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Old 02-28-2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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So, im sitting here at work and I walk by a stairwell and notcie what looks like a giant wine rack full of those 5 gallon Ice Mountain water bottles and I think to myself.. surely If i got my hands on 4-5 of those I could brew forever and not have to worry about 5 gal fermenters again... hell i may even be able to make a conical out of one as a project to see if it works..

Anyone ever use one of those bottles? If so how could i go about procuring an old one as i have never seen the ice mountain guy come to drop them off.

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
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I have been researching the same thing.

Look for a recycling symbol on the bottom. From what I have read, if the Number is 1 (PET) or 2 (HDPE) then it should probably be OK. Anything lower would be too oxygen permeable, and wouldn't be recommended.

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:43 PM   #3
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This is probably the most debated topic posted on here every week...Here's my take on it...

If they're pet or hdpe use them....but most of them are polycarbonate NOT PET or PETE.

Polycarbonate uses BPA (bisphenol-A) in it's production. BPA may mimic the natural female sex hormone estradiol. In animal research it has been linked to female reproductive disorders, breast and prostate cancer, and attention and developmental problems.

Basically polycarbonate bottles have the potentiality to leach stuff into your water or beer...

I just found a home water purification company online that switched to shipping actual better bottles with their filter systems, because of the difficulty of finding ones that weren't polycarbonate.

I'm betting in the near future more and more water distributors will be going the same route because of all the press about estradiol in water bottles, and we'll be able to find more and more Pet water jugs at the big box stores then there are now...

And since it looks like the Better Bottle people are one of the few producers of the product, more companies are jumping online to fill the need. Which of course means the prices will go down.

Evidently some people are already finding Pet bottles in the water section of Homedepot and other big box stores now...so some places are making the switch already.

And at the same time, on here and other places, people say they use the other types all the time...so really it's gonna come down to your choice...
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:47 PM   #4
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^^^what he said. What you are looking for on the bottom of the bottle should look like this:only with a 1 (best) or a 2 in it.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:50 PM   #5
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I have a feeling high plains drifter was trying to show you this chart...



Definitley don't use <7>
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:51 PM   #6
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Damn it. Stupid intranets....thanks Revvy.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:57 PM   #7
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All of the Deep Rock bottles here in Colorado are #1
Prime...I wonder if SWMBO will let me do 5 gallons of Apfelwein a week?
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:59 PM   #8
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Damn, they are all 7.. ohh well gues no free fermenters for me

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:01 PM   #9
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Interesting. I just checked the Deep Rock bottles on my water cooler at the office, and they're PET.

I have about five glass 5-gallon carboys, though...

[edit]I see I'm about 4 minutes late. Windy on the plains today, Bigkahuna?[/edit]

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:05 PM   #10
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probably not a way i can talk you into "aquiring" a couple and mailing them my way :P

 
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