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Old 12-26-2012, 09:38 PM   #11
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Yes, spade bits are generally the cheapest that will work for this purpose.

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:52 AM   #12
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I failed using a spade bit on my new 10 quart bucket I found just recently. Instead of buying the hole saw and drill attachement, I think it will just be cheaper for me to buy a 5 gallon bottleing bucket. I could buy 2 buckets for the price of the tools/holeless bucket. Plus I thought my first was a pretty choppy hole I made with the spade bit(but it worked-barely) and still had to trim it with a razor.
I currently bought another bucket to drill a hole and thought,wtf? Im wasting too much on this. Im not going to spend more on the tools which I will never use again, then again I can always take the tools back(which Ive done before) So I kept the receit and am taking it back and am just going to by the damn bigger bottle bucket at my lhbs.

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:10 AM   #13
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So I kept the receit and am taking it back and am just going to by the damn bigger bottle bucket at my lhbs.
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I mounted a spigot on a 5 gallon bucket. Drilled it a bit low, but it works with the valve at a 45 deg angle. All good, thought I was clever. Then I brewed a 5.5 gallon batch. Duh'O. Had to wait and top-off the bottling bucket after filling 12 bottles.

I'm going to the LHBS this weekend for a pre-drilled 6.5 gallon bucket and lid.

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Old 12-27-2012, 02:14 AM   #14
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A step bit or a hole saw. Either will get it done quick and easy.

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #15
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One inch spade bit, but all the above work - just take your time and once it punches thru clean up the edges.

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Old 12-27-2012, 02:05 PM   #16
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I have tons of tools being a DYI kinda guy but...........
at my LHBS $9.99 for a 6.5gal ale pail pre drilled or undrilled it just doesn't make sense to waste time drilling my own.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:52 PM   #17
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I have a PVC 90 degree elbow that I connect to the inside of the spigot on my bottling bucket so that I get a little extra beer into bottles and so I don't have to tip the bucket. Pre-drilled buckets have the hole drilled a little too low for this.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:18 AM   #18
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If you only have to drill one hole you may want to consider doing what I did.

I traced a circle onto my bottling bucket using the spigot. From here I used a straight edge and scored the circle several times. Afterwards cleaned up with a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a dowel. Took about 10 mins and actually made a near perfect watertight hole.

 
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:21 AM   #19
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If you only have to drill one hole you may want to consider doing what I did.

I traced a circle onto my bottling bucket using the spigot. From here I used a straight edge and scored the circle several times. Afterwards cleaned up with a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a dowel. Took about 10 mins and actually made a near perfect watertight hole.
Oh, and make sure you do a good job cleaning up all the nasties left by the razor and sandpaper.

 
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:28 PM   #20
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My hole saw was broken,so I traced the threaded part of the spigot onto the bucket with a caligraphy marker. right below the black line under the logo (lower,wider 7.9G bucket). Cut it out carefully with a dremel & cylindrical router bit. Trimed with exacto knife. Pretty tight fit,& can tip the bucket only a little bit to get all but a couple TBSP of beer out.
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