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Old 01-09-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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heck at 5 bucks a pop I could get 3 and just drill em myself

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Old 01-10-2012, 12:00 AM   #2
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Tried it, couldn't get a good seal on the lid, so I bought a $3 spigot from the lhbs and made it my bottler.

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Old 01-10-2012, 12:44 AM   #3
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Just because you didn't get a good seal doesn't mean it won't work. Sanitize everything and the buckets should work fine. The airlock might not bubble, but that doesn't mean fermentation isn't happening.

I recommend not attempting to ferment a 5 gallon batch in a 5 gallon container though.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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I grabbed them up at $2 a pop, use them for a sanitizing bucket and to store grains

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Old 01-10-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
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Only fits about 4.5 gallons of brew.

I use them all the time - don't even use an airlock, just set the lid on top. When fermentation calms down I snap the lid down until I bottle. I drilled a hole and added a botting spigot to mine, and it works great. You can do the a 5 gallon batch of cider in it since it doesn't foam up during fermentation.

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Old 01-10-2012, 12:56 AM   #6
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I saw them on sale yesterday and was wondering the same thing!

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Old 01-10-2012, 01:11 AM   #7
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They are not food grade. I believe they do sell some white ones (or maybe that's Lowe's) that are food grade, and I believe they are so labeled.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:14 AM   #8
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There are a CRAP ton of threads on this debate but I use the 3.5 gallon icing bins from my grocer because... they are free and I like to experiment with smaller batches. work great though and if need be you could always split a 5 into two...

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Old 01-10-2012, 01:16 AM   #9
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They sell white ones that are food grade. The orange ones are questionable because of the dye.

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Old 01-10-2012, 01:16 AM   #10
Jan 2012
Tampa, FL
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I bought some buckets at Home Depot, but not the orange ones. They have white ones that are HDPE 2. Flip the bucket upside-down and read the markings on the bottom.

Types Of Plastic

In the United States, the following codes represent the seven categories of plastic used in nearly all plastic containers and product packaging:

HDPE 2 (high density polyethylene) is used in milk, juice and water containers in order to take advantage of its excellent protective barrier properties. Its chemical resistance properties also make it well suited for items such as containers for household chemicals and detergents.

EDIT* I should mention that the lids suck. I have had 2 lids break from general use.

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