Hands On Review: Rubbermaid Commercial Product 1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher

Small Upgrade = Big Difference

There are several equipment purchases that I look back on and say… I’m really glad I got that, it’s made a big difference.  Sturdy, Food Safe One Gallon pitchers fit that bill.  I went from a mish-mash of too small plastic pitchers, found around the house, that bent under the weight of wort, dripped and leached who knows what into my beer to two commercial quality 1 gallon pitchers.  What a difference.

I started out with pitchers similar to these those worked well, but have a couple of drawbacks, namely… aluminum does not play nicely with Star San.  I still use those for some purposes. From there, I picked up a Rubbermaid Commercial’s 4 Quart Bouncer Pitcher

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Rubbermaid Commercial Products Bouncer Measuring Cup, 4-Quart, Clear, FG321800CLR – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Hands on Review FG321800CLR Rubbermaid Commercial Pitchers

Here’s the Rubbermaid commercial pitchers quart markings.  Clear sides make it easy to see what you’re measuring.Liter markings.Rubbermaid Commercial Products DivisionBPA FreeNSF CertifiedEasy peel off label.  That’s a pet peeve of mine.  This actually comes off clean.Made in USAThick, heavy duty plastic.  This pitcher feels sturdy.  My assumption is that these are called Bouncers because you can bounce them off the floor.  Have not tried that on purpose yet, but I do plan to mistakenly drop this at some point.  🙂Testing flow rate for an RO Water Filter SystemHow much water does a KOMOS kegerator drip tray hold?  Great question, yet another thing I’ve used these pitchers for.cln_img_1308More Flow Rate Testingcln_img_0571Making diluted BLC solution to clean draft linesBus Tubs HomebrewThree of my favorite brew day things – commercial bus tub for carrying gear and ingredients and catching drips, Rubbermaid Commercial Pitcher and my Brew Day Whisk.

High Temps.  This pitcher is designed with commercial kitchen use in mind.  It’s made for both hot and cold use -40 to 212 deg F.

Two Pitchers.  If you are vorlaufing/recirculating, you’re going to want two pitchers and even if you’re not two pitchers are handy.

What I use this pitcher for.  Vorlaufing/recirculating, collecting water, topping up water, collecting wort from my mash tun, holding utensils on brew day, as a cleaning vessel for smaller items, mixing up PBW and Star San, general measuring.  I’m sure there’s more.

Since purchasing this is 2013, I’ve since added another to my home brewery.  Both have continued to work well. I can highly recommend this pitcher to you.  I’ve been using it on brew day and beyond for years.  It’s on a short list of my favorite upgrades.

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Rubbermaid Commercial Products Bouncer Measuring Cup, 4-Quart, Clear, FG321800CLR – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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6 thoughts on “Hands On Review: Rubbermaid Commercial Product 1 Gallon Bouncer Pitcher

  1. Art

    Perfect timing! I was about to go hunting for a good BPA-free/NSF/etc 1 gal. pitcher and saw this roundup. Ordered the Rubbermaid. You-Ess-Aye! 😛

  2. Anonymous

    I like that the aluminum one can go right on a burner if necessary. I know it’s not a brewing related use, but I’ve made spiced cider and mulled wine in my aluminum pitcher, and it is super convenient to be able to heat and then pour right into a mug… I don’t have a ton of storage space, so any finding multiple uses for brewing equipment is always a big plus for me.

  3. philh

    Have you found that the aluminum pitcher’s markings are not accurate? I checked when I first got the pitcher, filled with a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup and it’s off by quite a lot.. I have to fill almost to the brim for an accurate 1 gallon..

    1. Chris Brewer

      I think the aluminum pitcher is reasonably accurate. In my experience 1 gallon is right where the lip starts to flange out.

  4. Anonymous

    I got the Aluminum Pitcher based upon the recommendations here and wish I had know about the problems with star san and pbw. I now have a ring from the hop spider I dried in it. Other thing to point out with the aluminum one is that the handle has pretty sharp edges that I had to ease with a file. Getting cut by your pitcher on brew day is a definite bummer. I will use it because Aluminum is pretty shatter resistant, but I might get the Rubbermaid to compliment it.


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