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Old 12-02-2010, 12:16 AM   #1
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I just bought a 6 gallon better bottle and am wondering if i made the right choice between the glass carboy and the better bottle. i know it's all personal preference, but was wondering what other have to say about both of them.

 
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:20 AM   #2
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Glass carboy's are more prone to breakage, make sure you get a milk crate or some sort of carboy holder before you ever even wash it.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:18 AM   #3
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I like Better Bottles better. Cheaper, lightweight, and won't break. I have nothing at all against glass, though.
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:25 AM   #4
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This issue comes up on a regular basis. We just hashed this out last week. Research the archives and you will find arguments on both sides. Montanaandy

 
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
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I just bought a 6 gallon better bottle and am wondering if i made the right choice between the glass carboy and the better bottle. i know it's all personal preference, but was wondering what other have to say about both of them.
Your choice was fine. I have two glass carboys (came with my original kit) and two BBs. There is no difference I can taste in the beer processed through either kind.

It should be noted that I have never used ANY carboys to do anything but secondary, since I primary ferment solely in plastic buckets, and precious little secondary action at all these days, since most of my beers are done primary-only.
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:18 PM   #6
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Neither, IMO. I bought a 6.5G carboy at Midwest a month ago and it is going on Craigslist as soon as I get this Fuggles IPA out of it.

1. It's heavy.
2. It's even heavier with beer in it.
3. It doesn't have a built in carrying device (handle).
4. It's glass.
5. It's takes twice the time to clean compared to a bucket.
6. It's glass.
7. It's heavy.

The only thing good about a carboy/better bottle is that you can see the yeast do their work and now that I've seen that for 3-4 batches, I don't need to see it again.

 
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:40 PM   #7
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1. It's heavy.
2. It's even heavier with beer in it.
3. It doesn't have a built in carrying device (handle).
4. It's glass.
5. It's takes twice the time to clean compared to a bucket.
6. It's glass.
7. It's heavy.

Man up?

 
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:50 PM   #8
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Bucket > Better Bottle > Glass

 
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:23 PM   #9
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I think better bottles are a pain because of the negative pressure you make anytime you move it. I'm sometimes scared to move it with fear that all the liquor in the airlock will empty into it.

 
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:26 PM   #10
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I think better bottles are a pain because of the negative pressure you make anytime you move it. I'm sometimes scared to move it with fear that all the liquor in the airlock will empty into it.

Put it in a milk crate

 
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