Where can I find one of these that's not the internet/Homebrew store?
I thought maybe Home Depot would have some lying around, but was mistaken. I don't want to pay the 20$ shipping and am switching to my second fermentation in a week.
just use some old carloss rossi jugs, that is what i use along with a 10 brew starter kit from target
You MIGHT find 3-5 gallon glass jugs at an antique or home decor store, apparently some get sold as vases.
But realistically the only other option besides going through a homebrew store is using a plastic water bottle. Try finding a local homebrew supply or craigslist if you don't wanna pay shipping.
ideally food grade plastic, hdpe. However, some hdpe buckets have a mold release agent added to them (to help them pop off the mold when being cast), which can be toxic. Call manufacturer to find out. But honestly not a huge price jump, like $6 for food grade instead of $3-4
It sounds like you went about it backwards. You should use the cheap plastic one for your primary fermentation (go get the 5 gallon water bottle from supermarket as previously mentioned ) then use your good glass one for secondary fermentation. I used to do that myself, but eventually inherited enough glass ones from the local home brew club that I use all glass now.
The up side of using plastic for the primary is that they are cheap, practically disposable, and won't crack if you pour in wort that is still a little too hot.
>ideally food grade plastic, hdpe.
isnt PP beter in that case?
I don't think you can reuse the HDPE, PP is easier to clean and does not "absorb" (sorry i could not think of the right English word) micro organisms like other plastics.
currently brewing a 2gal wine test batch in one of these. the jar is what im testing, not the wine. sofar everything is going very well