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Old 03-09-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a starter kit to help me jump into the world of homebrewing. It seems like all the 2-bucket systems I have seen only have a spigot on the bottling bucket. Why is there no spigot on the primary fermenter?

I have read "Homebrewing for Dummies" and the author recommends using this simple setup to get going. He references connecting a hose from the primary fermenter's spigot to transfer the beer into the bottling bucket.

Has anyone seen a kit online that has spigots on both buckets?

Thanks for being kind to noobs.

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Old 03-09-2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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The reason there is not a spigot on the primary is because that is where all the trub is. If you open the spigot you will get all that crud into your secondary/bottling bucket. It is better to siphon from your primary.

There are also a lot of nooks and crannies on the spigot which is a good place for bacteria to hide and infect your beer.

 
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:45 PM   #3
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Spigots can also leak. Many of them drip slightly - not a big problem during the bottling process but during a 2-3 week fermentation it sure could be.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:49 PM   #4
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I think Williams Brewing sells bucket fermenters with spigots.

 
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:50 PM   #5
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I use a Better Bottle with spigot for a primary and have had no problems. In fact its absolutely great at pulling every last drop of beer out with no trub
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:19 AM   #6
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There's no reason that a spigot a few inches above the bottom of the bucket (above the top of the trub) wouldn't work.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:23 AM   #7
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I have one on my better bottle but I don't use it honestly. It's just as easy to use the auto siphon and I'm scared of infections, I'll use it as a secondary from now on and use my buckets as primaries.

 
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:30 AM   #8
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Both my buckets have spigots, and I wish one of them didn't. It's a major pain to clean the trub out of the spigot having sat there for 2-4 weeks, and you really don't want to use the spigot to move from primary to bottling/secondary because you want to leave that junk behind.

So, spigot on primary == extra work, no real benefit.

 
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:31 AM   #9
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I'm planning on using my better bottle/tubing/keg completely purged with Co2 prior to transfer. Use the spigot as a racking arm and pull as much beer as I can get.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:43 AM   #10
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I put a spigot on mine , it cost like 3$, works great and no infections.
(knock on wood) , I fill it full of oxyclean after I rack - let it sit overnight,
Clean as a whistle.

Remember to remove your airlock before racking to secondary or it will suck the fluid from it into your beer.

 
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