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Old 04-13-2011, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default Erlenmeyer Flask or Mason jar

Seriously, the 2000ML flask is effin $40 at my LHBS. Is there any detriment to just using a half gallon mason jar thats a fraction of the cost?



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No. The only advantage the flask gives the user is that it can be mixed with one hand during titration or mixing and the neck is thin so it can be easily clamped. None of which applies to homebrewing in general.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:56 AM   #3
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No. The only advantage the flask gives the user is that it can be mixed with one hand during titration or mixing and the neck is thin so it can be easily clamped. None of which applies to homebrewing in general.
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That, and my flask is boiled right on the stove (NOT the mason jar!) and then can go right into a ice water bath for chilling!
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That, and my flask is boiled right on the stove (NOT the mason jar!) and then can go right into a ice water bath for chilling!
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plus the flask has a large flat bottom which helps when using a stir-plate.

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ok.....so, i gather that the flask is worth the cost.........if i'm going to brew more than a couple more times in my life...........which i'm pretty sure i am. thats kinda what everyone's getting at, right?

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You might do a quick google search for 2000 ml erlenmeyer. They are half that cost online.

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You might do a quick google search for 2000 ml erlenmeyer. They are half that cost online.
yeah, but then add in tax and shipping and not much of a diff
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ebay + patience = $20 2L erlenmeyer flask...shipped

That's how I got mine since LHBS in good ole Texas requires a freakin DEA permit or some sh!t because of all the meth heads!

I tried using growlers, big mason jars, cider jugs, etc. Never found anything with a plat enough bottom to keep from throwing the stir bar either...only the flask worked on my stir plate.

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I use 1 gallon jugs/carboys, I have a 1000ml flask and prefer the extra volume the jug offers.



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