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Old 09-10-2013, 05:42 AM   #1
Aug 2012
college park, MD
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I am going to be doing a primary fermentation on my fresh picked grapes that should last around 7-14 days. I'm going to do an open bucket one and was wondering if i could use a standard bucket that isn't listed as food grade (such as the one below) for this process. Anyone with experience please let me know thanks!

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Old 09-10-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
Jun 2008
Fayetteville, NC
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Food grade means just what it says, the plastic won't affect anything food related. Who knows what toxins, off-flavors, odd-ball chemicals etc you would get by using that bucket.

Just because something CAN ferment, does not mean it SHOULD be fermented.

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Old 09-14-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
Jul 2013
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I will probably get scolded for this, but, I have made several batches of wine in whatever plastic bucket I had on hand with no ill effect. However if you are going to buy a bucket make it a food grade one. I have made my last batch in a non food bucket, all future batches will be all food grade.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:06 AM   #4
Aug 2012
Glen Burnie, Maryland
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I do understand the temptation. Easy to obtain and FAR cheaper. However Doctorcad is right. Wine is an acidic substance that can leech toxins from non food grade plastic. Please don't take a chance of possibly poisoning yourself. :-)

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