Can you ferment in water jugs?
In short: you’ll probably be fine. To explain, the primary danger is oxygen leaching through the plastic and oxidizing your beer. This is a real risk however you can minimize it.
Can you ferment in 5 gallon water jug?
Yes, it is perfectly fine to use plastic carboys to make wine, just as long as you are talking about carboys that are used for holding drinking water. The 5 gallon plastic water bottles – like you see at the grocery store – are made of food-grade plastic.
Can you ferment in a plastic jug?
You use plastic containers for some parts of the brewing process and for fermenting fruits and vegetables. Make sure you choose food-grade plastic that’s BPA-free. BPA products contain bisphenol A, a chemical compound that has been linked to health conditions such as infertility, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes.
How long does 5 gallons take to ferment?
a couple hours for the brewing, a week to 10 days for the fermentation, another 2 weeks in the bottle and there you go. Depending on some things (yeast, how much fermentable sugar is in the must), Fermentation should take up to 3 weeks (often 2 weeks is just fine).
Which is better plastic water jug or glass fermenter?
Better bottles and bucket fermenters are cheap. I have fermented in plastic carboys can I cannot recommend it. You CAN get them clean with Oxy-Clean, but they are a PITA. Glass fermenters where you can use a carboy brush or plastic bucket fermenters are superior, in my opinion.
Why is beer fermented in a plastic bottle?
Not a chemist or a micro-biologist but alcohol is a more powerful solvent than water and may have a lower pH (may be more acidic) than what was in the plastic containers – so you may find that certain chemicals can and will leach from the plastic into the cider.
Why are plastic water jugs bad for beer?
The reason chemicals in the plastic may leech into your beer and not the water is because beer is acidic while water is fairly neutral in pH. A few hours in the sun may drive off those chemicals. There is probably some food-safety regulation governing water jug composition guarding you from harmful chemicals.
Can You ferment cider in a milk jug?
For years I have been fermenting my ciders in the plastic jugs the juice comes in; just make some head space and screw the cap down just short of air-tight so the pressure doesn’t blow the cap off. I would avoid plastic milk jugs. Someone said Carlo Rossi wine.