Fermentation bucket

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  1. KenK

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    Quickie question: Do you ferment in a bucket with a spigot to make racking to secondary easier or do you use bucket without spigot and then siphon? Seems like there's pros/cons both ways.
     
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    I gravity rack to the secondary from the spigot. But yes, it depends.
     
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    Definitely. There are pros and cons to everything, my friend. Here are a few pros to the spigot: You can control the flow to limit splashing. You can sanitize the spigot and the line much easier than sanitizing a racking cane. It's just easier to do. The cons: You can't be sure the spigot doesn't have gunk in it that could infect your beer. It costs more to buy the bucket and the spigot. To me, it's clear: Advantage spigot.
     
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    I have a strict policy, all smooth no scratches no crevices, nowhere for nasties to hide, freshly rinsed with cleaner and sanitizer right before using so I use the auto siphon but I'm thinking of a way to transfer to my keg from the fermenter using a sealed line and co2 to push so that may change and if that happens I’ll be taking it apart and cleaning every brew day
     
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    Bucket and spigot man or should a call it a tap as most Australians do :rolleyes:.
    I've found don't hold onto the tap for too long as it will harbour baddies in the barrel eventually. Watch it closely when you open it there is a barrel within a barrel with a hole in it when you turn it that hole slides over the outlet to let the beer out when you shut it back off I sits back inside the barrel. My thoughts are its hard to sanitize in this barrel bit. So toss the spigot and get a new one every so often or it it looks suspect in that barrel bit I give it a good sniff too for any nasty beerie smells.

    When cleaning in oxycleen I'll turn it on and off a dozen times to try and get that cleaner into the section.
    Oh and keep an eye on the thread on both bucket and tap/spigot as Oz said lots of crevices there ;).

    Well I've had me rant cheers have a good day :).
     
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    Looks like we're running 3-1 in favor of the spigot (tap, for you southern folks). I'm thinking about using a spigot too, and just removing it after every ferment and chucking it in a jar of starsan. They're easy enough to put on/take off and cheap enough to replace now and then. I like the autosiphon but cleaning that plus hose every time is a pain.
     
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    I use glass carboys. I've never seen one of those with a spigot!
     
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    Plastic FVs all the way , can drop them without stitches and having a tap makes transfer easy as Gravity never fails
    I won't even open the can of worms about secondary
     
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    Well, there's your problem right there. No way to sanitize a can of worms really. You have to take the worms out first:D
     
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    Use leeches. They're sanitary!!
     
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    Never was much for spigots. I use a racking cane. Can see if it gets clean.
    I like to cold crash then rack. Leaches are for secondary's.:eek::p
     
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