Originally Posted by rossi46
I started with glass carboys, when I switched to 11 gallon batches, I started using a sanke keg. I still use my carboys if I'm doing a 5.5 gallon batch. If you get a 1/4 barrel you could do 5-6 gallon batches in it.
Care to elaborate? I got those crappy dog food bins, and are near impossible to rinse and clean below the collar. Impossible to move when full as well. Sankes sound intriguing.
Down side to SS is that cannot see the beer level, or what's going on inside, weight and cost.
Glass fragile, cleaning challenges when used as primary especially, but easily overcome with patience.
Plastic "better bottle" or bucket fermentators can scratch.
Infection can happen. I've only had one and it happened while in the kegerator from probable pediococcus colonization and improper sanitation of the kegerator I assume. Under pitching combined with poor sanitation is probably one of the biggest unappreciated sources of infection in my opinion.
I wouldn't immediately run to buy new fermentation vessels from having a single infected batch. I might consider replacing any vessel with deep scratches, or give it a good old bleach soak and scrub. I use only the soft nylon scrubbers on my SS and plastic vessels to avoid scratching. Kettles I will scrub outside with more abrasive materials as necessary.