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Old 06-15-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
PlasmaDave
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Hi all. New to the forums and also to brewing. I just bought a home brewing kit that leaves the fermenting process in the plastic bucket.

I was wondering if it's possible to do a two stage with the second being a 5 gallon water jug. The type you use in the water dispensers at gyms and such. It's plastic as well. If yes how would I fit an air lock on there?

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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According to this website #2, #4 or #5 plastic jugs should be safe to use.

http://yalesustainability.wordpress....safe-to-reuse/

As for the airlock, you'd have to rig up something unless the Better Bottle tops would fit on the jug.

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:20 PM   #3
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I've been using a 5-gallon water bottle for two batches of Skeeter pee. It happens to fit a standard 5-gallon carboy cap. The cap is tight enough to allow the airlock to bubble, which means it won't let nasty critters in. Unfortunately the seal is microscopically loose enough to not work when I blow air into the cap to force the liquid through a racking cane -- the pressurized air escapes out the bottom of the cap.

The bottle was available at the local big box store for $7, near the water filters. It is marked as food grade.

There have been no big, flavorful beers in this bottle yet, so I can't comment on its ability to resist absorbing stuff.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:57 PM   #4
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I've heard they are fine for primary but not for secondary because they do not prevent O2 from getting in. which is not good for beer AFTER fermentation is complete

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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I would first ask why you are doing a secondary.

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:44 PM   #6
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I would first ask why you are doing a secondary.
Why Not?

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:51 PM   #7
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Why Not?
Is that your main reason for doing it?

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:09 PM   #8
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Is that your main reason for doing it?
I actually go the extra mile and do a tertiary just because I can. I know how it upsets all the Primary only brewers.

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Kingfish
I would first ask why you are doing a secondary.
The guide I'm reading mentions that your beer will turn out clearer and potentially better tasting.

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:01 PM   #10
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m_c_zero:

Thanks a lot for the info and website. I'll look into it a bit further. The idea just popped into my head at work.

 
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