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Old 05-07-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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has anyone ever used these? They are onsale with lids by me for just over $3 each, They are #2 plastic, same as the similar style buckets sold by my local supply store for $15. Are these safe to use? Drill a hole in the top, fit with a rubber gromet for your valve. Seems like a budget-friendly way to ferment some wine. Anyone have any experience with these?

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:10 PM   #2
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Yes, they work just fine. Keep in mind that with beer, you're going to need a blowoff tube for a 5 gallon batch, and you should expect to lose some beer to the blowoff. They do work, and they are safe, although I feel they're better reserved for grain storage due to their limited size.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:11 PM   #3
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I have heard of people storing grains in them. But do not know about brewing in it.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:17 PM   #4
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I wont be messing around with any beer yet. Gonna try some Wines. Anyone else have any experience....

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:17 PM   #5
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Just a note, a quick search of the forum will reveal dozens of other brewers who have used them in the past or who currently use them. I've yet to hear a horror story from a Homer brewer. The only real difference they have with Ale Pails (besides the price) is their smaller size.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:29 PM   #6
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THe one wine kit I made...was 6 gallons, not 5. So a home depot bucket may not be wise for wine kits.
if you do your own recipe from scratch, you'll be ok.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:41 PM   #7
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There are a couple people on there that line their buckets with "turkey bags" to aid in cleanup. You could easily do this with the cheap orange homer buckets and this would create a food safe lining...and also make it simple to clean up.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:49 PM   #8
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The materials used for these buckets, HDPE + colorant, as well as the manufacturing techniques, are not required to meet the FDA spec for food contact. Technically they should not be used in the brewing process.

However, it would appear from the previous posts that they are being used for this purpose without noticeable consequence.

This post does nothing to answer your question but at least you've got the straight poop.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:49 PM   #9
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There are a couple people on there that line their buckets with "turkey bags" to aid in cleanup. You could easily do this with the cheap orange homer buckets and this would create a food safe lining...and also make it simple to clean up.
are these saterile right out of the box? I like this idea...

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:50 PM   #10
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are these saterile right out of the box? I like this idea...
I think they are, but I would spray them with some StarSan just for peace of minde.
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