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sapphire

fermenting bucket

Ive got 2 demi johns, got to get a air bung lock thingy & do I need one of the fermenting buckets? Dont really want to have to pay out that much as part of the reason to try & make my own wine is cost.

What do you guys use?  Thank you  
Gareth

I'll brew in just about anything that will hold a liquid and has a sealable lid.

10-15 litres capacity, round, plastic buckets with lids that have been used to supply ingredients to the catering trade are ideal.

Most of the buckets that I currently use originally contained wild bird feed fat balls .... Wendy who I previously lodged with had dozens of these in her garage.

One of the deals when when Lois and moved in together 2 years ago was that all of my 25 litre brew buckets, and all but one of my 25 litre brew kegs went as they took up so much room.

With my wine and Mead brewing escapades I find that 10 litres is an ideal brewing size that doesn't take up a lot of room, and if a batch spoils then it is only 10 litres worth of ingredients and effort that is lost, and not 25 litres.
milkermel

Im with gareth, so long as they are food grade plastic then that is fine (interesetinglying some of the large rat bait buckets are food grade!! and imo if the bait is in plastic sack inside said bucket then there is no issue)

plastic should have the cup and fork symbol on it.

Having said which the brew buckets arent that expensive when you consider how long they will last.
Gareth

Most local bakers will have a ready supply of empty 5, 10, 15 and 20 litre plastic buckets that have previously contained ingredients such as jam filling or Apple puree (I use to get a lot of the 10 litre, square bright blue, Mackle Apple buckets for storing stuff in the garage and workshop), and the bakeries will only be too glad for you you take them away if you ask nicely (and maybe buy a cream cake or two).

But please take my advice; don't get any buckets that have previously been used for cream/butterscotch/caramel, and especially soft Toffee cake filling ....... they are an absolute swine to clean out.
sapphire

Thank you both  
Pilsbury

Care homes as well, I get mayo in 5 or 10 liter buckets. My oil is in 15 liter buckets d believe it or not my stock powder is in 5 litre buckets as well, if you only need a couple the chef there might be able to help you out if you ask nicely.
sapphire

bigphil

I've got more bungs and airlocks than I need as I dont use demijohns anymore. I can happily send you some.
bodger

Hey up Phil  Its nice to see a good oldy  
Jonty

If you call in at your local curry house, the mango chutney barrels (chutney in a bag inside barrel) are great fermenters/grain storers/boilers....
Lorrainelovesplants

Ive just made elderflower wine.....
used a fermenting bucket and then racked it off into a barrel keg.
Made some French style cider also, and have stored that in plastic water bottles for maturing (only made a demi-john full).
When i make sloe vodka, again its in plastic water bottles.

remember and label what youve made.

I still tell people about the mead gareth sent in the post with no clue as to who sent it, what it was or anything.  We thought terrorists had sent us a bottle of piss through the post!


(Was lovely though, when we got brave enough to try it)
bigphil

Camping shop called Go Ouydoors do big water kegs which  have tap. Good for final rack.

Bodger, less of the 'oldy' thank you.
Frazzled_Barbie

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:

I still tell people about the mead gareth sent in the post with no clue as to who sent it, what it was or anything.  We thought terrorists had sent us a bottle of piss through the post!


(Was lovely though, when we got brave enough to try it)


     

I spilt my tea on the keyboard

     
Gareth

Frazzled_Barbie wrote:
Lorrainelovesplants wrote:

I still tell people about the mead gareth sent in the post with no clue as to who sent it, what it was or anything.  We thought terrorists had sent us a bottle of piss through the post!


(Was lovely though, when we got brave enough to try it)


     

I spilt my tea on the keyboard

     


If I recall correctly that was when I was bored one afternoon in late December 2008 when I lived alone in my flat ....... I just searched around to get the addresses of several random OTGer's, and sent them an unmarked bottle of 12 month old plain Mead, in a plain brown Jiffy bag just for fun ..... the episode ended up being called "Piss in the Post" and started a rather funny thread on here.  

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