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Old 01-12-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
MikeRoBrew1
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Hi Brew Crew -

I did a few searches with no relevant results.

I have two bottling buckets that I acquired but I don't do any bottling.
Can anyone help me think of a creative way to turn this back into a DEPENDABLE primary? I really want the spigot removed and the hole covered. The spigot is a cause for concern for me because it leaks sometimes and if you bump the spigot it can pop right off!

I know the arguments for/against them; I am really looking for a way to turn it back into a proper primary.

If I can't think of any ideas, I will likely just turn them into grain buckets for dry storage.

Thanks all!
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:19 PM   #2
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its just a bucket dude. leave it and move on.

 
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:24 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by rawlus View Post
its just a bucket dude. leave it and move on.
HAHAHAHAHAHA....oh man I needed that.



Just rack into it pitch and put a top on it. Tightening the lil spigot would work...i dunno?
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:45 PM   #4
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I'd just go buy a new spigot setup for a couple bucks and call it a day. All my primaries are bottling buckets with spigots, makes life easy. I hate siphons

 
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:28 AM   #5
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superjunior I would be curious to know approx how many batches you would say you have fermented in a 'bottling bucket'. Thanks
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:45 PM   #6
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i've done about 10-15 batches using a 'bottling bucket' for my primary and i've never had a problem with it. Not having to mess with siphons is great. I understand the arguments against it, but if you are just a little more careful i think its a lot more convenient.

 
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:01 PM   #7
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I use a bottling bucket as a primary as well, mostly because that's what I have handy. My only problem has been beer leaking out of the actual spigot, not around it, so now I plug the spigot from the inside with a synthetic wine cork. No more leaks.
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:13 PM   #8
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http://www.williamsbrewing.com/INVER...CKNUT_P179.cfm

I have spigots on all of my buckets and have had zero problems (knock on wood)...that pickup tube/nut from williams is the best invention since yeast.

 
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:44 PM   #9
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What about putting a solid stopper or bung in there and caulking it from the outside so it wouldn't go in??

 
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:56 PM   #10
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I make no distinctions between my bottling buckets and my fermenters, they are all buckets that hold roughly 7 gallons or glass carboys that hold 5 or 6.5 gallons. Some have spouts, some don't and I've never had a problem using any of them as a bottler or a fermenter, since I use an auto-siphon and bottling wand to bottle (I can even use my 5gallon glass carboys to bottle because I hardly secondary anymore)
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