I began brewing a few weeks back and took the long path of reading and watching a bunch of informative brewing pages and videos. I watched specifically at first for equipment. I knew there was a vast market of consumables and tools required to get drunk on my own supply, so I thought how better to form a valid opinion other than to learn what I could from everyone else looking to catch a craft beer buzz. I am still going large scale on a later date, but in the mean time I can work through some experience building practices by getting some small batches under my belt while tie-ing one on. I have pretty crappy water in my town so I am not going to bother getting analytical on the supply of water to suds. I'll wait until the water system is installed and then work on it from there. No need analyzing that which doesn't deserve to be drank let alone analyzed. We buy our water even for coffee when it comes to consumed water, so when I went to get water for brewing I came across the 2.5 gallon suitcase style water jug. While looking at my 8 gallon fermenter bucket, I thought hell that seems like too much to waste should my first offerings to the group be less than drinkable, which in turn would be the same as going to the bathroom and flushing my ingredients down the commode. The 2.5 gallon suitcase jug was going to get a new life as a fermentation vessel post delivery to my kettle. Welp, it worked great. Each time I get a new one to brew, it gets sanitized and used as a fermenter. My brother in law asked the question, "Does it contain anything that would hurt the sacred brew?" Truth is I don't really THINK so. It appears that we can buy online HDPE fermenters. I would have to think that a sanitized vessel of the same composition would have no effective difference. Cheers.