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Old 08-24-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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Hey guys quick question:

I have the opportunity to grab some 6gal Food grade plastic buckets for fermentation. Is there any real difference between a 6 & 6.5gal for fermenting?

Any reason I shouldn't grab them?

 
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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Just less headspace for your krausen.. I would get them. Just use a blowoff tube if you are concerned!

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:17 AM   #3
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I'd say the difference should be right around a half gallon. Get them, use a blow off tube as suggested above and be happy!

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Old 08-25-2011, 12:52 AM   #4
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On the bottom of my "6.5" gallon Brewer's Best bucket it says 6 gallons. I've also measured out 6 gallons and it comes out to the last "extrusion line" on the inside or whatever you want to call it, so probably a 1/2 gallon head space. I'm pretty sure we're all using 6 gallon buckets unless I'm the victim of some cruel conspiracy.

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:08 AM   #5
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7.9 gallons for mine: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...c9fda359170ad1

Great for Jamil's 6 gallon batches!
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:09 AM   #6
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Hey guys quick question:

I have the opportunity to grab some 6gal Food grade plastic buckets for fermentation. Is there any real difference between a 6 & 6.5gal for fermenting?

Any reason I shouldn't grab them?
Where are you getting them? Maybe the equivalent source exists near others of us!

 
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:13 AM   #7
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Make sure they weren't holding chip oil.

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Old 08-29-2011, 03:16 AM   #8
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On the bottom of my "6.5" gallon Brewer's Best bucket it says 6 gallons. I've also measured out 6 gallons and it comes out to the last "extrusion line" on the inside or whatever you want to call it, so probably a 1/2 gallon head space. I'm pretty sure we're all using 6 gallon buckets unless I'm the victim of some cruel conspiracy.
5 gallon buckets are technically 5.5 gallons. Carboys are that way too. I dunno. Anyway I ferment in the 5 gallon ones with a blow off tube. Moving over to the 6 tho.

 
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:35 AM   #9
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Are they used? A buddy of mine tried to re-use old pickle buckets that were sent (filled with pickles) to the restaraunt for brewing....The brew did not turn out so well....
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:01 PM   #10
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Are they used? A buddy of mine tried to re-use old pickle buckets that were sent (filled with pickles) to the restaraunt for brewing....The brew did not turn out so well....
I use a pickle bucket for bottling. I wouldn't ferment in one. Even though I haven't picked up flavors from the pickle I'll probably be getting rid of that bucket soon.

 
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