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Old 08-29-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default plastic bucket vs glass carboy

i KNOW this must have been discussed before...in fact i think i may have read a thread covering the subject, but after much searching i can't find the answers i want.

right now i only have 1 fermenting bucket. for my next batch, i thought i'd try getting a secondary fermenter. what advantage does a glass carboy have over a plastic bucket??? and if i end up with my original plastic bucket and a glass carboy, which should be my primary and which my secondary?? any help and explanations is greatly appreciated!!!

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Old 08-29-2006, 05:50 PM   #2
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I have a plastic bucket I use as a primary and a glass carboy that I use for secondary. If you get a glass carboy for a secondary, it needs to be a 5 or 5.5 gallon one. If you get it for primary, it needs to be a 6.5 gallon one. A 6.5 gallon one can be used for secondary, but some say that there is too much head space which can cause oxidation of your beer.

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Bucket for primary, carboy for secondary. That way, you can use the bucket for priming & bottling.

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I use a bucket for the primary (easier to clean) and one of the plastic Better Bottles for the clearing tank/secondary. My Better Bottle has a spigot, so I bottle/keg straight from there!

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Bucket for primary, carboy for secondary. That way, you can use the bucket for priming & bottling.
i have a bottling bucket with a spigot as well.

so its just a fact that glass carboys > plastic buckets?
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I have a plastic bucket I use as a primary and a glass carboy that I use for secondary. If you get a glass carboy for a secondary, it needs to be a 5 or 5.5 gallon one. If you get it for primary, it needs to be a 6.5 gallon one. A 6.5 gallon one can be used for secondary, but some say that there is too much head space which can cause oxidation of your beer.
I use a 5- gallon carboy as a primary quite a bit. I only have one 6.5 gallon carboy, so I use both for primaries when I make a ten-gallon batch (like this weekend, if I'm not working.....) Just put on a blowoff tube, and no worries.
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