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Old 04-10-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default Glass carboy vs. plastic bucket

I have both that were in the starter kit that I bought. Which do you guys prefer as your primary? Currently I'm using the carboy for my primary and in 3 weeks ill bottle.

What are yalls guys thoughts?

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:41 PM   #2
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Well in kits like that they give you the bucket for primary and carboy for a secondary. Either use the bucket first and transfer, or leave it alone for the full time, or just use the carboy. I only use carboys personally. Seems more securely sealed to me.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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Depnds on the size. If you're doing a 5 gallon batch... you need to use whichever is larger of the 2. Normally you get a 6 or 6.5 gallon primary, and a 5 gallon secondary.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:45 PM   #4
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The bucket's probably for bottling. I personally prefer plastic buckets for primaries.

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I prefer plastic buckets, too. They are much easier to move around if needed. A 6.5 gallon carboy full of liquid is pretty heavy.

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Buckets for sure... that and a conical fermenter. Having several buckets each of 5, 6.5, and 7.5 gal with spigots and dip tubes makes for some easy fermenting, sampling, and transferring. Think I siphoned one batch several years ago from a carboy, that was enough for me. Cool though for those who like using them....

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Old 04-10-2013, 11:03 PM   #7
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I bought my starter kit from Austin homebrew with a 6.5 gallon glass carboy. After a few brewdays, and reading a few threads I decided to give Better bottles a try. I got the better bottles in a few days ago, but I've already decided to "retire" the glass carboy. I also plan on picking up a few Spiedel fermenters, after seeing all of the good reviews they've garnished.

The glass cleans very easily (not sure how easy the BB clean up). But for that trade-off, there are several aspects I don't like. For one, it weighs a crap ton (technical measurement), and it's much more fragile. they are also more expensive than the BB.

I know there are a ton of threads already on the BB vs carboy vs bucket debate. I would say go with what saves you the most trouble, and what you're most comfortable with. I spent some time going through carboy accident threads, and know I'm not comfortable with the possibility of it breaking and causing me to get stitches. It may be only a slight chance, but it's not a risk that's worth it to me.

I'm retiring the glass beast to the bedroom closet where it will be on apfelwein duty permanently.

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I know there are a ton of threads already on the BB vs carboy vs bucket debate. I would say go with what saves you the most trouble, and what you're most comfortable with.
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I've got all 3.... and others, Buckets I use for beers I dry hop and additions, glass carboys for primary's longer than 2 months and better bottles for everything else I recently purchased an 8 gal food grade container that I primary 7 gal batches in and I'm picking up a 13 gal one, going to do a 11.5 gal batch in that. Get yourself a bottling bucket and use the other 2 for primary's so you can have 2 batches going at once!!
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I'm a nube too, brewing my 4th batch this weekend. My first batch was with a bucket for my primary. Due to the inability to see the fermentation, I bought a 6.5 gallon glass carboy to replace it. I also transfer to a 5 gallon glass carboy for my secondary.

You said that your using your 5 gallon as a primary? While it's okay to do this, your yield will be low. You have the trub on the bottom which is waste...so you'll be bottling closer to 4 gallons.

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I'm a nube too, brewing my 4th batch this weekend. My first batch was with a bucket for my primary. Due to the inability to see the fermentation, I bought a 6.5 gallon glass carboy to replace it. I also transfer to a 5 gallon glass carboy for my secondary.

You said that your using your 5 gallon as a primary? While it's okay to do this, your yield will be low. You have the trub on the bottom which is waste...so you'll be bottling closer to 4 gallons.
Most people don't bother with secondary there is like a gazillion posts on that.... just primary 3-4 weeks and your golden.. use that 5 gal carboy for some of Ed Wort's Apfelwein super easy to make... 5 gal's of apple juice and 2 lbs of corn sugar and a dry pack of Montrachet wine yeast... takes all of 15 minutes to make
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