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Old 09-29-2009, 02:14 AM   #1
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Default Crazy question: Can I use an old milk jug as a fermenter?

So I decided I want to make a bunch of 1/2 gallon brews to experiment with different recipes. Can I use a plastic milk jug to do this (has anyone done this successfully)? If not, is there a cheap way to get 1 gallon glass jugs? Thanks.


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Old 09-29-2009, 02:16 AM   #2
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You don't want to use an old plastic milk jug. Go smell one, if you want to find out why.

But, glass jugs are cheap! You can buy Carlo Rossi wine on sale for under $8, and use the wine for spaghetti sauce (the Burgundy isn't bad) and then buy a #6 stopper and airlock from a homebrew store.

I think some apple ciders still come in glass jugs, and do some other juices.

If you're making 1/2 gallon batches, you'll probably want a 1 gallon sized fermenter. A growler size (1/2 gallon) wouldn't be big enough to make the batch and give you any headroom for the krausen.


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Old 09-29-2009, 02:25 AM   #3
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could you just go to home depot and buy an orange bucket for 3 bucks and a lid for another buck and drill a hole and stopper in the top? that is what I am doing for my first brew. it is apple cider. I hope it works
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I love the Home Depot buckets but I don't know if I would ferment in it.

anyone know if they are food safe? they have a weird smell... and are very very thin


if they work, I am about to go buy 3 more primaries.
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+1 on cheap 1 gallon wine jugs. If you don't want to make spagetti you can use the wine to make sangria. I make sangria with some fresh fruit and several hard liquors mixed in, and as long as the wine isn't vinegary most red wines make an OK base.
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I think Yooper hit it on the head. Those are all great ideas!
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so does that mean that the homedepot buckets are safe i have some apple cider that i started today. so I hope they are?? has anyone used these before?
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looks like you will be the one to tell us


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