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Old 11-24-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
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Anyone used PET carboys?

Thinking about buying a 5 gallon.

Are they as safe as glass? do they leech flavors?
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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Better Bottles. Everyone uses them.

They are infinitely safer than glass.

They work great.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:19 PM   #3
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I've got 2, 5 gallon ones. I stopped using them after my first time. A Pain in the buttowski if you ask me. When ever you pick them up, the plastic is pressured, hence, everything gets sucked in. Ironic you post this because I just pulled mine out of storage as I will have to use them for my secondary for a Helles I just brewed (my glass secondaries have a Flanders brown in them). I;ll palce them into Milk Crates to thrawd what I was talking about above. Also, the neck of these things has to be completely dry for them to accecpt an air lock. Another annoying factor. Safer, yes. Much safer then Glass. But, a pain in the ass to deal with. I have been fermenting in glass for going on 18 years, and with a little common sense, and (knocking on wood here), Ihave never had an issue with breakage. I keep all my glass carboys in Milk Crates.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:24 PM   #4
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I think it was Jamil who spoke with one of their reps in Australia and he had something like 18 sent to him. He has been using them for almost a year now and I have not heard of him having any issues. I have heard of TONS of people totally falling in love and having no problems.

I wouldn't do it just because I'm a sucker for glass and my LHBS doesn't carry them. Other than that I would be on board to use them if I could just get one without paying shipping.

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:25 PM   #5
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MY LHBS sells a 5 gallon for 22.99

Thinking about picking one up soon to do 3.5 gallon batches in.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:53 PM   #6
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My only complaint about them is they're not big enough. But they're sooooooo easy to carry, even with wet hands. And I'm terrified of glass. Did you see the story in Zymurgy from a guy who had his hand almost completely severed due to a breaking carboy? Holy crap.

 
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:39 AM   #7
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I have 5 of them (all 6-gallon bottles). They stay full.

I had 5 glass carboys. Broke one while full. Gave one away. Returned one to the store. The last 2 sit empty, perpetually.

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Old 11-25-2010, 02:29 AM   #8
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I've got 2, 5 gallon ones. I stopped using them after my first time. A Pain in the buttowski if you ask me. When ever you pick them up, the plastic is pressured, hence, everything gets sucked in. Ironic you post this because I just pulled mine out of storage as I will have to use them for my secondary for a Helles I just brewed (my glass secondaries have a Flanders brown in them). I;ll palce them into Milk Crates to thrawd what I was talking about above. Also, the neck of these things has to be completely dry for them to accecpt an air lock. Another annoying factor. Safer, yes. Much safer then Glass. But, a pain in the ass to deal with. I have been fermenting in glass for going on 18 years, and with a little common sense, and (knocking on wood here), Ihave never had an issue with breakage. I keep all my glass carboys in Milk Crates.
Been using the 5 & 6 gal for quite some time (they also sell a 3 gal). Have
had nothing but positive results/experiences with them. With respect to the suck back, I always have a universal bung & air lock in them when I move them around so perhaps this is why I have been able to completely avoid this. Never have had a problem with putting the bung/airlock in when the neck is wet. In fact I sanitize just prior to racking the cooled wort into them and consequently the neck is always wet.

I love glass - there is definitely the aesthetic factor that BB 's don't have. Never "worried" about breaking glass although I suppose it was in the back of my mind - worried about herniated discs from the roughly 60 lbs that I had to haul up and down the staircase.

However, every batch that I have fermented in the BB has turned out
fine/great. Never have used a brush on one and I have had some serious gunk on a regular basis (severe hop head). Oxy removes everything. The weight issue of hauling carboys up and down stairs is what forced me initially to BB's. A BB coupled with a Brew Hauler make it a snap.

 
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:42 AM   #9
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They have some cons, but as long as you realize what they are, they work great. The biggest one is that they can scratch. Once that happens, you start risking infections. The only other real con is long term storage o2 permiability. Im talking years like if your doing a sour. For everyday ale/lager use, they dont seem to have much of an effect.

Overall I went the other route and sold my BB for another glass carboy. Never have to worry about the BB cons....though glass has the ultimate con...it can break and cause injury.

 
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:30 AM   #10
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The only con is that you are paying too much for what they are, and that's why I like glass. At least a big glass bottles seems to be worth over $20. A big coke bottle for 22 dollars just seems ridiculous. That being said, if they were being sold for a more reasonable price (dunno, $10?) I'd buy a bunch of them.

 
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