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Old 01-08-2009, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hey i was just wondering whats the best way to start your primary?? In a glass carboy or a plastic container?? I am going to be putting it in a keg and force carbing it eventually. Any help would be great.
I know its probably a dumb question but im very new to this.
Thanks for the help in advance.

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Old 01-08-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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I don't think your beer has a peference on what it likes better as long as it is sanitary

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I don't think your beer has a peference on what it likes better as long as it is sanitary
THIS is probably the answer I have ever heard!!!!!!!!

This is probably the most discussed topics on here, and it really really really comes down to your preference....Me, I don't use glass if I can avoid it...

Everything I use is either buckets, Betterbottles or 3 gallon water jugs...

Here's a lot of threads for your enjoyment and edumactaion, so you can best make your own decision...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/search.php?searchid=2937480

AND here's my biggest reason why I avoid glass...they don't make carboy as well as they might have 20-30 years ago...and I'm a clutz...So I like to keep my blood on the inside of my skin...

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Old 01-08-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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I've used plastic buckets, better bottles, and glass carboys. They all work fine as long as its clean and sanitary as mentioned above

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yes, glass or plastic

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they both have their pro's and con's, Bucket are easier to clean, dry hop in, and won't let the light in, but they stain and can scratch easier than glass giving bacteria a place to live. With glass carboys you can see what's going on, it's a little easier to wash yeast because you can see the separation happening between the yeast and trub. IMO they are a pain to clean and require some extra effort to keep them out of the light. Those are just few.

Like everyone else has said, they will both work fine as long as they are sanitary. I use both because that is what I have gathered over the years, and I don't want to spend the money to switch one way or the other.

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C'mon guys, you'all are being way too "noncommittal"! It is time for another glass vs plastic debate. The last one was over 2 days ago!

Listen to kryolla and Revvy..... it is all personal preference, YOURS. The yeast couldn't care less.

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C'mon guys, you'all are being way too "noncommittal"! It is time for another glass vs plastic debate. The last one was over 2 days ago!

Listen to kryolla and Revvy..... it is all personal preference, YOURS. The yeast couldn't care less.
I think it's because the last one two days ago was sort of the straw that broke the camels back...I guess when you have 10,000 threads of this question, even the new brewers on here are tired of this discussion, you get to a point where you actually don't give a flying flipper anymore...you just wanna have some thing to put your beer in.....And I was nice in my initial post, i even went and liked to the search for all the threads on this discussion so the OP can read the answers of all those people who no longer care to post about this topic either...

We could just post the answers to all those questions on our siggy...

Glass vs Plastic...Doesn't matter...both work
Water Bottles vs Betterbottles...I use both...Both Work
Aluminum vs Stainless I have one of each, doesn't matter...both work
Batch vs Fly Sparge...I batch but some people like to fly...both work
Long Primary vs secondary...I long primary, some use a secondary...both work


Hey wow, I just realized something...in ALL THE VS QUESTIONS, about process or equipment, the answer is the same...They Both Make Beer!

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Glass vs Plastic...Doesn't matter...both work
Water Bottles vs Betterbottles...I use both...Both Work
Aluminum vs Stainless I have one of each, doesn't matter...both work
Batch vs Fly Sparge...I batch but some people like to fly...both work
Long Primary vs secondary...I long primary, some use a secondary...both work
Bottled water vs. filtered water...Both work

But don't use polycarbonate bottles for fermenting... could make you grow breasts (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/bottles-7-banned-63402/)
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Bottled water vs. filtered water...Both work

But don't use polycarbonate bottles for fermenting... could make you grow breasts (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/bottles-7-banned-63402/)
I've posted info on here a TON of times showing that now since the bpe ban in Canada and more attention to the dangers, that a lot of spring water distributors are now putting their water in BETTER BOTTLES now complete with the betterbottle symbol on their bottles...That at least one brewer on here has discovered that the betterbottle he bought at the LHBS was actually one from the water bottling line, and that since last summer, even more plastic water bottle mfgrs are coming out with the same type of water bottles as our beloved better bottles, and we will begin seeing more and more of them in the market place...

SO any of those OLD arguments about plastic water bottles, is becoming old info and should stop being promulgating in the homebrewing community, because the times they are a changing, and with a steely eye, to our benefit...
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