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Old 05-10-2010, 12:07 AM   #1
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Default glass carboy VS plastic carboy.. which to chose?

which do you prefer? my operation will be in my unfinished basement if that makes a difference.. I am thinking plastic just incase if it were ever to fall on the concrete floor from the table... Let me hear your thoughts.

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Old 05-10-2010, 12:13 AM   #2
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You'll get both opinions here... I personally like plastic (Better Bottle) due to the safety factor.

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Old 05-10-2010, 12:13 AM   #3
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I say Glass but everyone is different...just as a friendly FYI this has been beat to death....search FTW!

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Old 05-10-2010, 12:16 AM   #4
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i figured as much.. I am still figuring out the site... sorry for probably the millionth repost lol.

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Old 05-10-2010, 12:18 AM   #5
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I have to have the plastic. I'm too clumsy to use glass. I dropped my PET carboy full of wort in my lager chamber yesterday. It fell a foot and bounced. I hate to think what would have happened if it were glass. Also 5+ gallons of wort weighs around 50 lbs. Add the weight of the glass and it gets very heavy to move around. That is why I prefer the Better Bottles.

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as far as the safety concern I am totally with you on that! I have been thinking about the "what if" in the back of my mind if it were to ever fall and smash all over my basement floor. I think I am going the plastic route ftw.

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I guess they are called better bottles for a reason lol.

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I say glass if you can afford it. You can see what is happening inside your brew, will help you understand fermentation and if there is a problem.

I see no reason why you would break on. Just use common sense and buy one of those plastic protecter thingy that sit around it.

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Glass all the way.

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I prefer glass myself. My kit came with a "Better bottle" which I have used but I like the tradition of glass. Although you need to be more careful when moving a glass bottle you don't need to be as careful when cleaning. Not as likely to scratch the inside of a glass bottle with the bottle brush.

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