Anybody know why there are no fermentation buckets made from PET? I ferment in the plastic buckets with a lid that snaps on and I love them. they’re easy to clean, easy to move, and I have never had any issue with them yet. But, the drawback is that I cannot see inside. That sort of burned me this weekend. I made a chocolate stout and needed to top off to make 5 gallons. I use a paint mixer for my power drill to aerate and that causes a thick layer of foam on top of the wort so I like to aerate when there is not the full 5 gallons in the bucket. Makes it easier to not have any mess overflow the bucket. But then when I topped off I was looking at what I thought was the liquid line in the bucket and tried to watch that move to the 5 gallon mark. It turned out that the line I was looking at was really a perfectly placed shadow on the bucket and so by the time i realized that I had filled the bucket about a half gallon too high.
So I began to wonder, why do they not make a PET, clear plastic version of that bucket? I have looked at the big mouth bubbler plastic version but I am shying away because I have heard of sealing issues and also that they are very thin. I thought about the glass bubbler but hear that they are prone to breakage. A PET bucket would be awesome. Anyone know of a reason that is not made? Are there technical reasons?