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6 Gallon Bucket - Plastic

6 Gallon Bucket - Plastic

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A food-grade six gallon plastic bucket perfect for all kinds of home beer or winemaking activities. Plastic buckets are often used as a fermenter, bottling bucket, or even sanitizer bucket. We go through thousands which helps keep our price down. If you want to use it as a fermenter you will also need to pick up the optional lid, stopper, and airlock. This bucket is also available in a version that includes a spigot (see recommended products below).  

If you use this plastic 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. 

Bucket has external volume markings up to 5 gallons.

lease 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 up 180°F.
Item # FE340
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Availability California - In Stock
Pennsylvania - In Stock
Weight 2LBS
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For cleaning stations
David Swager on Jul 25, 2018
I need buckets
George A on Jul 10, 2018
For cleaning stations
David Swager on Jul 25, 2018
back up
Valued C on Jul 11, 2018
I need buckets
George A on Jul 10, 2018
Buckets make the best short term fermenters
Joshua H on Jun 13, 2018
Recommended by friend
Alex Davit on Jun 9, 2018
2ndary fermenter...
Stuckert, G on Jun 5, 2018
William T on Apr 30, 2018
I need some new fermentation buckets..
Joshua H on Apr 5, 2018
again the semi-transparent is the best
Valued C on Mar 6, 2018
Needed extra fermenter buckets
justin k on Feb 7, 2018
Need grist bucket, and utility bucket
Stewart B on Jan 25, 2018
back up
Valued C on Jul 11, 2018
Buckets make the best short term fermenters
Joshua H on Jun 13, 2018

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Don't forget the lids; I did. They are separate.
October 11, 2018
2 months ago
It’s a fantastic bucket for cleaning and storing my sanitizer.
August 7, 2018
4 months ago
I love these for fermenting my mead. I just wish the lids sealed better
I use these a lot.  Extra room for expansion of my 5 gallon batches
I use these a lot. Extra room for expansion of my 5 gallon batches
June 17, 2018
6 months ago
Brew Great Beer not Bad Backs!
I find these much easier to work with then carboys which are at the very least heavy and at the very worst deadly hazardous. There’s more beer buckets come with a very nice easy sealing flexible lid that last a long time, the handles are strong and their new spicket’s are wonderful with the trub trap already built in.
May 22, 2018
7 months ago
Lid does not provide a good seal. Air locks therefore do not indicate fermentation activity
March 17, 2018
11 months ago
Just for Support
A bucket is a bucket but love to support my favorite HBS
February 22, 2018
10 months ago
Great buckets!!
Great buckets.price was right too!!
February 15, 2018
11 months ago
Translucent fermenter
This bucket is not nearly as opaque as my last one - while fermenting I could see the krausen without popping the lid (it helped if I used a flashlight). This was a big win for me, I just had to keep it covered to protect it from light. I did manage to scratch the inside somehow (just a bit) and was being very careful, so not sure yet re: durability, but so far so good.
Just before bottling
Just before bottling
February 7, 2018
11 months ago
Its a bucket.
It accels at bucket type things.
January 19, 2018
11 months ago
Plastic used is not listed, please update
The website specifies that the bucket is food grade up to 180F. I poured some hot tea into it to cool down at around 160F, and I immediately smelled melting plastic. In addition, the walls of the bucket became soft to the touch. This is definitely not rated to the numbers provided by the website, and it doesn't seem to be made out of HDPE, or a higher quality plastic, which will not melt up to 249F.
May 20, 2017