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Old 01-03-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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Is their any reasons I can't use a White Bucket with Airlock for my secondary? I have one I use for my Primary and broke my Carboy would it hurt anything to use my second primary bucket as a secondary?

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Old 01-03-2009, 02:23 PM   #2
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That will work fine

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Old 01-03-2009, 02:28 PM   #3
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That is how I have been doing all of my secondaries up until now. SWMBO got me a 5 gallon Better Bottle for xmas to use for my secondary. I have had no ill effects to this point. I don't think that I would try to age anything long term in there, but a normal ale for a couple of weeks will be fine.

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Old 01-03-2009, 02:35 PM   #4
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I've always heard that this wasn't a good idea. Mainly because of the fact that plastic can be permeated by air. I'm sure it would be fine for a few weeks, even a month maybe, but if you're going to age anything long term I would advise against it.

*Edit: Just read another thread about someone who left his barleywine in a plastic bucket for 9 months. So maybe I'm wrong in my previous statement. Perhaps I was given wrong information previously?

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Old 01-03-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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I think one downside of using the bucket as a secondary is that you can't see the beer through the plastic. Since one of the main reasons to use a secondary in the first place is beer clarity, it helps to be able to see when the beer is clear.

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Old 01-03-2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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Do not use for a long aging process like and Imperial Stout. I am using a bucket for my first secondary but a glass carboy would be nice.

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It's not the traditional method but it can work. My brother just made an amazing Super Alt using a bucket primary and secondary. I made fun of him, but he got the last laugh, delicious! Go for it.

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No problem with doing it...Especially since many of us don't secondary at all and opt for a month or longer primary in the bucket...

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It's easier to dry hop in a bucket as well

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