5 gallon water jugs, any use for them?

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by lilmissy0740, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. lilmissy0740

    lilmissy0740 Well-Known Member

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    I was given a bunch of water jugs for a water cooler. Any ideas on what to use them for?
     
  2. swjohnsey

    swjohnsey ExCommunicated

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    You can store water in them.
     

  3. OldCootHillbilly

    OldCootHillbilly Reverend Coot

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    They make great fermenters!
     
  4. cnsper

    cnsper Well-Known Member

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  5. cowboyhermit

    cowboyhermit Supporting Member

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    Me and OldCootHillbilly think alike on this one:D although I would say they only make "good" fermenters because they are permeable to some degree:cheers:
     
  6. pandamonium

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    Store dry goods, rice, beans and such. Make sure can seal the opening well.
     
  7. Immolatus

    Immolatus Just getting started. Always.

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    Well its already been stated, but the obvious use is to, well, store water. I keep them around empty because I dont see a way to actually seal them except with wax, but they should come in handy when needed. I got some with the built in handle, cause if it goes down, I'll have to hump water from the nearby (1/4 mi) lake.

    Please explain? I got a gallon glass jug that Ive used for fermenting veggies and experimenting with someones (I think Davarm?) bread beer, but I dont think I'd use plastic. What are yall fermenting in em?
     
  8. cowboyhermit

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    Well I was talking about beer/wine/mead:D Plastic is fine for the primary fermentation, though I much prefer glass carboys or wood barrels, most homebrewers use a pail as a primary fermenter these days.
     
  9. OldCootHillbilly

    OldCootHillbilly Reverend Coot

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    Ditto:beercheer::cheers:
     
  10. Jimthewagontraveler

    Jimthewagontraveler Well-Known Member

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    No they are useless pm me so i can give you my address and I will dispose of them in a ecologically safe manner
    so that the earth will be clean and beautiful where you live.
     
  11. Jimthewagontraveler

    Jimthewagontraveler Well-Known Member

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    For a very small fee.
    This is a limited time offer.
    Not availible in any store
     
  12. readytogo

    readytogo ExCommunicated

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    Seals.
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_nkw=SCREW+WATER+COOLER+BOTTLE+CAPS+2+3+5+GALLON+TOPS+
     
  13. weedygarden

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    Use them for water

    If it were me, I would fill the jugs with water and cap them.

    I recently scored a free water cooler from craigslist and now would like to score some 5 gallon jugs for water. I have one that my daughter used for coins that I recently cleaned out and filled. I have saran wrap and a rubber band for a temporary. Heavy to move around at 40 pounds, but the cooler (not necessarily used as a cooler, more as a dispenser) will make a nice way to access the 5 gallon jugs. So far I haven't found a decent deal on the jugs, but craigslist has been good to me many times, so I will keep trolling it. I'll keep watching. I am also glad for the link for the caps. Thank you readytogo!
     
  14. lilmissy0740

    lilmissy0740 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. To ferment or not??. Hmmmm
    Weedy garden if you lived close I would be more than glad to give you some.
     
  15. LincTex

    LincTex Jack of all trades?

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    The used ones I get for free are never clean enough inside for me to trust them for potable water.

    So, I take them back to the store and exchange them for new, filled, and sealed bottles - and they stay sealed.
     
  16. extexanwannabe

    extexanwannabe Newbie

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    I'd be happy to take them off your hands...
     
  17. weedygarden

    weedygarden Well-Known Member

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    Going west?

    Thank you! I thought of that, but I have no trips planned going east to be able to pick them up. I am wondering if someone might be heading west between you and me and could bring me some! You never know! I literally live just 2 miles off of I-70 if anyone would possibly be making a westward trip from the east in the future and would be willing to bring some.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
  18. Kodeman

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    I would only use plastic in an emergency as it has a tendency to affect the taste.
     
  19. LincTex

    LincTex Jack of all trades?

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    I get that from HDPE containers, but not from PET
     
  20. ZoomZoom

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    lilmissy,

    Hmmm, I live close. ;)

    Take about 8 of them, seal the top, strap a piece of plywood to the top and cruise down the Allegheny, Mon or Ohio. You're a month late for the Regatta.