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Old 06-08-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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n00b question,

Can you ferment in the bottling bucket?

If not, why?

 
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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Sure you can -- you can realistically ferment in anything (food safe) that will hold liquid. However, considering that buckets are so inexpensive, why would you want to tie up your bottling bucket with a fermenting batch?
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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You can, but the spigot will be pretty much useless since the amount of trub produced by the end of fermentation will certainly block the outlet. I imagine you would need to rack it to another bottling bucket to bottle.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #4
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You can, I've done it. Just be sure to remove the spigot and sanitize it thoroughly. Nasties can stay in the cracks there and ruin your beer if you don't. Also, make sure you have an extra bottling bucket handy. Otherwise you'll be forced to rack to a bucket with no spigot and bottle from there or add another step and rack back to your cleaned bottling bucket.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:07 PM   #5
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I like to ferment in a bottling bucket. Once it finishes I just put a tube on the drain and rack to the keg. The trub level is usually below the drain port.

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Old 07-12-2012, 12:27 AM   #6
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If you shake and tilt the bucket back for a few days before racking, the trub will not be anywhere close to the spicket

 
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:33 AM   #7
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If you shake and tilt the bucket back for a few days before racking, the trub will not be anywhere close to the spicket
That's what I did my first time. I stuck a small piece of 2x4 under the side with the spigot during the whole fermentation. By the time I was ready to bottle the trub had all rested in the back corner away from the spigot. The hardest part was priming. How do you evenly mix the sugar? Carefully. Mix but try not to splash if you're going to add it to the bucket then try not to disturb the trub. I only ended up with 2 bottles that didn't carbonate right, but I was new and didn't know if I wanted to spend that much space/money into the hobby yet.

 
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:14 PM   #8
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I have spigots on all my FV's,& the trub layer is always below the spigot level. I used my bottling bucket for a secondary once to oak an ale. It worked fine. But made bottling a bit akward.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:10 PM   #9
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I prefer siphoning to a separate bottling bucket, but it's not necessary. Coopers makes an excellent single container kit that you ferment and bottle from. At priming, potential trub disturbing issues are avoided by adding hard candy like 'drops' to each bottle.

 
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The carb drops don't really help avoid trub issues. They just make priming quick & easy. You still have to allow time for the beer to settle out well before ataching the little bottler wand to the FV to fill the bottles. Their plastic FV's are designed to keep the trub layer below the spigot when dispensing to bottles.
When they carb up & conditiojn,they'll settle out clear in a matter of days. Then fridge time helps compact the trub on the bottom of the bottles.
Anyway,having a seperate secondary would make trub issues at bottling more minimal.
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