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Old 08-16-2012, 09:24 PM   #11
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they are the same colored foodgrade buckets usplastics sells, just with a contract name on them. Its cheaper to have one production line, they just aren't labeled as such.

but they are 5 gallons, not big enough for a 5 gallon batch.

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Old 08-16-2012, 09:58 PM   #12
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Yeah, the only problem with the Home Depot bucket is the size. I've had one for years that I use for brining turkeys for holidays. I've also started using it as my sanitizer bucket.

I say go for it. Just adjust the recipes you use so they fit in the bucket with some head space.

Then when you upgrade to a 6.5 gallon Ale Pale or something like that, you can keep using the orange bucket for sanitizer or other food oriented applications.

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Old 08-16-2012, 10:08 PM   #13
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I secondary in the Menards/Home Depot buckets because they have less headspace than an Ale Pail and there is far less Co2 in secondary. I've also used them as primaries for smaller batches

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Old 08-16-2012, 10:16 PM   #14
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jail hooch is made in bags all the time. Honestly break down and just buy buckets that are food grade.

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Old 08-16-2012, 10:21 PM   #15
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THANKs for all the Responses. I am going to to go for it. What the heck. You guys gave me enough confidence to try it. Also, everyone is RIGHT. The extra 10-15 bucks would of saved me TIME. There is NO way I am going to repeat this method, TOO many unnecessary steps.... duct taping a bag to a hose HAh, desperate for time???? Exactly. My Ingredient KIT comes TMRW which is THE T-CAN and BEARCAT WHEATEN BEAT DOWN from Northern-Brewer. I think that is an incredible name but I wanted a mild hopped beer so I could throw down a Partial MASH with 2LBS of CRYSTAL 60L to give the beer a CARAMELIZED backbone? THOUGHTS: OH and I am doing a yeast start!

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Old 08-16-2012, 10:22 PM   #16
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Are you going to clean the bag after your done or just toss it? How much are the bags going to run you over the long haul?

I've used the lowes buckets a few times for small batches. You just need a grommet and a 1/4" drill for the lid. They sell 2 types of lids too. One with a rubber gasket, and one without. I use the one with the rubber gasket. The work great.

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OH AND I AM GOING TO ADD A TIGHTENING BAND so hopefully the JAIL HOOCH wont touch the DUCT tape.

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Old 08-17-2012, 12:47 AM   #18
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For future reference, Lowes sells 5gal food grade buckets. It's about $4 for the bucket and another $1.50 for the lid.
My local Home Depot sells a white food grade 5 gal bucket for the same price. It's made from the same white plastic as the "ale pail" at the LHBS, for a fraction of the price. Perfect for my 2.5 gallon batches.
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For anyone curious, I was able to mature my methods of homebrewing and own three ale pails now. Though I will have to admit this method of bag brewing worked out great for my first batch.

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My local Home Depot sells a white food grade 5 gal bucket for the same price. It's made from the same white plastic as the "ale pail" at the LHBS, for a fraction of the price. Perfect for my 2.5 gallon batches.
i bought literally the only plain white bucket from my home depot. they had hundreds of the orange buckets, but just one plain one. it cost twice as much, but still less than $5
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