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This is a 25 litre or 5 gallon fermentation bucket or bin used mostly for making beer, although you can also use it in the clearing process for wine or spirits, and in the initial fermentation process of some wines. I bought it originally when my husband expressed an interest in making beer from kits, following our success with cider and wine. We bought it from Wilkinson for about £10, I see now they only have their own make of bins in, but this is available online from various home brew shops for around £10 still, if you are lucky enough to have a local bricks and mortar home brew shop you can probably buy one there as well.
This is a large white plastic bucket, with a plastic lid. On the side is measurements in litres and gallons, the Youngs name and that it is for fermentation of beer and wine. Attached at the top is a metal handle to make carrying it around easier, of course all things are relative and full this is extremely heavy. This is a good quality bin and despite being washed a lot, moved around when full (just between rooms for the temperature), and generally used and abused it is still in good shape.
Making beer or indeed cider or wine
We bought this to make beer, and that is the primary thing we use it for, This is simple to use to make beer kits as you pretty much put in the ingredients from the kit, add sugar and water and leave it in a warm place for about a week to ferment. Then assuming it's ready you can put it in a barrel or bottle it if you want your beer fizzy. Making beer with this bin is really as simple as that, all you need is the kit, the bin and patience :)
So should you get one?
Yes, if you like beer I thoroughly recommend buying one of these bins and making your own.