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Old 12-10-2010, 04:35 AM   #1
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I'm going to place another order for some equipment and I see that people some times use Better Bottles. Do any of you? Are there advantages to these? If so, what are they and how do they compare to glass carboys?

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Old 12-10-2010, 05:13 AM   #2
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Safer, cheaper, lighter than glass. The only thing I don't like vs glass is the wide mouth. I have to stick a rag in the top when racking to keep the siphon from moving around and stirring up truble.

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Old 12-10-2010, 10:44 AM   #3
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The glass is stronger, doesn't scratch as easy, and stays transparent. I wouldn't consider any thing else.

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Old 12-10-2010, 12:02 PM   #4
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better bottle also has suck back when you lift them. I ferment in cornies. To each their own! For every advantage one fermenter has it also has a disadvantage. Choose whichever one suits you best. There is no correct way, only what is correct for you.

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I've been using them since I switched from buckets years ago. Light and won't slice your hand off if it breaks.

I carry mine in a milk crate to prevent the suckback from the airlock. I also use the orange carboy caps with 1/2" vinyl tubing for blowoff and never have any issues.

To clean them, I just soak them with warm Oxyclean ( and usually forget about it for a few days ), rinse and done.

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I've never used a glass carboy. For my first brew, I used the bucket, but didn't like the fact that I couldn't see what was happening. My second brew I switched to a Better Bottle, and I've never looked back! I now have two 5 gallon and one 6 gallon Better Bottles. To deal with the "suck-back" when you pick up a full one, I simply remove the airlock AND drilled stopper, and put a solid stopper in while I move the bottle. That's almost always at bottling time.

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Old 12-10-2010, 02:36 PM   #7
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The glass is stronger, doesn't scratch as easy, and stays transparent. I wouldn't consider any thing else.
Do me a favor: take a glass carboy in one hand, a BB in the other, hold them 3 feet over a concrete floor and dropo them. Then get back to us about stronger.
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Thanks for the comparsion. I have been thinking about getting a BetterBottle because the glass ones are so heavy and I have arthritis pretty bad. I only have 2.5 gallon & 3 gallon glass carboys, but the are heavy and very slippery when wet. My only question is will they discolour over age and with use?
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I haven't seen any discoloration yet and have at least 20 batches on one of them. I don't know what affect iodophor will have though since I'm using Star San.

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Do me a favor: take a glass carboy in one hand, a BB in the other, hold them 3 feet over a concrete floor and dropo them. Then get back to us about stronger.
Then why does everybody say not to use a vacuum pump on the plastic ones?
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