Plastic "refrigerator bottle" for fermentation? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Plastic "refrigerator bottle" for fermentation?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-25-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
rgonzale
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Newark, DE
Posts: 25


I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on using a 2 or 3 gallon plastic "refrigerator bottle" for fermentation? They look attractive because they are cheap (under $20 on Amazon) and have a spout which looks like it would eliminate the need for a racking cane.

__________________
You telling me that I'm not good enough to drink -- here?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
NoRoom4Error
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Leesburg, VA
Posts: 57
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts


It's an opinion but maybe not one you want to hear... get a kegerator.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 02:08 PM   #3
rgonzale
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Newark, DE
Posts: 25

I'm talking about using the plastic bottle as a primary, not for refrigeration...
__________________
You telling me that I'm not good enough to drink -- here?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
audger
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
., Connecticut
Posts: 1,497
Liked 43 Times on 42 Posts


you can use it once. they are impossible to clean.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #5
JeffersonJ
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
JeffersonJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Durham, NC
Posts: 165
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


I think you'll be able to clean it fairly well with various chemicals. It's also small enough that you can really give it a good shake.

The only issue I see is that the valve is very low. I imagine you'll suck a lot of trub through there when transferring. Of course, you could almost use it like a conical to remove much of the trub after fermentation.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 04:23 PM   #6
JeffersonJ
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
JeffersonJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Durham, NC
Posts: 165
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


On second thought, Better Bottle makes a 3-gallon plastic carboy that you can also add a ball valve too. I've seen the non-ported version at homebrew retailers for about $20. Long-term, I think the Better Bottle would be a better use of your money unless there are other logistical issues.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
rgonzale
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Newark, DE
Posts: 25

I'll *probably* go with a traditional glass or plastic carboy. But this looked intriguing and I was wondering if other people used one of these instead.

I figure you could put a book under the end with the tap during fermentation, so the trub accumulates away from the tap.

The other problem is that the opening in the top is too large for a stopper, but you could drill a hole in the cap for your airlock.
__________________
You telling me that I'm not good enough to drink -- here?

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Double Blast" bottle washer clog krause59 Equipment/Sanitation 1 09-30-2011 02:52 PM
Bottle washer for "designer" faucet? eulipion2 Equipment/Sanitation 2 05-18-2011 02:37 AM
"Oxygen transmissiblity of Plastic" casebrew Equipment/Sanitation 55 09-17-2010 08:38 PM
Ale Pail vs Better Bottle "Size" Korben Equipment/Sanitation 1 02-02-2009 02:10 PM
6 gallon "Plastic Carboy" from BrewByU El_Borracho Equipment/Sanitation 2 12-06-2007 08:16 PM


Forum Jump