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Old 02-26-2006, 01:45 PM   #1
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Hey Y'all,

I was wondering who among you uses a carboy for a primary instead of the "white plastic bucket".

My work involves some travel and sometimes for extended periods, and those periods are usually a surprise. So I was thinking about having the brew in the carboy with an airlock at the beginning incase I was gone for a very long time. I would still rack when I wasn't traveling , but I was thinking about this so I wouldn't lose a brew to the dreaded OXYGEN MONSTER!!!!

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Old 02-26-2006, 01:50 PM   #2
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I think that more people here use carboys than buckets, but I could be wrong about that. In any case a lot of us do use carboys, and yes if there's a chance that you could suddenly be called away for a few weeks, then a carboy would be better than a bucket, IMHO.



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Old 02-26-2006, 03:43 PM   #3
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Other than If you have to leave it, what would you gain dumping the Bucket?

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I don't know about everyone else and I don't want to open a can of worms, but I use 'Glass 6.5 gal carboys for everything, that includes primary and secondary fermentation. they are easier to sanitize ( no scratches)
and they are clear so I can see what's happening.
I never could see a reason for plastic buckets, Carboys don't cost that much. If you use an oxy cleaner between fermentations they are pretty easy to clean. At least that is my opinion.

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Old 02-26-2006, 04:16 PM   #5
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I use both a plastic bucket as well as a glass carboy for primaries and in defence of the poor old bucket I love the spigot! I find it much more easy to rack using the spigot rather than the auto-siphon.

To be honest the one thing I hate sanitizing the most is the racking cane!

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So I'm tasting a beer, and I go, "hmm.. plastic primary, glass carboy for a secondary, about 1997 or so, perhaps summer 1998..."
Just make the beer...
I use a white bucket for primary, and a glass carboy for secondary, then flip tops for bottling. I see no huge difference either way.

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I bought a wallpaper soaking tray, it's plastic and just about the correct size for sanitizing my racking canes and whatever won't fit handy in a bucket.
Holds about two gallons of sanitizing solution.

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I myself use 6.5 gallon carboys for my primary, and 5 gallon carboys for my secondarys. Why? My choice only.

Each has their advantages and disadvantages...

Plastic - Can scratch easy, must be cleaned and stored carfully. Can absorb wort and become stained. Lid must be almost fully opened for inspection and gravity readings. But, can be stacked easy for storage with a towel between each bucket, light weight, and blocks light. And they bounce if dropped.

Glass - Heavy, can be hard to handle and will break if dropped. Light gets in, and must be covered. But, absorbs nothing, easy to clean, and you can easily inspect the progress and take gravity readings.

It comes down to personal choice and usage.

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I stopped using my plastic buckets a few years ago. There is nothing wrong with plastic fermenters but mine were all scratched up so I started buying carboys to replace them. I don't worry about the carboys so much and I find them easier to clean. (Except getting the gunk off of the top from the Kraeusen.)
I always use a 1" blow-off tube to avoid problems of fermenting beer clogging the air-lock.

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Thanks for the tip Snaproll - I'll give that a go because that is exactly why I hate sanatizing them - I have nothing that canes fit in.


And radarbrew - I couldn't stop laughing at your post!



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