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Old 07-30-2012, 07:24 PM   #11
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What I would do in your situation is to wait until the initial fermentation is complete (1-2 weeks, usually, but a hydrometer will tell you when) then rack that beer into the primary bucket and use it as a secondary (I don't normally secondary, but lots of people do).

This will free up the bottling bucket to be used in another week or two. You may look into cold crashing to help clear the beer.

When it's time to bottle, proceed as normal and use the bottling bucket for what it's for Make sure you disassemble the spigot completely and wash it and sanitize it! Those things are impossible to rinse out without doing so. Then you will probably get an infection from the nasties in the spigot!

 
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #12
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What I would do in your situation is to wait until the initial fermentation is complete (1-2 weeks, usually, but a hydrometer will tell you when) then rack that beer into the primary bucket and use it as a secondary (I don't normally secondary, but lots of people do).

This will free up the bottling bucket to be used in another week or two. You may look into cold crashing to help clear the beer.

When it's time to bottle, proceed as normal and use the bottling bucket for what it's for Make sure you disassemble the spigot completely and wash it and sanitize it! Those things are impossible to rinse out without doing so. Then you will probably get an infection from the nasties in the spigot!
i've seen several other people say that about the spigot. just to be clear. are we talking about unscrewing the spigot and cleaning it that way? or is there a way to dissassemble the little twisty handle and break it down even further? because usually all I do is unscrew the spigot and nut and then soak that for 24 hours with the "valve" open in oxyclean/tsp mix

 
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #14
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I got a set of 3 aquarium lift tube cleaning brushes for cleaning spigots & the like. Remove the spigot & turn the valve to open. Put it in a coffee mug of PBW solution for several minutes. Then use that & a lift tube brush to clean the insides of it. Swish it around in the cup of PBW again & rinse under tap water stream. Then dunk in starsan for at least 30 seconds. Shake out,close valve.& re-install.
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i've seen several other people say that about the spigot. just to be clear. are we talking about unscrewing the spigot and cleaning it that way? or is there a way to dissassemble the little twisty handle and break it down even further? because usually all I do is unscrew the spigot and nut and then soak that for 24 hours with the "valve" open in oxyclean/tsp mix
I take mine off the bucket and then pull the inside of it out of the housing, so yes, take it apart. The valve handle should pop up and out of the housing, allowing complete and unrestricted access. You can soak in oxi, or use a SOFT whatever to wipe it out if it's gunked up good.

 
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:10 PM   #16
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A lot of people are suggesting secondary in the bottling bucket. For me this poses the problem of not being able to rack onto a priming solution come bottling day.

For the new brewer who started this thread I'd suggest ignoring the whole 'secondary' concept as many experienced brewers now do. On bottling day either stir in your sugar solution carefully or add sugar direct to bottles. No real need to keep racking. But next time, rack onto your sugar solution in the bottling bucket after a few weeks in primary.
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