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Old 11-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #1
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Hey all was wondering if anybody woudl know of a website that i can order either 6.5 or 7.9 gallon fermenting buckets for a great deal and not over priced shipping? I need six at 6.5gallons or five at 7.9 gallons..Im going to be making 45 gallons of hard cider. i have 3 now so far but need more and kinda fast... going to be picking up the cider on friday

 
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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Uline has 6 or 7 gallon pails for about $9 each, but you have to buy covers separate and I don't know that they have the easy off covers. They have an East Coast distribution center but I don't know shipping prices.

Oh...min qty on the 6 and 7 gal is 5 pieces.

Check local industrial supply outlets for plastic buckets...
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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Check with local bakerys, the get frosting in 5-6 gallon food grade containers with lids. All you need then is to locate grommets locally the drill a hole install grommet and airlock.


Edit: they usually give them away for free

 
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I don't know of a cheap source for 6.5 gallon size buckets but you can buy food grade white plastic 5 gallon buckets in walmarts paint department for under $3. Lids are $1 and a grommet would be 50 cents at a hardware store. Thus, to ferment 45 gallons of cider you would be looking at 11-12 buckets (leaving room for head space) at a cost of under $50 total. You could use lids from other 6.5 gallon fermentors that you have to save some money.

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Old 11-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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I don't know of a cheap source for 6.5 gallon size buckets but you can buy food grade white plastic 5 gallon buckets in walmarts paint department for under $3. Lids are $1 and a grommet would be 50 cents at a hardware store. Thus, to ferment 45 gallons of cider you would be looking at 11-12 buckets (leaving room for head space) at a cost of under $50 total. You could use lids from other 6.5 gallon fermentors that you have to save some money.

Just a thought.
woudl they have 6 gallon buckets? cause i like to leave 1 gallon of head space.
also woudl u know if thoes buckets are air tight?

 
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #6
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I'd venture most plastic pail fermenters are not airtight due to no seal in the lids. If you wanted something closer to air tight you'd have to use a real pail lid that has the big o-ring inside the lid groove. Those are HARD to remove though.
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woudl they have 6 gallon buckets? cause i like to leave 1 gallon of head space.
also woudl u know if thoes buckets are air tight?
These are 5 gallons or 5.25 gallons depending on the maker of the bucket. I use these and the snap on lids with no problem at all. I ferment 3-4 gallons of wort in them with no trouble. I have about 10 of these because the biggest size I brew is in the 8-12 gallon range and then I split these into 3 smaller batches to try out different yeast strains, dry hops etc..

I know one poster in this thread mentioned being concerned about the snap on lids but I have never had any trouble with them and have used each bucket multiple times. Another option would be to buy one of the Walmart buckets and then get a lid from Lowes with a snap ring gasket seal to use. These lids are $2 at Lowes. I figured that part out later so i will move to these at some point in the future but don't need to yet.
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These are 5 gallons or 5.25 gallons depending on the maker of the bucket. I use these and the snap on lids with no problem at all. I ferment 3-4 gallons of wort in them with no trouble. I have about 10 of these because the biggest size I brew is in the 8-12 gallon range and then I split these into 3 smaller batches to try out different yeast strains, dry hops etc..

I know one poster in this thread mentioned being concerned about the snap on lids but I have never had any trouble with them and have used each bucket multiple times. Another option would be to buy one of the Walmart buckets and then get a lid from Lowes with a snap ring gasket seal to use. These lids are $2 at Lowes. I figured that part out later so i will move to these at some point in the future but don't need to yet.
These buckets could also be used to store grain. I fit 23-25 lbs in each one.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:23 PM   #9
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6.8 gal buckets with lids here for $9.65 and free shipping if you have a Prime membership.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

 
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I know one poster in this thread mentioned being concerned about the snap on lids but I have never had any trouble with them and have used each bucket multiple times.
If you don't need to use a tool or cutter to remove the lid we're not talking about the same kind of lids.

Gamma seal lids might be a good option, but those lids alone are about $8 each on top of the bucket price.
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