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Old 12-24-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I'd really like to siphon from my primary to a bottling bucket so I can batch prime. Will I run into any problems using a plastic non food grade bucket from the home depot?

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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I wouldn't chance it for a couple bucks. No way knowing what chemicals are in that bucket.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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I say no go. I don't gamble with my beer. Money maybe, but not my homebrew! They are like kids to me. I hope that doesn't make me a Cannibal.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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The problem with non food grade is the dye and the mold release chemicals used in manufacturing. I wouldn't take a chance even for a short time. If it about saving a few bucks you can check bakeries or restuarants, they receive ingredients all the time in food grade and may just give em to you.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #5
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Seen time and time again they're OK. Just wash it real good.

None of my "food grade" pails say anything on them about being "food grade". They just have the standard HDPE 2 designation.

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The difference is the purity of the plastic and the mold release chemicals that are used at manufacturing, most food grade will be stamped as food grade or usda approved

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Oh and. Hdpe 2 I believe is food grade but checking with the distributor or manufacturer is best.

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Homer buckets are fine for bottling. I used one for apfelwein. Just wash it good before you use it.

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I looked at the manufacturer for the cheap $2 buckets from farm n fleet, turns out almost all their buckets were food grade accept the ones made from recycled plastic. Check the manufacturers website, though if its the orange ones from home depot I can tell you those are NOT food grade.

I duck taped the lid down on my $2 bucket after filling with apfelwein. Not my proudest moment but I was in school and had lots of friends drinking from the corney and not enough fermentation vessels. No, I couldn't taste the difference.

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Buckets marked HDPE 1 or 2 are food grade.
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