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Old 01-25-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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I accidentally put a brew in the bottling bucket for fermentation. Will it be okay? I think that I have heard of other people making this mistake but I can not really rememeber. Thank you!


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Old 01-25-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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As long as everything was clean and sanitized, it's not a big deal. It'll just make bottling day a bit of a hassle, but you could pretty easily rack to another vessel, clean and sanitize your bottling bucket (paying EXTRA special attention to the spigot), rack back, then bottle as per usual.


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As long as it's sanitized it's fine. Only difference between the bottling bucket and fermenting bucket is the spigot attached.
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I used to use my bottling bucket as my secondary. No problem, assuming your bottling bucket is big enough(head space) and you don't blow the top off????? Make sure you have a blow off tube on it.
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I used my bottling bucket as my primary for years. After fermentation, I would rack to my secondary (carboy) and then the bottling bucket would be free for bottling 2 weeks later. As long as you've got something to use as secondary I see no problem.

There will be a bunch of trub that builds up in the spigot. Just make sure you take it off and clean it really good.
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Or, rather than transferring your beer all over the place, just use an empty carboy or other fermenter as a bottling bucket and use an autosiphon and bottling wand combo.
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I happen to like using a bottling bucket as a primary. Makes taking hydrometer samples easy and worry-free. Never a problem with keeping things sanitary.
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ok so if you use the spigot to get your hydro sample - will there be any consequences from getting it from the bottom. ie. - taking away any trub that could contain yeast, getting trub in the sample - will that give you a bad reading?
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ok so if you use the spigot to get your hydro sample - will there be any consequences from getting it from the bottom. ie. - taking away any trub that could contain yeast, getting trub in the sample - will that give you a bad reading?
SG measures the content of dissolved solids (usually sugars) in the wort. Yeast and other stuff are not dissolved, and consequently don't affect SG. That being said, I usually give the stuff a few minutes to settle before take a reading. In my experience, the SG from the spigot has been spot on from a sample taken from the top.


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