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Old 03-02-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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I cant seem to figure this issue i have. Plastic is plastic.. it will scratch, it may harbor infection, maybe off flavor ect. So why do i read that better bottles are more in favor of GLASS carboys? Won't better bottles still get scratched? I read that the main complaints of glass carboys are BREAKAGE & injury. This seems strange to me.. if thats the only problem with GLASS carboys, accepted, i will be careful. as far as getting cut and bleeding.. i have stitched myself up quite a few times before.. and have used cat-tail or black pepper to clot the wound if i have no fishing line or thread. Beer seems more importaint to me than a little boo-boo or some pain. Is there any other reason to use one over the other? To me Glass would be better that plastic for obvious reasons. For one... i think beer in plastic bottles taste like crap compared to glass. and cans.. well forget it. i'll pass. Help my noobish brain figure this one out.

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Old 03-02-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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I pretty much only use a carboy for wine. Beer gets fermented in buckets

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I've never scratched the inside of a better bottle.....How would you?????

A fermenter is a fermenter is a fermenter, glass, plastic, carboy, bucket, jerry can, keg, milk jug, ceramic crock, glass hurricane jar, stainless steel or plastic conicals, pet food storage vessels (vittle vaults), HD or Lowe's buckets, frosting buckets, water jugs, the old Mr Beer jug...All of those and anything you can think of, all work perfectly fine, and have been used by hundreds if not thousands of brewers...

No one type is better or worse than any other...good beer or crappy beer can be made in all of them, dependant onthe brewer, NOT what it's fermented in...

It's really just a matter of preference, nothing more....There's tons of arguments about glass vs plastic and whatever, but they're nothing more than internet masturbation....the yeast don't give a flying ****ady what kind of container the wort it is swimming in.

The biggest thing is whether or not the material is food safe. Generally speaking where plastic is concerned we look at <1> and <2> recycling codes, and whether it can hold the volume we're fermenting or storing the beer/wine/mead/cider in...

Anything else really is irrevelent. Just what works for you. Many of us don't like glass, there's a ton of discussions about injuries from them breaking, or just wasted beer.

I have a dozen different containers I ferment in, everything from 1 gallon wine jugs, to 6 gallon better bottles...and honestly I don't have a preference to what I use...I just grab what's empty.

Just use what you want and don't complain about what others would choose to use, because honestly it doesn't matter....Because for everything you don't like about plastic, thousands of folks hate glass for whatever reason, so it's really pointless.

Why is it that new brewers always think this stuff matters? Anything that is a -vs- really is just ABOUT PREFERENCE.

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Yeah it's just choice. Although the little boo-boos you referred to are occasionally giant gaping gashes.

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Yeah it's just choice. Although the little boo-boos you referred to are occasionally giant gaping gashes.
Yeah that's probably one of the most ignorant and offensive things I've seen written in a long time on here.

I bet the folks with severed tendons mentioned in THIS thread, some of them members here, won't think highly of some noob calling their multiple surgeries to fix tendon and other SERIOUS injuries, "Boo Boos."
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Yeah that's probably one of the most ignorant and offensive things I've seen written in a long time on here.

I bet the folks with severed tendons mentioned in THIS thread, some of them members here, won't think highly of some noob calling their multiple surgeries to fix tendon and other SERIOUS injuries, "Boo Boos."
wow.. i guess my noob question just got trolled. sry for asking guys
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altho my main question was answered. It didnt need to be so harsh :P

"hence the "NOOB"

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altho my main question was answered. It didnt need to be so harsh :P
That wasn't harsh! I have only been here a very short time and have seen this question like 5 times.
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Better bottles don't scratch because they are hydrophobic, stuff doesn't stick to them the way it does to glass, so you don't need to scrub them like you have to scrub glass.

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i gave him a thumbs up for his answer.. it was fast and right on the money.. as far as cocky.. lol we are men. its in our blood.
Fishing line? pepper? WTF are you talkiing about. BTW, women brewers here too. Don't make me sic Yooper on you.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/vs-p...alysis-109318/

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