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The Benefits and Pitfalls of Fermenting Beer in Plastic Buckets


Setting up your own home brewing system can be very exciting for first-time home brewers. But aside from being exciting, it can also be daunting and expensive. So, if you don’t have enough money to afford an expensive home brewing system, then you can customize your own setup. If you want to create your own fermenter instead of buying expensive conicals, then you can opt for fermenting buckets.

Fermentation buckets are very inexpensive and they can hold large volumes of liquid thus allowing you to create larger quantities of beer. But since you need to remove the lid from the bucket if you want to check the fermentation process, you increase the chances of getting contaminants inside the beer. To avoid this problem, it is important that you do not constantly check the contents of the bucket until a the primary fermentation is over. (continue reading below)
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Another advantage of choosing fermentation buckets is that they come with handles so it is easier for you to carry them from one place to the other. It omits the need for you to buy a cart or carrying straps which you will most likely need if you opt for a carboy. Fermenter buckets can also be fitted with spigots, making it unnecessary to install a siphon. Using a spigot with the fermenter bucket provides better control over carboys and jugs when transferring or bottling your beer.

Unlike carboys and glass jugs, fermenter buckets are not transparent, so there is no need for you to shield them from the light. What you do need to be wary of is the amount of oxygen or contaminants that may get inside the fermenter as they too can affect the entire flavour of the brew.