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Old 12-03-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
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I've been trying to decide whether to get a glass carboy or a better bottle. BBs seem so much better because they won't break if you drop them and aren't as heavy. Is there any real advantage in going glass?

Is getting a ported Better Bottle with the extra $44 you'd spend on getting the racking adapter w/ highflow valve?

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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See here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/vs-p...alysis-109318/

I personally like Better Bottles, if only because they save me a trip to the emergency room. That being said, you could conceivably keep that glass carboy to pass down to your great-grandchildren when they start brewing.

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Old 12-04-2009, 12:28 AM   #3
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Lots of pros and cons on this subject. I am a glass man always have been always will be. But I did buy a BB in a 3 gallon to so what the other side is like for my meads. So far so I like the light weight, so I will report back later as see how things go.

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Love glass but I gave up on hauling a 6.5 gal carboy up and down 3 flight of stairs due to the weight. Also found glass much more difficult to turn upside down and hold steady when cleaning the inside with a blast of water to get the oxy residue out. Never had one shatter on me (thank God) so that was not a factor in my switching.

I primary in the 6 gal BB and secondary in the 5 gal BB. they clean up easily with oxy and I have not had any residual deposits. I think that the ported BB's are overpriced once you add the racking and the blow off adapters so I have the unported BB's.

Don't like the fact that the BB is only good up to 140' F but you just need to keep that in mind when washing them I guess. In the long term BB needs to come out with a higher temp model or there is a market for another individual/company out there. Have not dented a BB yet but that is also something that is disconcerting - the plastic should be strong enough not to dent, and should pop right back out no? BB's are the best situation for me at present but there is room for improvement. Montanaandy

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Old 12-04-2009, 01:40 AM   #5
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I gave away my glass carboy, too heavy and did not like the near miss with that slippery bottle. Prefer the BB although I only use it for Apflewein at this point. Much prefer using Corny kegs for fermentation.

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Old 12-04-2009, 05:53 AM   #6
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Glass all the way.

I always transport (handle) them in a milk crate.

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Old 12-04-2009, 08:10 AM   #7
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I have both,and an ale pail... dont really have an opinion. I did get lucky one of the water stores was using 6 gallon bottles for a while and every time I went I would trade my 5 gallon for a 6 gallon and kept the six gallon bottles and it cost me 6.99. They wonder why I dont have a trade in now, but they stopped carrying the 6 gal.

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I would check the plastic number on those water bottles....

not all plastic is created equal and it may be allowing oxygen into your beer (Better bottles are not penetrated by oxygen - but something with a #7 Other on the bottom might be!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_i...of_resin_codes and then look up the type of plastic it is for penetration data.

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I would check the plastic number on those water bottles....

not all plastic is created equal and it may be allowing oxygen into your beer (Better bottles are not penetrated by oxygen - but something with a #7 Other on the bottom might be!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_i...of_resin_codes and then look up the type of plastic it is for penetration data.
I never even gave that a second thought, guess I will have to look in to that. Thanks
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my favorite drawback of the BB is scratching. with glass unless your using a diamond tipped brush your not going to scratch it. if you scratch a BB you might as well take it down to the recycling center and buy a new one.

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