It has come to my attention (while looking at the neighborhood appletrees) that I am going to have a TON of apple cider this year. But unfortunately, I'm short on milk jugs (I usually have lots but had to maim them for making planting pots this year)
I was wondering what container ideas people might have for storing cider. Barrels? Glass containers that I can buy? I'm interested in freezing some, but will quickly run out of room. Thoughts?
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The contents of a gallon jar of pickles nicely into a gallon ziplock bag.
3 gallon food grade bucket with lids are generally free, 5 gallon bucket without lids easily at least $1.00 around here.
5 gallon water bottles are about 13-15 dollars, I think.
I believe I saw them in the camping section of Walmart.
5 gallon coolers are about $20.00 at Menard's.
A set of 6, 8, 12 and 16 quart stainless steel stock pots are about $25.00 ,$ 20 with the ever present 20% discount coupon at Harbor Freight.
Food grade closed head 55 gallon drums can be had for $15.00 where I live,$10.00 without their oddball sized bungs...
I doubt the insides of a water heater tank would do well with alcohol, but they are plumbed, and free or cheap.
Food grade IBC totes are at least $50.00 here.
A question - can cider be made from dried fruit?
If so, dried fruit might take up less space, and can become cider in the future.
5 gallons of liquid is probably a good upper limit, realistically.
Carboys for winemaking and other associated fermentation equipment like food grade plastic buckets are often VERY cheap in unused or used once condition on local kijiji/buy and sell groups. I once picked up all the equipment one would need or more at a local church yard sale for $15.... carboys, buckets, a wine corker, etc, etc... they literally shoved more items in our car to get rid of them. On that note, the jugs used for communion wine are great, screw top, and much bigger than a normal wine bottle, with a handle too .
Winemaking stores are also good for food grade plastic buckets, which are sizes that can be easily lifted.
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