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6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:32:53 PM »
I brew ten gallon batches, and ferment primary only in 6 gallon buckets.  But quite often, I get krausen coming through the airlocks and spill all over my freezer.  It's a pain.  I'm thinking 7 gallon buckets would be the way to go.

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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 12:45:25 PM »
I use 7 gallon brew buckets when I my 6.5 carboys are busy. I've never had any blowouts from one of my buckets.  I usually am doing 10 gallon split batches as well.
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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 03:22:05 PM »
Just start using a blow off tube.  No more mess, no extra purchases!

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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 05:18:35 PM »
I brew in the 7.9 (let's call them 8) gallon buckets. This allows me to do 6 to 6.5 gallons comfortably without a blow-off or a fermentation lock.
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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 06:36:50 AM »
I've never had a blowout when doing 5 gallon batches in my 6.5 gallon bucket. If I were to buy another, I'd go with the 7.9 gallon size that Euge mentions.
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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 06:52:34 AM »
Where do you get 7.9 gallon buckets?

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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 08:23:26 AM »
Where do you get 7.9 gallon buckets?

 http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/beer-brewing-equipment/fermenting-equipment/brewing-fermenting-buckets/7-9-gal-fermenting-bucket.html

This is what I'd go with.

OUCH! I don't think I could bring myself to paying $23 + shipping for a bucket. All of my 5 gallon ones were free.

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Re: Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 09:26:22 AM »
Where do you get 7.9 gallon buckets?

 http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/beer-brewing-equipment/fermenting-equipment/brewing-fermenting-buckets/7-9-gal-fermenting-bucket.html

This is what I'd go with.

OUCH! I don't think I could bring myself to paying $23 + shipping for a bucket. All of my 5 gallon ones were free.

The 7.9 gallon buckets are usually used for fermenting wine. You might be able to get a better deal at your LHBS or at least save on shipping.
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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 02:49:15 PM »
I ferment 5.5 gallon batches in six-gallon better bottles so I always use a blowoff.  Most times there's some but sometimes there's not.
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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 06:29:18 PM »
http://www.containerandpackaging.com/item/P067W

I just ordered a bunch of stuff from their site the other day. The only downsides are there's a $10 fee for orders less than $50, and shipping is not cheap. I haven't gotten my order yet so I can't attest to the quality of their products (but a food-grade bucket is a food-grade bucket).
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Re: 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2012, 05:58:48 AM »
I ferment 5.5 gallon batches in six-gallon better bottles so I always use a blowoff.  Most times there's some but sometimes there's not.

+1.  Why not just spend $1 on 2 feet of hose?  Fermenting a 5G beer in a 7.9G container leaves a lot of headspace.  I'm much more comfortable with a blow off tube than leaving that amount of headspace above my beer.

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