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Old 12-09-2012, 11:52 AM   #11
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I have a carboy and bunch of plastic buckets. Can't tell you the last time I used the carboy. The carboy is mostly visual. I like the ability to fill and carry the bucket.

 
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:07 PM   #12
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Yeah,the plastic FV's are easier all around. Wide opening & lighter weight.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:16 PM   #13
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I use these buckets. (link)

They are hard to beat for under $10. Just drill a hole in the lid, and slip a grommet in there for your airlock.
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Apparently their buckets arent marked, though. Just a regular old bucket. Why would you NOT use a bottling bucket to ferment? Im asking because I seriously dont know.
For me, because if you can transfer to another vessel you can leave the trub behind. My cousin and me were sampling a multigrain red I brewed a few weeks before. I remembered sticking my siphon a little too deep and pulling a good amount of trub into the bottling bucket when I bottled that batch. I was reminded this when my cousin pointed out the weird yellowish green color of his beer compared to the red in mine. He about sh** his pants. Imagine stirring up all that sediment when you add your primary sugar at bottling time.


On another note, you can try to go to some bakeries and/or bakery departments at Walmart, Bilo, etc. for some additional free buckets. They won't have 6 gallon buckets, but you may be able to score some 5 gallons. That would allow you to at least make batches bigger than 2.5 gallons.
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