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Tip: Get Food Grade Buckets for Cheap – or free

Satin Ice Rolled Fondant Icing White 20 PoundsPictured: Satin Ice Rolled Fondant Icing White 20 Pounds via eBay – For illustrative purposes, I’m not suggesting that you buy this.  Read the tip below.

For years, I have suggested to homebrewers that bottle – make friends with your local craft beer bartenders.  Especially beer spots that carry heavy glass, refillable German and Belgian types of bottles.  These bottles are beautiful and well made and the labels generally come off very easily.  If you make friends with your local purveyor of quality craft beers you can usually grab these bottles for free or for the cost of bottle deposit.  You’ve saved some beautiful bottles for re-use, helped your homebrew standout by using awesome bottles and saved some money.

How about making friends with your local baker or donut shop?  The reason you may want to do that is, first you could eat a donut and those are pretty tasty.  Second, bakeries and donut shops sometimes purchase icing in 5 or 6 gallon buckets.  Those buckets should be food safe, since they… already have food in them.  The trash to treasure principal applies here.  Bakeries that use these have an abundance of them with no great place to send them other than the trash or possibly recycling.  Make friends with your local baker and you may just score some free or near free food safe buckets for fermenting, grain storage and general around the brewery use.

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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TEN x 3.5 Gallon Heavy Duty Buckets

Argee RG503/10 Bucket, 3.5 gallon, White

Argee RG503/10 Bucket, 3.5 gallon, White

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Heavy-duty, 70 mil bpa-free polyethylene
  • Pails have metal handle with a plastic grip
  • Reinforced upper rim
  • Solvent resistant
  • Made in the USA

 

Argee RG503/10 Bucket, 3.5 gallon, White


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

SIX x 5 Gallon Food Grade, Heavy Duty 90 mil Buckets+Lids [fermenters, grain storage & more]

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid - Set of 6 - Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail - Food Grade - Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids - 6pk)

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 6 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids – 6pk)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Set of 6 – 5 Gallons in Volume – Food Grade HDPE Plastic – BPA Free
  • 90 Mils Thickness (.09 inches) – 14.5″ Height, 12″ Diameter
  • Metal Handle with Plastic Grip – Lid included
  • All Purpose – Heavy Duty
  • Made in USA

Potential uses: Convert to fermenters (search Amazon for food grade grommets) and for grain storage.  My general rule of thumb for unmilled grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate, these would each hold 25 lbs of grain.  That’s an estimate, actual capacity will vary.  Additional uses could include – assist with cleaning and sanitizing items and generally lugging stuff around.

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 6 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids – 6pk) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: The Gamma Seal Lid – Gamma Seal Lids have an outer ring (that typically stays installed) along with a center section that spins on and off.  It’s airtight and easy to open and close.

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MoreBeer 6 Gallon Bucket w/Spigot and Sediment Filter [Fermentation or Bottling] – $13.99, Limited Availability

Plastic Bucket - 6 gal. (With Spigot) FE345

6 Gallon Food Grade Bucket from MoreBeer.  Includes MoreBeer’s Sediment Block Spigot, which helps minimize trub uptake.  Spigot can be rotated up (if you use this as a fermenter) or down (if you use this as a bottling bucket).  Note that lids are sold separately.

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

A six gallon food grade bucket for fermentation or bottling with a built in spigot.  Outlet barb accepts 3/8″ ID vinyl tubing.  To use as a fermenter you will need to pick up the optional lid, stopper, and an airlock.  Includes our new Sediment Block Spigot, which will help minimize trub uptake as you rack after fermentation.  If using this as a bottling bucket, simply rotate the spigot to maximize product output.  Spigot includes gasket and sediment blocking lock nut and can easily be removed for cleaning and sanitizing.

If you use the bucket for fermentation be sure to use care when cleaning. Do not use any abrasive pads that would scratch. Once you get a scratch in a plastic bucket it is very hard to sanitize.  This is also why we don’t recommend storing equipment in a bucket between uses as a fermenter. A hot PBW soak is often a perfect way to clean a bucket, followed by a Star San soak for killing bacteria.

Please note:

  • Buckets are translucent and do not come with lids.
  • Buckets are not designed to hold pressure.
  • Lids are not gasketed and so do not always form a perfect, airtight seal. Not intended for long-term storage.
  • Food-Grade to 180° F

 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $13.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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Plastic Bucket – 6 gal. (With Spigot) FE345

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TEN x 3.5 Gallon Heavy Duty Buckets

Argee RG503/10 Bucket, 3.5 gallon, White

Argee RG503/10 Bucket, 3.5 gallon, White

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Heavy-duty, 70 mil bpa-free polyethylene
  • Pails have metal handle with a plastic grip
  • Reinforced upper rim
  • Solvent resistant
  • Made in the USA

 

Argee RG503/10 Bucket, 3.5 gallon, White


Also Consider:

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

SIX x 5 Gallon Food Grade, Heavy Duty 90 mil Buckets+Lids [fermenters, grain storage & more]

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid - Set of 6 - Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail - Food Grade - Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids - 6pk)

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 6 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids – 6pk)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Set of 6 – 5 Gallons in Volume – Food Grade HDPE Plastic – BPA Free
  • 90 Mils Thickness (.09 inches) – 14.5″ Height, 12″ Diameter
  • Metal Handle with Plastic Grip – Lid included
  • All Purpose – Heavy Duty
  • Made in USA

Potential uses: Convert to fermenters (search Amazon for food grade grommets) and for grain storage.  My general rule of thumb for unmilled grain storage is 5 lbs per gallon.  At that rate, these would each hold 25 lbs of grain.  That’s an estimate, actual capacity will vary.  Additional uses could include – assist with cleaning and sanitizing items and generally lugging stuff around.

5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 6 – Durable 90 Mil All Purpose Pail – Food Grade – Contains No BPA Plastic (5 Gal. w/Lids – 6pk) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: The Gamma Seal Lid – Gamma Seal Lids have an outer ring (that typically stays installed) along with a center section that spins on and off.  It’s airtight and easy to open and close.

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3 Piece STAINLESS STEEL Bucket Set – Bayou Classic 4888, Up to 6.5 Gallon

Bayou Classic 4888 3-Piece Stainless Steel Beverage Bucket

Bayou Classic 4888 3-Piece Stainless Steel Beverage Bucket


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 3-Pc beverage bucket set
  • 2. 5-Gal bucket
  • 3. 5-Gal bucket
  • 6. 5-Gal bucket
  • Chill and serve your favorite beverages in style
  • Perfect party accessory sturdy Bail handle

I think these are generally intended to ice down beverages, but could also be used as general use buckets.

Bayou Classic 4888 3-Piece Stainless Steel Beverage Bucket – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Gamma Seal Lids – Spin Off, Airtight Bucket Lids [Grain Storage]

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Gamma Seal Lid by Gamma2


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Keeps food fresh
  • Airtight seal protects the contents
  • Easy spin on/off lid

“Transform your bucket into an easy opening, airtight, pest-proof storage container with the universal Gamma Seal Lid. When attached to virtually any 12″ diameter bucket (3.5- to 7.0 gallon), the Gamma Seal Lid provides airtight protection for the contents—excellent for literally thousands of storage applications. The resilient elastomeric gaskets keep air and contaminants out, while protecting the contents. Stackability is also a handy feature! The Gamma Seal Lid is available in a variety of food-grade colors for safe storage.”


Gamma Seal Lids [Hands on Review] are a great upgrade to standard buckets.  You attach the base of the unit to the bucket and leave that intact.  The lid screws on and off easily.  No more prying lids off.  These are also airtight.  I use buckets with Gamma Seal Lids as my primary storage for bulk grain and recipe kits.

How much grain can you store in a 5 gallon bucket?  My rule of thumb for grain storage capacity is 5 lbs per gallon.  With that estimate a  50 lb sack of grain fits in (2) 5 gallon buckets.  That’s an estimate and will vary.

Gamma Seal Lid


Gamma Seal Lids are available in a variety of colors and quantity offerings – Search Gamma Seal Lids on Amazon

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Bucket Lid Opening Tool

5 Gallon Bucket Lid Opener.  Buckets are an economical way to store grain and more.  Lids can be difficult to pry off.  This tool helps with the task. Note that this is designed for use with standard-type bucket lids and may not work well with thin-lipped style lids used on some fermenters.

Also Consider Gamma Seal Lids: Gamma Seal Lids have an outer ring (that typically stays installed) along with a center section that spins on and off.  It’s airtight and easy to open and close.  Search Amazon “gamma seal lid”

Linzer 5425 Plastic 5-Gallon Paint Can Opener


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Camco Pop-Up Cooler Collapsible Cooler

Camco Pop-Up Cooler - Lightweight, Waterproof and Insulated Pops Open for Use and Collapses Flat for Storage | Perfect for the Beach, Pool, Camping, Tailgating and Travel - Blue (51995)

Camco Pop-Up Cooler – Lightweight, Waterproof and Insulated Pops Open for Use and Collapses Flat for Storage | Perfect for the Beach, Pool, Camping, Tailgating and Travel – Blue (51995)

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Lightweight, convenient cooler pops open for use and collapses flat for storage
  • Water resistant interior prevents leaks, spills and condensation
  • Insulated access hatch allows you to retrieve food and beverages while minimizing cold loss
  • Features a zippered lid, carry handles, and buckle strap to keep flat when not in use and bottle opener also included
  • Measures 13″ in diameter by 10.5″ tall when expanded and 3″ high when collapsed for storage

 

Camco Pop-Up Cooler – Lightweight, Waterproof and Insulated Pops Open for Use and Collapses Flat for Storage | Perfect for the Beach, Pool, Camping, Tailgating and Travel – Blue (51995) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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