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Old 12-07-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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I officially got a hold of one of the Brew Buckets

Have to say pretty impressed with the construction ...I've seen Stout Tanks and Blichmanns and this is just as good as quality stainless steel

It was packed professionally came with a reference guide and had the ball valve and airlock bung packed separately . Didn't smell or notice any oil that sometimes you see with stainless products

Ball valve is one solid piece with two silicone gaskets and a stainless nut with a plastic turn knob. It was easy to install and did a leak test and saw no drops on the first install. Racking arm was easy to move. I'm thinking it could be a little longer. But for the purpose of taking gravity samples and racking it does it's job

Super impressed with the lid and latch mechanisms...they have a built in spring that applies addition pressure...inside has a gasket to have a solid seal...I actually filled the bucket up with water turned on its side and not a drop leaked out

I actually weighed a standard glass carboy to compare the bucket and they both weigh the same right at 10lbs. Bucket fells lighter though. The handles are in the right position to carry and look to be securely attached. They could be a little wider and maybe have a rubber grip to add some comfort.

I do fermenting in buckets, carboys, and even corny and sankes. I've had buckets get scratched and cause infections, carboys have broke. Problem with sanke and corny it's hard to see inside and when racking you aren't sure where the trub is. This is the reason I'm excited to use this. The conical shape should collect the trub and yeast so when I go to rack I should avoid it.

Plan on filling this up tomorrow and will update the thread. Plan on doing a big IPA to see how well it collects the trub


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Old 12-07-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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i hadn't ever heard of these... and now i want one. ugh, THANKS! my wife hates you...


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Old 12-08-2013, 03:45 AM   #3
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i wonder how long the lottery to get one of these will go on...

 
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:43 AM   #4
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Do you still need to rack or transfer to secondary on this or can you dump the yeast cake from the bottom through that valve?

 
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:50 AM   #5
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Do you still need to rack or transfer to secondary on this or can you dump the yeast cake from the bottom through that valve?
You can't dump the trub or yeast. The single port is too high and is designed to pull your beer from above the trub and yeast cake.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:10 PM   #6
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Officially filled up my bucket in the bitter cold today... 6 gallons ...IPA with 5 ounces of pellet hops so hopefully will have lots of trub...well also dry hop with another 2 ounces...will report back in 2-3 weeks to see how the trub settled in the conical

Very easy to carry with 6 gallons of wort
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
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so your going to dry hop in the primary? or transfer to another one of these and dry hop in that?

You should look to modify the bottom to have a dump, even if you have to extend the legs a bit.

 
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #8
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What exactly is the function of the conical bottom? In real cylindro-conical fermentors it's made steep enough so that the yeast/trub doesn't stick when being removed through the bottom.

 
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:32 PM   #9
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Add me to the list of guys wanting one
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #10
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so your going to dry hop in the primary? or transfer to another one of these and dry hop in that? You should look to modify the bottom to have a dump, even if you have to extend the legs a bit.
I always dry hop in the primary

The spot where the racking arm is should be right about the trub so shouldn't need a dump...that's the theory I'm testing anyways


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