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Old 10-08-2007, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Spigot in a glass carboy

Has anyone out there put a spigot in a glass carboy? The only thing I see as a problem is getting a nut on the inside but is there anything made that will expand when tightened from the outside similar to how a molly bolt works? Or maybe a rubber grommet that a spigot threads into. How would you cut the hole?

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Old 10-08-2007, 08:05 PM   #2
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Just get a better bottle with a spigot.

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Old 10-08-2007, 08:07 PM   #3
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I would never, ever, ever dare cut a hole in a glass carboy; they don't strike me as being terribly robust, you know? You'd likely destroy the structural integrity of it. If it didn't shatter when you drilled it, I'd be worried it wouldn't take the pressure of five gallons of beer.

Get yourself a Better Bottle - lightweight, safe, sanitary, negligible O2 permeability, and some people swear by the (somewhat expensive) racking arms that you buy as an accessory item.

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I'm trying to stay away from plastic. Is the better bottle a higher grade plastic than those ale pale buckets?

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Don't get all EAC on buckets. Many of us LOVE the convenience and low cost of the bucket (which is completely food grade AND opaque).

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Yeah, absolutely, it's PETE. They're absolutely fine for most fermenation. I'd hesitate to use them on something I was going to age for a year, but they'd probably still be fine. I've seen the O2 numbers, there's a link around somewhere that talks about this issue in some details. Personally, I still use glass for secondaries, but that's just because I already own carboys - I won't buy another. I use both Better Bottles and regular old Ale Pails for primary.

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Just racked for the first time from my new better bottles.. wow is this thing easy to clean! I will not go back to glass..

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Yeah, absolutely, it's PETE. They're absolutely fine for most fermenation. I'd hesitate to use them on something I was going to age for a year, but they'd probably still be fine. I've seen the O2 numbers, there's a link around somewhere that talks about this issue in some details. Personally, I still use glass for secondaries, but that's just because I already own carboys - I won't buy another. I use both Better Bottles and regular old Ale Pails for primary.
I just kegged a Guiness clone that aged in an "ale pail" for 8 mo. Tastes great, and as soon as the fizz is done, i'll be a mellow dude....... Glass, plastic, better plastic, just keep her clean and scrach free........
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oxiclean is the key to scratch free plastic. Keep the brush away from it.

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Old 10-11-2007, 12:04 AM   #10
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You can drill glass but you need a diamond coated bit which cost more than a glass carboy. Also the glass can not be tempered or it will shatter. I dont know if the glass from 5 gallon bottles is tempered or not.

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