Buckets – Is There Really a Difference?
Sure there is. Although buckets purchased at Home Depot, Walmart, Target and the like are less expensive than the buckets we carry, they are probably not food-grade. Stick your nose in the bucket and sniff. If the bucket smells like plastic, you may have a real problem on your hands if you choose to ferment in it. In addition of causing odd plastic-like aromas in your wine, beer, mead or cider, sometimes non food-grade pails and buckets are produced using volatile chemicals and sometimes even heavy metals such as antinomy, arsenic and lead to keep the plastic pliable and soft. They may also contain UV blockers which are toxic. The alcohol in your product may leach these compounds out of the non food-grade plastic and could seriously jeopardize your health. So, that dollar saved by purchasing your bucket at the ‘big box’ store will cost you either your health or the product which was fermented in it. All our buckets and other plastic products are food grade and safe for fermentation.