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Old 10-29-2012, 06:53 PM   #11
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5 is not food grade 1 & 2 are food grade

 
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:22 PM   #12
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Thanks. Very good to know.

 
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:05 PM   #13
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Another follow up question:

I've heard one option is topping off, namely doing a strong runnings of 2.5 gallons that is about twice my target OG and then topping off with 2.5 gallons of water once I put in my fermentation bucket.

My question is what if I want to do a high gravity RIS or something of the sort. I have a recipe for an oak aged Yeti clone that I'd like to try out, but the total grain bill would be ~20 lbs, which would equal about 1.6 gallons, so the most I'd be able mash that in would be 3 gallons. My understanding is that for best efficiency, I'd want 1 quart per lb in mash, but there is no way I can manage that with a five gallon capacity kettle. What will be the efficiency hit if I were to mash 20 lbs in three gallons, add another gallon via makeshift sparge, and then top off to five gallons when I put into my fermentor? Am I being too ambitious here? Should I just resign myself to a partial mash and get the rest of my gravity through an overpriced extract addition?
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:44 AM   #14
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Make sure you look on the bottom of the bucket to see the number in the triangle.

My super sized grocery store has changed the icing bucket to a number 5 from number 2. No more good deals on buckets.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #15
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5 is not food grade 1 & 2 are food grade
I was just reading the August-Sept issue of Wine Maker. It says "To check for certified food grade status, you can look for the seal of the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and a recycling code of 1, 4, or 5 at the bottom of the container. Don't use vessels with recycling code 7 - these contain BPA." I'd like to find a source to positively identify which materials are ok, but haven't been able to so far. What source is your info from?

 
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:16 PM   #16
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I have several icing/frosting buckets with a 5 in the triangle.



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