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GeorgiaTiger 12-09-2012 01:15 AM

Want to move to 5 gallon brews...
I think i want to do 5 gallon brews. The 2.5 gallon brews in the LBK's are OK, but frankly, I want to brew another round while my Oatmeal stout is fermenting. So, would it be better to do a bucket or glass carboy? Or even a Better bottle plastic? Im thinking bucket for the cheapness of it, but I am always looking through the LBK as much as I can with a flashlight trying to spy the bubbles...so maybe something I can see through would be better.

What would you guys suggest? Also, and this is important, where would be the cheapest place to order the carboys or buckets? If I get a bucket, I want to just get a bottling bucket and ferment in there. I really want to watch whats going on in there though.

So, can you suggest the cheapest places to buy these and also which would YOU do? :rockin:

gcdowd 12-09-2012 01:23 AM

It's all preference my man. Personally, I like plastic buckets. For me, they are easy to use, easy to clean, easy to take hydro readings from. Also, you'll never cut yourself with plastic buckets. I have two glass carboys and I've never used them.

GeorgiaTiger 12-09-2012 01:25 AM

the buckets are cheap...and I can watch the airlock. Dammit, im conflicted. LOL.

Yooper 12-09-2012 01:25 AM

I love plastic buckets- they are lightweight and don't break!

I wouldn't ferment in a bottling bucket, though. I'd get a regular "ale pail" and then rack to the bottling bucket at bottling time.

Yooper 12-09-2012 01:26 AM

Oh, and for the best place, Brewmaster's Warehouse is in Marietta. That would save shipping costs.

GeorgiaTiger 12-09-2012 01:34 AM


Originally Posted by Yooper (Post 4664013)
Oh, and for the best place, Brewmaster's Warehouse is in Marietta. That would save shipping costs.

Apparently their buckets arent marked, though. Just a regular old bucket. Why would you NOT use a bottling bucket to ferment? Im asking because I seriously dont know.

AlCophile 12-09-2012 01:45 AM

Reading that you would try glass makes me cringe! I have composed a short essay on the disadvantages of glass, but, being new to the forum, haven't yet posted it. I own and use two 6gal PET carboys made by TheVintageShop.ca as in canada. The 6gal is wonderful. I do two 3gal batches, cover each with nitrogen gas, combine when they simmer down, rack back and forth(nitrogen or carbon dioxide blanket) and harvest the yeast, if desired. Age in one, bottle, maybe, but am getting interested in using kegs exclusively for ALL steps. So what if I can't see into keg? Careful racking takes care of yeast, or, leave a few inches and bottle THAT. And, you can ALWAYS sell the 'boys on craigslist. Good luck.

GeorgiaTiger 12-09-2012 01:51 AM

Yeah, Im leaning towards the bucket just because im unemployed and broke. LOL. It is pretty cheap and makes pouring the wort and testing really easy. I guess I could use a permanent marker for the gallon markers on the outside of the bucket if these arent marked. Bah!

Toadsticker 12-09-2012 01:59 AM

Austin Homebrew supply is currently having a sale on a fermenter pair; a 7.9. Gal. bucket, and a 5 gal. Better Bottle, for 29.99 + 6.99 shipping. Sale lasts until Wednesday. And the bucket is marked.

unionrdr 12-09-2012 10:13 AM

I use an ale pail,a Cooper's micro bre FV,& a bottling bucket. All have spigots to make life easier. I keep an auto siphon around just in case. I use plastic 1/2G vodka jugs for blow offs.

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