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wrench 04-06-2012 10:17 PM

free PET mini-fermentors
 
I was cleaning up some junk in the basement and noticed a few plastic barrels in a corner. One originally had dog treats, the other cheese puffs or something. Anyway, I checked and they're both PETE-1 (not 7) and look to be about 2 or 2.5 gallons. They should be perfect for fermenting small-batch or split-batch brews. They're not Utz brand, but they look kinda like this only with screw top lids. They're basically peanut butter jars on steroids. (PB jars are also PETE-1, by the way)

http://utz.affinigent.net/store/imag...medium/484.jpg

I'm just not sure how I want to vent CO2. I figure I could just screw the top on very loosely and it should work fine at a net zero cost. Or, I could drill a hole in each and get grommets like those used in brew bucket lids to install airlocks. The wide openings will make these perfect for fruit or dry hop additions. And since they're free, I don't care if they pick up the fruit smells or only last a couple of batches.

Since I was planning to do a small test beer with some Summit hops this week, the timing is perfect!

BrewinHooligan 04-06-2012 11:09 PM

I think a drilled, grommeted hole with an airlock is the way to go. You should be able to find the grommets at Home Depot, Lowes, or your LHBS. Good luck!

FirstStateBrewer 04-07-2012 12:41 AM

I think I have a huge case of the munchies coming on.

pvtschultz 04-07-2012 01:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FirstStateBrewer (Post 3970302)
I think I have a huge case of the munchies coming on.

I agree!

But I have done a batch of Edworts Apfelwein in these containers w/o any trouble.

Beernip 04-07-2012 02:12 AM

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Originally Posted by pvtschultz (Post 3970509)
I agree!

But I have done a batch of Edworts Apfelwein in these containers w/o any trouble.

Funny, I have consumed a container of these while drinking Edworts Apfelwein? The wheel comes full circle. :tank:

octo 04-07-2012 02:41 AM

I use a square plastic animal crackers container with the lid loosely screwed on and havent had any problems. It holds a little over 2.5 gallons.

kewlio250 04-15-2012 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrench (Post 3969967)
I was cleaning up some junk in the basement and noticed a few plastic barrels in a corner. One originally had dog treats, the other cheese puffs or something. Anyway, I checked and they're both PETE-1 (not 7) and look to be about 2 or 2.5 gallons. They should be perfect for fermenting small-batch or split-batch brews. They're not Utz brand, but they look kinda like this only with screw top lids. They're basically peanut butter jars on steroids. (PB jars are also PETE-1, by the way)

any products you know that use these size with screw on caps?

SwampassJ 04-15-2012 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by octo (Post 3970657)
I use a square plastic animal crackers container with the lid loosely screwed on and havent had any problems. It holds a little over 2.5 gallons.

My parents just bought what I would consider a zoo sized container of animal crackers and my wife just bought the container pictured of cheesy poofs. I'm going to have to make sure they save me the containers.

Demon 04-15-2012 08:38 PM

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For anyone searching for this type of container, Snyders pretzels come in them.

jimmayhugh 04-15-2012 09:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrench (Post 3969967)
I was cleaning up some junk in the basement and noticed a few plastic barrels in a corner. One originally had dog treats, the other cheese puffs or something. Anyway, I checked and they're both PETE-1 (not 7) and look to be about 2 or 2.5 gallons. They should be perfect for fermenting small-batch or split-batch brews. They're not Utz brand, but they look kinda like this only with screw top lids. They're basically peanut butter jars on steroids. (PB jars are also PETE-1, by the way)

http://utz.affinigent.net/store/imag...medium/484.jpg

I'm just not sure how I want to vent CO2. I figure I could just screw the top on very loosely and it should work fine at a net zero cost. Or, I could drill a hole in each and get grommets like those used in brew bucket lids to install airlocks. The wide openings will make these perfect for fruit or dry hop additions. And since they're free, I don't care if they pick up the fruit smells or only last a couple of batches.

Since I was planning to do a small test beer with some Summit hops this week, the timing is perfect!

I know a gal that loves those things :D :
http://www.buttcrackbrewery.com/imag...heesePuffs.png


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