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Old 03-10-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default Carboys plastic vs glass

Which is better? I know glass will let less O2 in and will probably sanitize easier but dropping $60 on 2 3 gal carboys? The plastic carboys would be around $40 but will it make a difference in the way my cider turns out?

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Old 03-10-2011, 02:58 AM   #2
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Go plastic, if you arent going to be aging for years, eff the glass. There are glass people here that swear it is the holy trinity and then some, but PET is just as good IMO.

FWIW, BMW has some awesome smooth sided 6 gallon PET garboys for ~$26 I recommend them, they are thicker than BB's, and have faint graduation marks if that makes a difference to you, they are recycle #1 as well.

Anyhow, glass is great for ease of cleaning and sanitation, but it is heavy as all jeebus, and IMO a safety hazard, if it breaks you could be in for a trip to the ER if you don't bleed out first. Most have no issues w/glass, but it is sensitive to impact and heat, so that is why I choose plastic, YMMV.

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Old 03-10-2011, 02:58 AM   #3
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i have both a 5g better bottle, and a 6.5g glass. i'd pay double for another glass than another better bottle. my better bottle (might be something wrong with it) oxidizes beer in about a month. the glass carboy can be ok forever

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There are pros and cons to each... and you'll find several convincing arguments on this site that promote each

How long will you be holding your cider in the carboy? In my opinion, oxygen permeation isn't really an issue if you're not storing for too long...

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I don't plan on keeping the cider in the primary for more than a month or two and then the secondary for about the same. I just don't want the plastic to hold the flavors from the previous batch.

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I don't plan on keeping the cider in the primary for more than a month or two and then the secondary for about the same. I just don't want the plastic to hold the flavors from the previous batch.
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Thanks for the advice. SWMBO is giving me a look that says dang more stuff.

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I've kept wine in a plastic carboy for months aging no problems . Plastic does have bigger pores than glass but they're not big enough to oxidize I do nt think

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I recommend glass head over heels.

Glass is the superior product, period - even you discount the whole debate on oxidation it is still superior.

Easier to clean, longer lasting (lasts a lifetime), doesn't scratch, the list goes on.

If you can't lift an empty glass carboy, not drop it on the floor, etc. you probably shouldn't be brewing or making cider.

Take your time and buy good long lasting equipment. Either go cheap (HD bucket style), or glass. There is no reason to even consider PET bottles. Why would you pay over half the price of glass for a glorified HD bucket in the chape of a carboy?!

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Old 03-10-2011, 04:46 PM   #10
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I get your point the only thing with the bucket is you can't see what's happening I guess it's kinda a newbie thing but I thinks it's cool. We will see thanks

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