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Old 01-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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I was searching the forum to see if the orange Homer buckets are safe to ferment in. There was a lot of discussion back in 2009. Someone was saying that a chemist had verified that they are food grade, then someone else said that they sold an injection mold to a guy who makes the orange buckets for HD and they use the cheapest worst crap possible. Not sure who to believe.

The most recent discussion (2012 - ghetto brew kit) was by cherrington3, who actually used one of the buckets to boil his wort and then was never heard from again.

I was wondering if in the past 4 years, anybody has actually regularly fermented (not boiled) in one and could testify as to whether or not they poison the brew or cause any bad flavors.


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For readers viewing this thread in the future, be aware that it contains >10 pages of excessive B.S. not worth reading.

The pertinent information can be found in posts #42 & #103. Long story made short, my personal recommendation is that only FOOD GRADE buckets be used for fermentation and grain storage. Buckets not specifically marketed as food grade, in all likelihood have toxic mold release agent impregnated into the plastic. AND if a bucket is not specifically marketed as food grade, it is NOT food grade. Nobody, Home Depot included, is going to spend the extra money to use non-toxic (food grade) mold release agent and then not charge for that.

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Old 01-30-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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I used them in for some of my first couple of batches last year. They were my first batches, so Im not sure if any off flavors were from the bucket or my lack of experience and newbie mistakes. I know I made a stout in one of those buckets that was pretty damn good and made a cider that was pretty damn bad (dry as a bone).

I dont use them anymore except to store grain & starsan.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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I generally shop at The Home Depot as they are always $2 per item cheaper than Lowes.....but Lowes now carries a 5 gallon "Food Grade" bucket for under $3. The matching lid is another $2...but has a nice gasket seal..seals very tight.

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Old 01-30-2013, 03:56 PM   #4
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Was getting a friend into homebrewing, went to lhbs and they wanted $18 for a bucket. We purchased a spigot and then went to Lowes and got 2 buckets with lids. They worked fine his first batch a APA I came up with had no off flavors and was a great beer.

Btw these were white buckets

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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http://www.lowes.com/pd_356492-1152-...ket&facetInfo=

if they came out with a 7 gallon bucket all the homebrew shops would go out of business!
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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The problem is,it's 5 gallons. A 5 gallon batch would have little head space.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:51 PM   #7
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If you have a local dairy check them out. Mine sells 5 gallon buckets that contained chocolate, coffee syrup etc. for $1.50 each. People have also gotten soy buckets free from Chinese restaurants.

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:53 PM   #8
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I've posted before on this, but HDPE is HDPE. It's molded polyethylene with a dye to color it. Whether it's orange, blue, green or white. Whether it's virgin or recycled. Doesn't matter. Flip it over and make sure it says HDPE with a 2 recycle code. The issue is 5 gal is too small for a 5 gal batch.

And docrobert is right. The mark up on 7 gal pails at homebrew shops is ridiculous compared to the price of a 5 gal pail from the hardware store.

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:57 PM   #9
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the only bad flavors have been from my mistakes. Yes,$15 is steep for a 6.5 gallon bucket. So where does one get 6 to 7 gallon pails at a reasonable rate?
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:02 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JJL View Post
I've posted before on this, but HDPE is HDPE. It's molded polyethylene with a dye to color it. Whether it's orange, blue, green or white. Whether it's virgin or recycled. Doesn't matter. Flip it over and make sure it says HDPE with a 2 recycle code. The issue is 5 gal is too small for a 5 gal batch.
That's not true.

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredie.../ucm093435.htm

Also some dyes can make in non food grade.

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