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Old 10-12-2008, 01:10 PM   #1
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I'm four brews old now and I have always used plastic food-grade buckets w/ spigot for primary fermentation. Quite frankly, I'm highly satisfied with it as of now.

Thing is, I saw quite a number of posts here relating tales of krausen blowing out of the bubbler and such. Plus, cleaning glass carboys is a bitch. But, if so many people stick to glass anyways, there HAS to be a reason, yes?

But, what is it?

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So they can watch the fermentation? I have no idea. I use mostly plastic, since it's lightweight and easier to clean. If I'm using a secondary (and that's becoming more rare), that's glass.

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Glass for me.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I ferment in plastic buckets with spigots too and there is plenty of room for kreusen without a blowoff tube.

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The search is a wonderful thiing on this topic, it is probably the most debated one here...you can find plenty of info already here on the topic.

Search Results for glass vs plastic

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I ferment in plastic buckets with spigots too and there is plenty of room for kreusen without a blowoff tube.
How far off the bottom of the bucket do you drill for your spigot? Just got my first 7.9gal bucket.

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I use glass because:
I've had them for years (most of them for over 20 years).
I find that plastic scratches too easily and has to be retired when scratched. Life expectancy of plastic for me is about 1 year when using it regularly, so in my case, glass has come out much cheaper.
Watching the fermentation beats watching re-runs of Law and Order.

But there's nothing wrong with plastic.

Cleaning carboys is easy. A solution of Oxi Clean soaking for a few hours does all the hard work, and just requires a good rinse afterwords. This would also work for plastic, and help to prevent scratching.

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Well there have been study findings released lately that show some polycarbonate plastics do release chemicals into the stored liquids. For every action there is an equal opposite reaction(dose this work here?)If the plastic can absorb(stain) it must release(plastic taste). One Mans opinion.Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been detected in nearly all human bodies tested in the United States. It is a key building block in the manufacture of hard, clear, polycarbonate plastics, including baby bottles, water bottles and other food and beverage containers. The chemical can leak from plastic, especially when containers are heated, cleaned with harsh detergents or exposed to acidic foods or drinks.

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I like glass because it's much easier to clean and it doesn't scratch.

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The search is a wonderful thiing on this topic, it is probably the most debated one here...you can find plenty of info already here on the topic.

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DOH!!!

And even better: the wiki got it.
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Reason: Even better
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