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Old 09-17-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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I know that glass carboys are everyone's favorite for secondary fermentation, but is there any problem with doing so in a separate plastic bucket? I can't see there being any greater threat of contamination in this process if i'm not going to keep it in the bucket for more than a week or two.

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Plastic is fine to use to secondary, especially better bottles, they're perfect carboy for secondarying in. The old "glass is better than plastic" argument has long been shot down.It was never very truthful anyway, more like marketing propaganda from the glass carboy industry...Modern plastics are fine to use.

Use what you want, beer does it's own thing regardless of where you put it. It doesn't really care.

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The reason carboys are preferred are because they have a very narrow neck and so not much headspace. Buckets are quite wide, so they have a very big opening and so a lot of headspace.

For a week or two, it probably won't do much harm. But I'd be inclined to leave it in primary, rather than racking to another bucket.

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Though I'm hoping for *Better Bottle*s for Christmas, I use plastic ferment buckets. Have for years. I secondary everything, though that has fallen out of fashion with others here. And secondary is always in an available bucket. I use those with a bottling spigot on the bottom, as life is easier all around...

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The reason carboys are preferred are because they have a very narrow neck and so not much headspace. Buckets are quite wide, so they have a very big opening and so a lot of headspace.

For a week or two, it probably won't do much harm. But I'd be inclined to leave it in primary, rather than racking to another bucket.
I so love that I learn from y'all every day. Great point, Yooper, and thank you for the info. I sometimes fail to grasp the larger view. So better bottles would be an even better investment. Mmm. Another excuse...
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Thanks for the feedback. Very useful. What are the disadvantages to using a plastic fermenter with spigot as a secondary fermenter? At first glance it seems like this would be the best choice for convenience but I am wondering if there are some complications as far as sediment left over from things such as dry hopping and adding ingredients (as one might do in secondary fermentation). Since I am using the spigot to bottle, I would get a lot of "stuff" in my bottles right? You're welcome to tell me that this is a dumb question...

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No dumb question. The spigot sits high enough that rarely I ever do I bottle any detritus. It'll leave all the settled hops and accumulated trub, and a thin film of beer, and little else on bottom.

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