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Old 04-19-2007, 03:54 PM   #1
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I have lost confidence in my buckets. My last two beers have fermented in a bucket with a spigot and have ended up with off tastes. Kind of sour but still drinkable. I have another bottle but it is really old and has a gash in the bottom. I recently bought a 5 galllon better bottle for a secondary and was thinking of buying another for primary.

So, my question:
Is a 6 gallon BB a better choice than 7.whatever gallon bucket? (I know I will need a blow-off) The bucket runs somewhat cheaper.

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BTW, I know this has come up before, but I could do a search with "6" or "better" in it, words too common or something.

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Old 04-19-2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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Haven't used them yet, but I bought two 6 gal BB primaries. Theya re a hell of a lot better than glass carboys just for the pure fact that I don't have to worry about them breaking and the neck has a wider opening, which makes it easier to dryhop.



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Old 04-19-2007, 04:35 PM   #3
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I use a 6.5 gal glass carboy as my primary and am happy with it but would replace with a better bottle in a heartbeat. I have two 5 gal BBs that I use as secondaries and have loved them. The light weight makes them easy to handle and easy to clean.

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Old 04-19-2007, 04:53 PM   #4
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Yeah, I've used them (BBs). I hate using carboys for primary fermentors because they are too small and you can lose a lot of wort/must in blowout. And they are more difficult to clean.

Here is an image of what I mean.
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/viewP...81455283514194

I ferment in plastic pails. I cover them with plastic kitchen wrap. I've never had an infection doing this and my beers have no off flavors.

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Old 04-19-2007, 05:22 PM   #5
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This has been discussed ad nauseum and the general outcome is always the same; those who prefer glass, those who prefer buckets because they are cheap and easy to clean, those who believe Better-Bottles and the accessories are too expensive, those who claim the #7 water bottles are just as good, and those who absolutely love their Better-Bottles, and the list goes on.

To me, the bottom line is that no one can argue that glass carboys are safer than Better-Bottles, and no one can argue that HDPE plastic is better at what it does than PETE plastic. The only downside is that I wish they made a Better-Bottle that was larger than 6 gallons, but it is no big deal, I just have to occasionally contend with a large blowoff. Small price to pay, IMHO.

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Doug the owner of the LHBS on the southside of Atlanta "Just Brew It" sells rubber stoppers that fit better bottles. They are a lot cheaper (about $1) than the proprietary stuff that better bottles sell. then you can use any old air lock or put an elbow in the stopper and hose for a blowoff tube. He has the better bottles fittings if you'd rather spend the $. I pretty sure he'd ship. 770-719-0222.
And he will be closed for the month of May.

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Any #10 stopper will fit a Better-Bottle. I like the extremely expensive, proprietary Better-Bottle accessories myself.

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I use a carboy cap..simple. It works for blowoffs as you just throw a tube on one of the outlets. Although I've never had a fermentation so vigorous I had to worry about it yet.


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I use a carboy cap..simple. It works for blowoffs as you just throw a tube on one of the outlets. Although I've never had a fermentation so vigorous I had to worry about it yet.


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