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Old 08-27-2008, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default Fermenting in plastic bucket or better bottle?

Hey everyone,

Are there any advantages to using a food grade plastic bucket over a carboy other than the fact that it protects from light damage.

Any reason why someone would prefer fermenting in a carboy rather than a pail?

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:40 AM   #2
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If you ferment in a pail, and you leave the lid on the darn thing...it will keep you from making stupid "IS MY BEER RUINED?" Threads. You can't see what's going on...which is pretty entertaining, and part of the fun of glass!

I ferment in buckets cause they are very easy to clean....and i have 4 or 5 of them.

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I used buckets for several batches then started buying Better Bottles. I like plastic because I am clumsy. Better Bottles Bounce!
I like to watch the yeast do its thing and the Better Bottles allow me to see it all happen. Plus, the stoppers seem to seal much better than the bucket lids, so I can get a better feel for how much activity is still going on by the airlock bubbles.

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I used buckets a lot but then I landed some glass carboys and started mixing those in. Once I picked up a BB I'm sold on them over glass.

As for your queston, I use what one I have open and clean at the time.

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I used buckets a lot but then I landed some glass carboys and started mixing those in. Once I picked up a BB I'm sold on them over glass.

As for your queston, I use what one I have open and clean at the time.
+1 on all of the above

I am down sizing on my glass carboys. BB all the way.
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So its a matter of taste!

Thanks for your input!

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Plastic pails are cheaper. If they weren't, fewer people would use them.

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Ale Pail hasnt failed me yet.

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Plastic pails are cheaper. If they weren't, fewer people would use them.
They are cheap and fast to clean. the carboys you need to let soak for a few days to clean them. If you want cheap and easy, the bucket is the way to go.
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They are cheap and fast to clean. the carboys you need to let soak for a few days to clean them. If you want cheap and easy, the bucket is the way to go.
A carboy brush works just fine. No need to soak (though we do occasionally soak them, more out of laziness than anything else!).
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