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Old 02-04-2013, 03:16 PM   #21
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Hey bulls you use a carboy brush on your better bottles? I thought that was a no no.

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #22
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I used glass carboys for years--7 gallons for primary, 5 or 6 gallons for secondary. Last year I got a Stout conical. I still lager in carboys (so I can keep my conical gainfully employed). And in 20 years of brewing, I have broken exactly one carboy (It cracked when I left it outside in winter filled with hot water. No one was hurt. I just felt stupid).

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:34 PM   #23
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Carboys are great for having an easily sealable opening. But they definitely suck for getting a FG sample.,. Long test tube I guess... That said I will still use them over buckets because you can see inside them for racking and in my opinion cleaning them isn't so bad. However I will be graduating to a plastic 15 gal conical soon

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:59 PM   #24
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Sankes. Never going to break or scratch.

I use a dolly to move it around, brute strength to pick it up, powered sump keg cleaner to make sure it is clean, rinse with once then star san, refill with wort.

I try to brew two batches within a week so I can run at least two sankes and a few corneys at the same time through the washing process.

If I choose to rack, which is rare I use glass.

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Old 02-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #25
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Carboys are great for having an easily sealable opening. But they definitely suck for getting a FG sample.,. Long test tube I guess... That said I will still use them over buckets because you can see inside them for racking and in my opinion cleaning them isn't so bad. However I will be graduating to a plastic 15 gal conical soon
Turkey baster. I have no trouble at all taking samples.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:13 PM   #26
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I use Buckets for Primary unless they are full and I have a carboy available. Both work well. Easier to clean a bucket imo.

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All glass - primary and secondary. I like being able to see what's happening + easy cleanup + less plastic in the mix.

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8 Gal Sanke for my 5 gallon batches, 16 Gal Sanke for my 10 gallon batches.

Remove the spear, and its a big stainless carboy.

I have yet to break one...

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Old 02-09-2013, 01:25 AM   #29
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I ferment everything in kegs these days. I usually brew 12 gal batches, and sometimes ferment the whole batch in a 1/2bbl sankey. More often though I split it between two 1/4bbl's or three sixtels/cornies, and pitch different yeasts, or use different hops for dry hopping,

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I ferment 10 gallon batches in plastic open top barrels with locking ring that i got off craigs list for $12 a piece they work great and the price is right

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