understand, is food safe

If anyone knows of a reason I shouldn't be doing this please let me know.


Just thought I'd mention this, in case anyone is looking for a great deal on fermentation buckets.
There's been a ton of threads on that topic, most of it filled with fear mongering, and a fewe folks that have actually come to the same conclusions, or talked to folks, that although not marked as "food grade" they are indeed, "food safe."

And several people do use them, either as fermenters or bottling buckets.

If it works for you, then don't let anyone dissuade you. Like I said, plenty of people use them.

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It'll turn your beer orange.





Just kidding - Great deal, thanks for sharing.
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Do you drill em and put in a spigot??? I have been wondering about em also. I have used drywall buckets to make wine with before (I do drywall so I have 100's of buckets), but in the last few years they have quit putting the rubber gasket in the lid,,,, thought of trying a lid from the brewhouse, just ain't got around to it, but the buckets I have been getting from the local shop, I have had to drill and put in a spgoit.

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Oh yeah, you can see some of these discussion, some of which have been heated, in the similar threads box down below.

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The only drawback I find in the homer buckets is that they are a little small.

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Like I said, plenty of people use them.

Plenty of people drink Budweiser too.
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Plenty of people drink Budweiser too.
So????????????

(And they are perfectly happy drinking it whether we like it or not.)
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Plenty of people drink Budweiser too.
I am trying to brew stuff that makes Bud look stout, reckon they'd work for me??
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Do you drill em and put in a spigot??? I have been wondering about em also. I have used drywall buckets to make wine with before (I do drywall so I have 100's of buckets), but in the last few years they have quit putting the rubber gasket in the lid,,,, thought of trying a lid from the brewhouse, just ain't got around to it, but the buckets I have been getting from the local shop, I have had to drill and put in a spgoit.
Stagnasty,

There are a number of people on here that use a piece of plexiglass as a lid, ie no seal at all. Look around for "Open fermentation". I wouldn't sweat the seal, although you don't get the nice burble burble without it. I have a couple of icing buckets from a bakery that do not have the rubber gasket and they worked fine for apfelwien and they were free!
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