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Old 10-08-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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A friend of mine gets 25l buckets of this sort from his hatchery. They are used to transport vaccinations for the chicken eggs that they hatch.

I can pretty much get as many as I'd like for free, but are these okay to use as a fermentation vessel?

Apologies if something like this is somewhere on the forums, but I can't find it.

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Old 10-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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Yeah,a #2 in the lil triangle is good. What size are they?


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Old 10-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Google has it. HDPE #2 is the most food safe of the plastics. So, yes they should be fine for brewing beer. Try to inspect them internally for scratches and don't use anything harsher than a paper towel and PBW to clean them out. Avoiding scratches with plastics is where it's at.
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6.6 gallons
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Then they would give plenty of head space for co2 & krausen exapnsion. I soak mine in water with 3TBSP of PBW with the water up to the top of the krud line. Takes a few hours to soak'em clean. Then rinse & sanitize before storage/use. I also don't advocate using anything harsh to scrub'em with.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:58 AM   #6
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Great!

Infinite fermentation buckets for us then? (He gets about 5 of them per week).

Just need to stick in a spigot at the bottom and ready to go?

Only on my second batch but the more we can do, the better we are for the experience.

Thank you for the quick replies.

I am also currently looking into alternatives to caustic soda as a cleanser and bleach as sanitizer. Live in a smaller farming town and no LHBS to run to nor the awesome sounding Starsan.
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You can order Fivestar's PBW & Starsan from any of the online supply sites & have them delivered to your door. The 8oz bottle of Starsan has lasted me over two years so far. Hardly more than an inch used at this point. I started ordering 2/1lb jars of PBW every couple months so I can make a max strength gallon for my wife to use in the kitchen as well as my lil brewery. That stuff'll clean anything. And both are deemed food safe in the correct dilutions.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:07 PM   #8
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Yeah, but doubt they deliver to Potch, South Africa
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Ah. I was thinking NW Province was Cananda or something. Search brewing supply sites anywhere near your country. There are a couple more members on here from there that might be able to help...
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:05 PM   #10
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Thanks to both of you,

Am looking into using the cleansers and sanitisers used in the farmers community here. There is a no rinse sanitiser used for dairy bottles, but will look for more info before I will ask for advice from you guys.


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