Originally Posted by bullinachinashop
I got into this craft for a lot of reasons and cost was one of them.
That being said and after brewing for a while, I would never compromise on something that could affect the taste or shelf life of a product that I personally put forth so much effort into.
As jalgayer stated above, the price difference between the two is small.
So, do you want to take a chance?
Better Bottles are a rip off, IMO. You're just paying for a brand. The same type of plastic used in Better Bottles (PET) is also used in the 5-gallon water jugs. Just go to your local supermarket, flip some bottles over and look for a "1" inside a triangle. That means its PET. I just bought two 5 gallon PET bottles filled with generic spring water for $6 each! There is no difference in the type of plastic and the bottles seem very durable. They have a handle on the side so it will be easier to move than a better bottle. The handles are solid, so I won't have to worry about cleaning out the hollow handles that a lot of these bottles have. It seems ridiculous to spend $30 (plus more for shipping) for a 5-gal empty PET bottle that says "Better Bottle," when you can save 4/5 of that money and get a 5-gal PET bottle that is filled with some nice spring water that you can use for your wort. Its 1/5 the price (not including the shipping costs), so saying that the price difference is small is inaccurate to me, especially considering that I got 5 gallons of spring water with each of my bottles. I only minored in chemistry, but I really don't see any important difference between the bottles.