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My primary doesn't have the reinforcment, but it's not the 6.5 gallon, just 5. I wonder if I should replace it? I use a closet upstairs as my wine making place, if the primary failed it would cause quite a mess! I've been thinking of getting a better primary anyways, something that could handle kits or even batches using grapes. I don't think I want to go stainless at this point though, a little too expensive. anybody have one they like?
 

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best primary ive found for small batches is the 10 gallon rubbermaid brute trash barrel for about $20. got it at a restaurant supply place. only slightly bigger than the typical fermentation pail but the handles on the side are better than a wire handle and the plastic is more durable. the 10 gallon size is very compact and portable for those worried about space... it is like a miniature replica of the typical 32gal brutes used in janitorial.

i use the snap on lid for the brute ,it is not airtight but airtight is not needed for primary ferment anyway, i put a book on top just to keep fruitflies out. opening regularly to punch down or stir must is more convenient than with a snap-on lid with airlock anyway.

the 10 gal size is perfect for 6 gal batches that include grapeskins or oak or both, or wines that tend to foam or ferment excitedly... no risk of overflow.
 

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I see the lids for these white plastic ones come complete with a hole and grommet intended for use of an airlock, but when I bought mine, it didn't have a hole or grommet.
I punched a 1/2 inch hole into it and instead of a grommet, a small piece of 1/2 inch tubing with an airlock inserted works just as well.

Just thought I would put that out there as it would work well with alternative primaries too.
 

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I have lost 1 bucket to this. Probably got less than 10 batches through it. It's companion has shown no sign of failure yet.
 

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Wow, I have one of these, and I am seeing the crack starting to develop.. Thanks for posting this as I was unaware, 6.5 gallons of red must dumping out on a off white carpet, in a 3rd floor apartment would definitely cause me not to get my security deposit back!! what are your guys thoughts on using a igloo cooler, from what I understand they are food safe plastic..
 

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All of my buckets look like those but the code date is different. I saw this a while ago and checked them out. Thanks for posting that Steve.
 

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The buckets I use are the ones from getting fresh juice. Guess they are not affected...
 

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Just cause they are food safe doesnt make them good, but since its just for primary fermentation it wouldnt cause any problems(just dont want you to get confused with that) I would get a rubber maid 10 gallon whiye bucket or fermenter from wine supply or just call them when ordering like FineVineWines and make suer you are getting the ribbed bottom fermenting bicket.
 
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