7.9 gallon plastic food grade fermentation bucket
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Compared to glass carboys and conical fermenters, buckets are easy to clean, inexpensive, sturdy, but do not provide a good oxygen barrier for long term storage and are easily scratched and therefore more difficult to sanitize.
Use a bucket larger than the volume you are fermenting as the foam (krausen) produced can sometimes be excessive and require extra room. Some yeasts are especially problematic such as Wyeast 3068 which requires a full 30% of headspace.
For this reason we recommend that 7.9 US gallon (shown in picture) or larger fermentation buckets be used when you wish to produce 5 US gallons of beer.
For more information see our Ferment and Package article.
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