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Old 01-07-2013, 01:32 AM   #1
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Default Speidel or Better Bottle?

Last night I blew up my first carboy trying to starsan the inside. Scared the... you know what out of me. I immediately looked at my hands for cuts, but I lucked out. So, now I'm refusing to buy a glass carboy to replace my 6.5. I've looked at the Speidels today and the better bottles and trying to decide which way to go... If Speidel was in stock I would probably order. Not much more that the glass carboy was; in my case this is purchasing another, so its cheaper. I know the argument on plastic buckets, but for some reason I just don't care for that option. Any other suggestions?

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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I use both plastic buckets and better bottles. They both produce the same beer imho. The only difference is I can clean the bucket a bit faster.

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:52 AM   #3
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I have 3 Speidels and 4 Better Bottles. While I like the Better Bottles, I am a huge fan of the Speidels. They are a breeze to clean. The air lock that comes with the Speidels is huge and will reduce if not eliminate the need for a blow off tube for even the most vigorous fermentations. The spigot is optional. If you don't want it, you can screw on the included cap instead. The cap also fits the top of fermenter so that you can seal it up if you want to wait to pitch your yeast or need to transport it. The Speidels have 2 handles that make carrying it around easy. The opening at the top of the 30L is approximately 5 inches and give you ample room to clean the inside. I have 2 30L and one 60L.

The Better Bottles are inexpensive and you don't have to worry about shattering them if you drop them. They can be a pain to clean if you have a thick krausen. A hot Oxyclean soak is sometimes sufficient to get all of the dried krausen off but there have been several occasions where it did not do the trick and I had to use a brush covered with a towel to clean up the krausen.

I would recommend the Speidels. They are great and very easy to use.

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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HUGE fan of the Speidels here. I just used my 30L yesterday for the first time. I'm a previous user of glass carboy and plastic buckets. While there isn't anything profoundly superior about them, you just instantly love it the first time you use it.

-lightweight
-has handles for carrying
-large opening to clean
-optional use spigot
-over sized airlock won't clog
-volume ranges are perfect for 5/10gal homebrew batches with headspace to eliminate need for blowoffs.
-small size (for my 30L ~8gal, it's compact, not too tall or wide)
-cost (yes more expensive 6.5 gal bucket but try to find an 8Gal bucket)

Probably the best part for me is it's all designed to work together. After many years of homebrewing and DIY it's nice every once in a while to use something that's components were designed as one.

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The biggest problem with the Speidels is finding them in stock anywhere :-(

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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-cost (yes more expensive 6.5 gal bucket but try to find an 8Gal bucket)
There are bigger buckets made for fermentation out there. Most wine buckets are 7.5-8 gallons. Here is an 8 gallon one sold for winemaking for $17.50:

http://www.winemakersdepot.com/8-Gal...-Lid-P264.aspx

Here is the brewcraft one with lid (8 gallons) for $32 from amazon.

There are also 7.9 gallon buckets for fermentation... see this one:
http://labelpeelers.com/fermenting-b...ievv8iukhbkao5

and googling for wine fermentation buckets will also show you some 12 gallon models.

I can't comment on the speidels. But it is possible to acquire the same or similar volume for fermentation for much less than the speidel.
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Yes, there are being imported from Germany by MoreBeer only that I'm aware of. They're not being pushed to the US market by a distributor so it's hard to get. What little paperwork there is not in english.

I definitely recommend signing up to be notified when in stock on the MoreBeer product page and be prepared to buy as soon as it's available.

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Yes, there are being imported from Germany by MoreBeer only that I'm aware of. They're not being pushed to the US market by a distributor so it's hard to get. What little paperwork there is not in english.

I definitely recommend signing up to be notified when in stock on the MoreBeer product page and be prepared to buy as soon as it's available.
Not if I beat you to it!

But seriously, I am DYING for Speidel to come back in stock. I neeeeeed one!
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I used my 60L over the weekend for my first 10 gallon batch of Irish Red. I will be ordering more when they come back into stock.

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Back in stock

http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2013/03...s-back-in.html

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