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Old 06-17-2013, 02:47 PM   #11
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I've had better bottles cram on the bottom as well with about a year if use. They aren't too expensive and replacing once per year isn't a bad idea anyway in case you have scratched it.

When cleaning, I used to fill them up, soak, and ten empty by picking up and pouring out. What I found is that this stresses the bottle too much and can weaken it. Now I only empty a full better bottle by siphoning.



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Old 06-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #12
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Thats pretty ridiculous since they put the dimple in the bottom. With 5+ gallons of liquid in it, what do they think its gonna do. its gonna move up and down, even with the use of a brew hauler or milk crate. Customer service prob gets sick of getting the complaints.



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Old 06-18-2013, 11:57 AM   #13
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You can do the same thing with a Better Bottle...
True. I just prefer glass. If one were to break, I'd get another.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #14
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After speaking to Better Bottle customer support, they do not recommend PBW for prolonged soaks. They say it weakens the plastic and can cause cracking.
That is odd. I've been cleaning mine with hot PBW soaks overnight without any issues. It is certainly possible though, but with how cheap they are relative to glass it's not a big deal to replace them every other year. NorthernBrewer has been having BOGO sales for Better Bottles every six months or so.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #15
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I've been toying with the idea of having my glass carboys sprayed with Line-X (outside only) with a visibility stripe a couple inches wide down one side. It wouldn't cost that much and would be insurance against accidents or the occasional kid snafu not to mention make it a bit more resistant to accidental breakage due to slight jolts or bumps while moving it around. I've been searching around the forums to see if anyone has ever done something along those lines. I was thinking a modest coat of dark color to allow cracks to be easily visible would be the way to go and with a good solid visible line it would still allow me to see what's going on in there (yes, I'm aware the plastic bottles do this too).

Anyone not familiar with Line-X... it's a spray on plastic/rubber coating most frequently applied to bedliners but you can obliterate a cinder block for example with it coating it and the Cinder block will keep it's form and stay in one piece.

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True. I just prefer glass. If one were to break, I'd get another.
Hopefully if you break one and buy another there is not a trip to the emergency room in between.

For me #1 = way to dangerous and close behind at #2 = way too heavy.

I have been using my first Better Bottle for 2 years now and have gotten another 2. about 36 batches in them so the first one probably has done at least a dozen brews. I expect these three will last many more years. Maybe even outlast me.
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That is odd. I've been cleaning mine with hot PBW soaks overnight without any issues. It is certainly possible though, but with how cheap they are relative to glass it's not a big deal to replace them every other year. NorthernBrewer has been having BOGO sales for Better Bottles every six months or so.
I wonder if some of these problems, if really related to cleaners, is due to the often reported over concentrated solutions. I have read posts where Oxyclean users complain of residue then state that they use one cup or more in five gallons. I use about 1/3 scoop and it works fine. Maybe 1/4 cup.

I got my second and third 6 gallon BB's using the BOGO.
When I need to replace or add more I hope they continue this practice.
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I wonder if some of these problems, if really related to cleaners, is due to the often reported over concentrated solutions. I have read posts where Oxyclean users complain of residue then state that they use one cup or more in five gallons. I use about 1/3 scoop and it works fine. Maybe 1/4 cup.

I got my second and third 6 gallon BB's using the BOGO.
When I need to replace or add more I hope they continue this practice.
I suspect that you're right, and that over-concentration is more of a problem than the cleaning solution itself.
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Hopefully if you break one and buy another there is not a trip to the emergency room in between.

For me #1 = way to dangerous and close behind at #2 = way too heavy.

I have been using my first Better Bottle for 2 years now and have gotten another 2. about 36 batches in them so the first one probably has done at least a dozen brews. I expect these three will last many more years. Maybe even outlast me.
Emergency room? Wow, that's stretching it a bit. Sorry, not giving up the glass carboys for the off chance it breaks and I am right there. Point noted. Heavy, perhaps. I have Brew Haulers for all of my carboys and use em even when empty.
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Emergency room? Wow, that's stretching it a bit.
Not really, search the forum a bit. You'll find multiple reports of ER visits due to glass carboys.


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