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Old 11-25-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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Default Safe uses for Homer Buckets

So, I've got a couple extra orange Homer Buckets from Home Depot. Is it safe to:
1. Store grain in them?
2. Use them to submerge bottles in Star San while bottling beer?
3. Store Star San, long term, between batches?

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:43 AM   #2
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I've stored grain in them for years, lots of folks on here do.

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+1, I definitely use them to store grain. They work great

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:54 AM   #4
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Oh no, those Homer buckets are only good for bailing out your cesspit. See the recent thread on Ghetto Brew Kit. Evidently beer snobs use only titanium buckets. ;-)

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Store grain, I ferment small batches in them, water buckets, grain mill projects, they're food safe.

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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Any thoughts on using them for Star San?

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Plastic paint buckets are fine for StarSan, like Home Depot, Lowes. and others. Absolutely non-reactive with that chemical. The packaging is a plastic bottle. [grin]

A search turned up a coupla previous threads on this. Then again, it seems darn near everything has been discussed. If people (self included) did not ask similar questions, there would be no more posts.

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Survivalist forums discuss storing grain in sealed mylar bags inside of plastic 5 gallon buckets. That is for loooong term storage of years. I don't think us hobby brewers need to worry that much. If you are not using up your grain in a year, brew more often

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Plastic paint buckets are fine for StarSan, like Home Depot, Lowes. and others. Absolutely non-reactive with that chemical. The packaging is a plastic bottle.
Not true, at least with a Lowes bucket.
Now, yes, it took almost a year of storing various batches of StarSan, but it did start leaking.
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I use the orange buckets for cleaning & delabeling bottles in PBW,draining PBW solution from my fermenters after cleaning. I store PBW & starsan solutions in 1 gallon Sunny D jugs. They don't start leaking like thinner milk jugs do.
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