Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Switching to Better Bottles?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-07-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
SkyDog
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Jonesborough, TN
Posts: 30
Default Switching to Better Bottles?

I have finally decided to try Better Bottles and am looking for suggestions from those who have experience using them.

What types of caps/covers/airlocks are best when used with Better Bottles?

Should I get the racking adapter and high flow valve or just use my wedges and rack the old fashioned way?

I don't really know what other questions to ask but any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

__________________

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!

SkyDog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 03:16 PM   #2
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 12,074
Liked 1011 Times on 711 Posts
Likes Given: 2090

Default

Hi, I use both glass and better bottles. I just have the regular 6.5 gallon (I think) better bottle to primary, just a stopper I got at the LHBS with a hole in it for either an airlock or a blowoff tube. Nothing else. I rack using the autosiphon and tube.

Pappers_ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #3
elkdog
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Posts: 1,083
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I've read about some problems folks had with the racking adapters in terms of sanitation, I think. I don't have one on my better bottles- autosiphon works for me.

Carboy caps work on a better bottle, but they loosen with time. I'm probably going to add hose clamps to mine, as I use the stem on the cap to make my blowoff tube.

Make sure you have some Oxiclean free (unscented), as that's the preferred method for cleaning bb's. You can drop a washcloth in there to swish it around, but keep your brush away from the bottle- it'll scratch it. Also know that the bottle flexes a bit when you lift it with beer inside, which can cause suckback on the airlock. I use blowoffs for all my ferments, partially to avoid that.

__________________
Revolving Door Brewery
elkdog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 03:39 PM   #4
Nurmey
I love making Beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Nurmey's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 4,001
Liked 30 Times on 26 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

I wouldn't bother buying the extras with the BB, they are way overpriced. I use carboy caps with mine and they work great.
+1 on the Oxyclean free to clean them. Let it soak for a while and rinse.
Don't move a full carboy with the airlock on or you will cause suck back due to the flexibility of the bottle.
Other than not using a brush on them, they are just like using a glass carboy but without the weight.

__________________
Batch 1 Brewing
The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
Nurmey is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 03:51 PM   #5
Coastarine
We get it, you hate BMC.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Coastarine's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Bern, NC
Posts: 2,582
Liked 21 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I use all better bottles, and for caps I use the orange universal carboy caps that stretch around the outside of the neck. Any standard airlock works with them. I also have all ported better bottles and I love them. My process is siphonless.

__________________
SEMPER FIDELIS ET SEMPER PARATUS Bringin' the 'pane...the propane.Coming Up:..[Hefewiezen][BCS Robust Porter][EdWort's Haus Pale Ale][Peated Ale]
Fermenting:.
Conditioning:[Oaked Cider][ESB]
On Tap.........[The Munchner][Spiced Cider][English Cider][Simcoe IPA][Triple Hops Grooved][Cider'n 'gnac]
Coastarine is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 04:34 PM   #6
bytemyfoot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bytemyfoot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Jersey, NJ
Posts: 108
Default

I have the maroon carboy caps because I was told they were designed for the neck size of the better bottles. Was I misled?

__________________
bytemyfoot is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 04:58 PM   #7
ks_medic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 129
Default

i was curious myself to see if they work as well as the website says. In theory it sounds good.

__________________

ks_medic is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 05:56 PM   #8
pretzelb
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 486
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bytemyfoot View Post
I have the maroon carboy caps because I was told they were designed for the neck size of the better bottles. Was I misled?
Not at all. I have two orange ones and they do NOT fit snug at all. Then again, I have nothing else to compare it too so it's possible that they fit just as snug as they do on a glass carboy. But I do think the most caps won't fit snug on a BB carboy from the text I've read on various sites for the part description.
__________________
pretzelb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 06:01 PM   #9
meluvbeer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: carolina
Posts: 182
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I use a # 10 rubber stopper with the hole drilled in it for the air lock works
good...

__________________

.
...Because life sucks without BEER...
.

meluvbeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-07-2009, 06:22 PM   #10
jpc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Posts: 1,917
Liked 62 Times on 47 Posts

Default

I ponied up for a couple of the BB caps and airlocks. They are very handy if headspace is an issue for you, since they only stick up a couple inches (as opposed to a typical airlock). I really like the hard plastic, and they fit perfectly and won't push into the beer like a stopper may.

That said, just like the racking adapter for the BB, they are farking EXPENSIVE. If they were about 1/4 the cost, I'd go with them exclusively, but they are just too much to justify the cost.

__________________
jpc is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Switching to AG ThreeTaps General Beer Discussion 3 10-01-2009 11:09 PM
Switching DME with LME bjzelectric Extract Brewing 4 04-10-2009 02:26 AM
Im switching to better bottles !! Vels Equipment/Sanitation 16 02-20-2008 02:30 AM
Switching over to DME BoxerDog Extract Brewing 15 02-19-2007 01:57 AM
Since switching to larger bottles - problems with carbonation? nikos121 Bottling/Kegging 7 11-17-2005 06:50 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS