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Old 04-29-2007, 02:55 PM   #1
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can i use a 6 gallon bucket from the hardware store as a fermenting bucket? looks exactly the same as the one I paid about 15 bucks more for at the brew shop.

 
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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Probably not food grade plastic. I would stay away from these type of buckets.

 
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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The process that they use in making them is not nearly as precise as with food grade buckets, so they are no where near as smooth as good ol' Ale Pails. The lack of smoothness, the little pockets and whathaveyou, are excellent harboring grounds for bacteria and extremely difficult for your sanitizer to reach and clean thoroughly.

Do you really want to risk $40 of ingredients to save $15 on a bucket?
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:53 PM   #4
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Do you really want to risk $40 of ingredients to save $15 on a bucket?[/QUOTE]


nope. thanks for the tip. just for future reference is there any way to tell if plastic is food grade? do they include some sort of marking on the bottom?
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:35 PM   #5
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Pretty much unless they came with food stuff in them, they are not. I know some people use ones that they got from a restaurant after they got all of the product out of it.

Avoid the ones that held pickles, for obvious reasons.
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by God Emporer BillyBrew
Avoid the ones that held pickles, for obvious reasons.
what... no pickle-beer??
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:56 PM   #7
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I picked up a home depot bucket. They are just fine for mashing and for bottling. I also use them to store my supplies between brews. I wouldn't trust them for an extended ferment, but for an hour of bottling, they're fine.

So I say pick one up....
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:59 PM   #8
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I'm using home depot buckets too. I'm using them because I couldn't find small food grade buckets. My beers taste great, but I did notice the finish isn't 100% smooth, like what was mentioned above. Just wash/sanitize them well and you should be fine.
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:25 PM   #9
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thanks. i'll pick up a couple i think for a quick racking and bottling. be nice to have extras for that purpose.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:52 PM   #10
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I got a food grade 6 gallon bucket from beprepared.com.... only $8.
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