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Old 11-08-2011, 01:19 AM   #11
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I use buckets because they're cheap, stackable, and easy to clean. I wouldn't fault anyone if they want to use glass, though. It's just a personal preference and certainly nothing to get upset about.

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:26 AM   #12
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I use buckets because they're cheap, stackable, and easy to clean. I wouldn't fault anyone if they want to use glass, though. It's just a personal preference and certainly nothing to get upset about.
I've heard too many stories of infected beer fermented in plastic to think they are acceptable. Very seldom do I hear of someone with good sanitation practices getting a sick beer from fermenting in glass.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:32 AM   #13
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I've heard too many stories of infected beer fermented in plastic to think they are acceptable. Very seldom do I hear of someone with good sanitation practices getting a sick beer from fermenting in glass.
I don't know where you're hearing these stories, but one, I haven't heard of many stories of people getting infected beer from plastic buckets. Actually, not many have proven that it was the bucket at all. In fact, if you go to the "Is my beer infected" thread, I think you'll note that 90% of the photos are from those with glass carboys. Two, I haven't heard of ANYONE getting sick from a beer period... bucket or glass.

Good sanitation is good sanitation, whether you are using plastic or glass. Straying away from plastic buckets because they may cause an infection is, for lack of a better term, ignorant. And I don't mean that in a condescending way at all. It is just entirely misinformed.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:36 AM   #14
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Always use plastic for primary here, lots of 2 gallon batches in a 6.5 gal bucket, never had an infection.

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:36 AM   #15
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I did a 3 gallon batch. I am regretting it now because it turned out great. One nice thing is a normal 1.05 beer, you can just pitch a vial. Starter is not really necessary. I might do the 3 gallon for bigger beers since I still just have a 30q kettle and that's about right if I want to do more than 60 minute boils.

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I don't know where you're hearing these stories, but one, I haven't heard of many stories of people getting infected beer from plastic buckets. Actually, not many have proven that it was the bucket at all. In fact, if you go to the "Is my beer infected" thread, I think you'll note that 90% of the photos are from those with glass carboys. Two, I haven't heard of ANYONE getting sick from a beer period... bucket or glass.

Good sanitation is good sanitation, whether you are using plastic or glass. Straying away from plastic buckets because they may cause an infection is, for lack of a better term, ignorant. And I don't mean that in a condescending way at all. It is just entirely misinformed.
I'd add if you're really rough with the bucket and scratch the hell out of it, it may be more prone to harboring bacteria in the cracks. Treat your equipment well, and there's really no difference in sterility.
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I don't know where you're hearing these stories, but one, I haven't heard of many stories of people getting infected beer from plastic buckets. Actually, not many have proven that it was the bucket at all. In fact, if you go to the "Is my beer infected" thread, I think you'll note that 90% of the photos are from those with glass carboys. Two, I haven't heard of ANYONE getting sick from a beer period... bucket or glass.
I'm talking about the beer getting infected from something that was left in the bucket, not people getting sick or an infection from drinking the beer.

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1) I've not had any infections with my plastic. I'm sure it will happen some day, and when it does, I will replace my plastic. But hasn't happened yet, and I don't have to worry about a very heavy, very breakable carboy. Better bottles FTW!

2) Regarding the comment of 2 inches of beer on 1 inch of trub.... you have to remember that you are going to have a lot less trub with a 1 gallon batch, so I don't think this would be as big of a problem as you might think. That being said.....

3) I have done 3 gallon batches in a 5 gallon BB with no problems, dunno if I'd go much smaller than that. 3 gallon BB are great for small batches.

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I'm talking about the beer getting infected from something that was left in the bucket, not people getting sick or an infection from drinking the beer.

HTH.
Understood, and as the previous poster mentioned, using proper cleaning techniques (i.e. realizing that plastic is a softer medium than glass and can be prone to scratching) can yield the same sanitary conditions as a clean glass carboy. What it boils down to is sanitary practices. I'm just saying, if you got an infection, blame it on the brewer... not the fermentation device. Proper sanitation is required for both glass and plastic. And when done properly, both are perfectly safe.
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I've heard too many stories of infected beer fermented in plastic to think they are acceptable. Very seldom do I hear of someone with good sanitation practices getting a sick beer from fermenting in glass.


The whole of Australia brews in plastic.
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