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scotched
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I made a Graff today since everyone is doing it.

I used a Home Depot Orange 5 gallon bucket with the lid.

I pushed it down with my hands (with a decent amount of force), and felt it “click” into place, but the lid will still spin in circles .

It says to hammer the lid down like a drum head lug pattern – do I need to do this or is already on?

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Misplaced_Canuck
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There’s supposed to be a rubber gasket. I use a rubber mallet to close it good and tight.

jonmohno
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There’s supposed to be a rubber gasket. I use a rubber mallet to close it good and tight.

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It doesn’t really matter, you really don’t need an airtight seal on your fermenter. The co2 coming out of there would protect your beer. In fact many folks with arthitis and other issues don’t snap the lid down on their buckets anyway, and may folks just put tinfoil, plastic wrap, metal cooie sheets or even plexiglass sheets on top of the bucket instead. It’s really not crucial to be tight. The bad stuff are not ninja acrobats, they really can’t get into stuff.

Nor is it important if your airlock bubbles or if you even have one. As long as there is a means for co2 to get out, nothing can get in, nor will you paint your ceiling with your beer by having a tight seal.

A spinning bucket lid will work fine, if you were uber paranoid, setting a brick or some books on top can be done, but again, it really isn’t necessary.

scotched
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True. And the seeping orange paint will shrink your right index finger!!

I’m kidding, I’m kidding. No one run with that.

jonmohno
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Yeah well there’s plenty of posts that later refuted that idea and proved that they are. That’s one of those long dead legends. In fact there was this posts TODAY about Lowe’s Gray buckets. which pretty much are the same things as homer buckets.

I’m not a homebrewer but found this discussion (and a few others that are similar) when looking for a bucket for food storage, and thought I’d chime in for future reference when people find this page via search.

I recently bought 50 lbs. of flour and need a way to store it. I decided that my preference, if affordable, was to buy new buckets as opposed to begging for them at local bakeries (what a pain, and who knows what those buckets have been through).

I have a Lowe’s right down the street. It does appear, according to comments here, that these buckets change from time to time, so it is important to go and actually look at them. The ones I found are labeled with a “2” in the recycling triangle, and are also stamped “HDPE” underneath. It is also clearly labeled as being manufactured by Encore Plastics.

As previously mentioned, the Encore HDPE (high-density polyethylene) buckets are food-safe according to the manufacturer here: http://www.e-encore.com/FAQpolyethylene.html.

One thing about the Lowe’s buckets: the lids are an extremely tight fit. I could not get it off in the store, and neither could the first or second employee I talked to. Finally, a manager showed us that the best method is to place the bucket on the ground between your feet, and use both hands to pull up on one spot. Hopefully this won’t be an issue, but since I’m storing food, it seems good that the lid is tight.

I am giving the buckets a good wash and will then fill them up. Best of luck to all you homebrewers–sounds like a hobby I’d like to try myself one day!

I made a Graff today since everyone is doing it. I used a Home Depot Orange 5 gallon bucket with the lid. I pushed it down with my hands (with a decent…