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Old 06-18-2010, 09:17 PM   #21
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The point is that I should use the same equipment as the professionals? You lost me there, man, I'm an amateur, and proud of it.....and I'm certainly not worried about it.
the point is that professionals use glass. wait, no. the point is "i'm right, and everyone else is wrong despite evidence to the contrary"

the plastic v glass debate really needs to die already.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:19 PM   #22
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The point is that I should use the same equipment as the professionals? You lost me there, man, I'm an amateur, and proud of it.....and I'm certainly not worried about it.
I've been to quite a few micro breweries in the detroit area that do small batches of special beers in Ale Pales sitting next to their SS BBl systems. Same with wines in some of those places. They don't seem to have a problem with using buckets.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:37 PM   #23
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Plastic is easy to handle, move when full and replace, but it scratches and stains. Glass is easy to clean, doesn't scratch, but is much more of a pain to move when full and is more expensive to replace. You just pick what works for you.

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Use glass for higher gravity brews or anything that'll be sitting for a while. It's better for longer storage. Besides that, there are no noticeable differences. I say stick with the cheaper and easier to clean, but have a glass carboy handy if you plan on doing anything that'll sit for a while.

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That's not the point. Obviously a new plastic container properly sanitized
will give you good beer. But there's a reason the professionals don't use
it: eventually it becomes fouled. So if you want you can use plastic
until you blow a batch from contamination (or maybe more than one if
you try to get rid of the infection and you can't instead of getting a new
bucket) or you can just use glass to begin with and never worry about it.

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Ok?

Could someone please tell me when my fermenters are going to suddenly go bad? Is it on batch 125? Please say no! That's the batch I'm doing this weekend. I don't want it to be ruined because I'm using plastic.

As long as you take proper care of the container and you sanitize correctly it doesn't matter what you use.


BTW the only two batches I've ever had infected out of that 124 batches done so far were both done in glass.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:16 PM   #26
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Plastic is easy to handle, move when full and replace, but it scratches and stains. Glass is easy to clean, doesn't scratch, but is much more of a pain to move when full and is more expensive to replace. You just pick what works for you.
And there you have it.
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Could someone please tell me when my fermenters are going to suddenly go bad? Is it on batch 125? Please say no! That's the batch I'm doing this weekend. I don't want it to be ruined because I'm using plastic.
Then brew away sir, because today is your lucky day. Batch 126 is the danger zone!
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i dislike carboys because they are not graduated and they let more uv in.

however, those issues are very minor and when used as a seconday with cardboard do not exist.

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the point is that professionals use glass.
The point is: a material that does not lend itself to easy contamination
is a better choice in the long run. Homebrewers can use glass or metal
fermenters. As I said, plastic is fine initially but eventually it becomes
contaminated, despite the anecdotal evidence posted here to the contrary.

I can only assume the extreme hostility to the idea that plastic is not that
great comes from people with an interest in selling beginners kits with
plastic buckets.

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The point is: a material that does not lend itself to easy contamination
is a better choice in the long run. Homebrewers can use glass or metal
fermenters. As I said, plastic is fine initially but eventually it becomes
contaminated, despite the anecdotal evidence posted here to the contrary.

I can only assume the extreme hostility to the idea that plastic is not that
great comes from people with an interest in selling beginners kits with
plastic buckets.

Ray
if you buy me a glass/ss replacement for all my plastic buckets, i'll join the glass is great team. now thats: 1-6.5gal, 1-4gal, 1-3gal, and 2-2.5 gal.
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