Bottling bucket as fermenter?

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  1. Jimsal

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    quick question. Someone gave me an extra bottling bucket. I don't need two. Any reason why I can't buy a lid and use it as a fermenter?
     
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    There are many fermenters that feature a spigot. Just make sure there's enough headroom for the krausen. Clogging may be an issue, but you could always siphon.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the bottling bucket and fermenting bucket are the same thing, other than one having a lid and one having a spigot. I use a bottling bucket as a fermenter, and to me the spigot is a lot more convenient than a siphon. If your spigot geta clogged you can probably clear it with a piece of wire or pipe cleaner. Sanitized, of course.
     
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    Yea I ferment in a bucket with a spigot / tap what ever ya want to call it. I'd check the bucket over for deep cuts or abrasions from let's say someone using a scubbing brush in it as I hear this is where bacteria like to harbour. When transferring or bottling tilt the spigot back a little with a folded cloth or something before transferring so the trub angles away from your tap this will help to get a clean transfer I've found. Good luck your homebrew collection is already growing!
     
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    You can ferment in anything you like , I have a few different types of vessels I use
    All are fitted with taps , some have airlocks but I ignore them anyway
    The Coopers/Mr Beer DIY vessel is the easiest to dry hop not having a screw lid but having the tap so high up from the base annoys me
     
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    Yep I've herd of glad wrap streatched over lid with pin prick in it! I'm no so trusting I'm too paranoid of baddies getting into brew:confused:.
     
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    Thank you guys. Now I can make another brew. Lol
     
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    Long answer: No reason. Get a lid and make sure the gas has a way out and critters don't have a way in.
     
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