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Old 03-04-2014, 08:58 PM   #21
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I use better bottles (I have 10 of them)...

I like being able to see when I am at low Krausen so I know to swap my blowoff tube for a normal 3-piece bubbler. But I can see why it isnt necessary.

As far as scratching, I soak my BBs in warm Oxyfree and rarely do I have anything left to clean. I use ~3 gallons and rotate when I notice its clean. If there is anything left, I put a clean sock (that I dont use as clothing) on the carboy brush and after a few strokes.... its gone.

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Old 03-04-2014, 09:10 PM   #22
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I'm not sure why people think buckets are easier to store. Just because you can nest them together doesn't mean you SHOULD. I've bought a lot of homebrewer equipment leftovers off craigslist, and any time there's a bucket included, they have it packed full of junk (caps, capper, ingredients, whatever). That bucket will never hold wort again, not for me.

So, in my brewery (garage/patio), buckets take up as much space as a betterbottle.

It's easy enough to see into a bucket by shining a flashlight through the top (to get a rough idea of where the krausen is at). Buckets are easier to clean too. And cheaper. And re-purposable if you decide to retire one.

But I still like to watch my beer fermenting Better bottle wins!

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Old 03-04-2014, 09:15 PM   #23
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I re-purposed an old,large printer stand as a fermentation stand/storage unit. I don't stack any buckets either,no scratches for mine. I like the 6 gallon BB I traded a member in WY a bunch of Cooper's PET bottles for. I oak the occassional beer,but that's about all I use it for. But I could do a 5G batch in it with a blow off when I can afford it.

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Old 03-05-2014, 05:10 AM   #24
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:26 AM   #25
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I have 5 glass carboys but I use them just to age wine and any longer term beer aging (my bourbon barrel porter is in one) However they never come out of the milk crate they are in unless they are empty and I'm cleaning them.

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