Buckets are ok, but sometimes the lids don't seal all that well, allowing the co2 produced via fermentation to escape through other avenues besides the airlock. This is why you can sometimes still have fermentation without airlock activity. For the beginning brewer, a hydrometer is your best friend. The rule of thumb is 1 week in the primary, 2 weeks in the secondary, 3 weeks in the bottle.
Primary- Export Stout
Kegged - Mt
Originally Posted by springer
I see a ripped bag in your future BM :)