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Old 01-04-2008, 10:23 PM   #11
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As I gaze at the scars on my shins and right hand, I can, from experience, tell you Better Bottles are the way to go. The stupid thing was when I shattered the trub filled Carboy I was completely sober, and it hurt like hell having to sanitize the slurry filled cuts.

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Will not hold negative pressure which is important if you use a Wort Wizard
There is a simple work around to this, the bottles will squeeze in but releasing the pressure is easy and generally needs to be done 2-3 times for 5 gallons (So you can't walk away from it, but it is only a minor inconvenience)

Note: I still use glass for lagering
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:46 PM   #12
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one more plus is that if you leave your carboys filled with oxyclean on the porch over a long weekend when you leave town and the weather unexpectedly drops well below freezing, you don't destroy your carboys.

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:34 PM   #13
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the bottles will squeeze in but releasing the pressure is easy and generally needs to be done 2-3 times for 5 gallons (So you can't walk away from it, but it is only a minor inconvenience)
Budbo, what exactly do you mean by this? I am not familiar with a wort wizard.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:46 PM   #14
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I vote better bottles all the way simply for safety. When I first got into this hobby that was my primary reason for choosing BB's and I can honestly say each brew day that I feel safer because of my choice.

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #15
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I use better bottles.

Here is a collection of carboy breakage horror stories that I collected over a lunch break from the major forums. Some food for thought!

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:53 PM   #16
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Budbo, what exactly do you mean by this? I am not familiar with a wort wizard.
http://www.wortwizard.com/
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:58 PM   #17
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I use better bottles.

Here is a collection of carboy breakage horror stories that I collected over a lunch break from the major forums. Some food for thought!
Great reference point! Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:04 AM   #18
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Latest order (due in today) has three better bottles in it
And they're here.



And looking sadly empty.

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Old 01-05-2008, 12:07 AM   #19
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I have over 20 glass carboys. I've never experienced a cracked or broken one yet. I also carry them in milk crates.

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Old 01-05-2008, 12:20 AM   #20
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I broke two glass carboys before I decided to switch to better bottles. I decided that never bleeding and swearing while cleaning up a billion shards of glass would totally make up for any of the better bottle's possible shortcomes. If you're not as clumsy/drunk as me, I think you'll be happy with either.

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