From the HBD Archive
Subject: Re: Brewing in garbage pails
Date: 1989-06-12 15:30:27 GMT

In Homebrew Digest # 173, Patrick T. Garvin asks:

How safe/advisable is it to brew (primary fermentation) in a plastic
garbage can? (Such as those made of hard plastic sold by Hefty.)

Most books tell you not to brew in any plastic which isn't food grade.
Some of the books tell you to use only white plastic which doesn't
smell like a chemical. Others tell you not to use plastic which is
easily scratched (scratches are a place for bacteria to hide and
avoid being washed off).

It is possible to buy or order food grade plastic fermenters of
various sizes from your favorite brewing supply store or order house.
Please mail me for an address.

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