Just curious, as I 've seen different opinions on this, but how how ferments will you use the same bucket for?I started with carboys for t he first 4-5 years I brewed. AFter breaking 3 of them and losing 10 gal. of double decocted pils, I went to buckets and never looked back. I find buckets easier to use, easier to clean, and take up less storage room. In addition, they're unbreakable.
I have no idea....dozens at least. I don't track it or worry about it. I've got maybe 10 buckets and usually 2-3 are in use at any moment. I look for scratches before I use them, and take them out of service if I find any. But in 10 years, that's only happened once or twice.