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#1 coldone OFFLINE  

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Posted June 22, 2016 - 08:17 PM

2 food grade buckets from Lowes $5/ea

2 Gamma lids from lowes $8/ea

2 Bubblers from the local home brewery store $1/ea

2 Grommets for bubblers $0.50/ea

 

The buckets
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The Gamma lids with hole drilled in it

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The grommet installed

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The bubbler installed

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Two buckets completed

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Edited by coldone, June 22, 2016 - 08:18 PM.

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Posted June 23, 2016 - 03:36 AM

AWSOME !! Your ready to start some wine too. Those should do the trick. Just remember to pre- season them, as plastic will absorb odors. Clean them well with either lemon juice or white vinegar prior to use. ( Day before , not minutes... Need to be dry and free of any " fermentation aids like Mother" that is in vinegar). Cabbage will make its own vinegar as it ferments, it doesn't really need much help. Oh and for you guys that also make wines... DO NOT MAKE THESE THINGS AT THE SAME TIME OR STORE NEAR EACH OTHER, or you will have fruit vinegar, not wine..
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Posted June 23, 2016 - 06:00 AM

I have not heard of preseasoning them. I will give it a try.



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Posted June 23, 2016 - 07:02 AM

I buy goat lick pails at Orschlens Farm & Home.  They are food grade - stamped right on the pail.  We make kraut about every year, depending on how the crop produces.  Just throw a towel over the pail while it is fermenting.  Has work for many, many years as that is the way the folks did it.  Only need the lid and bubblier system if making wine.  Also have a recipe for making kraut in a fruit jar.  Lot less work and work good too.


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Posted June 23, 2016 - 08:17 AM

I tried the towel method last year and did not have good results. Bugs kept getting in. I wanted something that I knew would not let them in. I know its been done for years with the towel, I just feel more comfortable with a sealed container.






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