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Old 05-23-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone!

Looking into buying my first kit to begin brewing. I found a great all glass kit for $110, 6.5 gallon carboy for my primary and 5 gallon carboy for the secondary. in doing all my research though I found that there is a huge benefit to going with plastic for primary in that you do not have to siphon the beer out, plus the plastic just seems easier to clean.

My question is two part,

Which do you prefer to brew in and why?

If I am going to use a glass for my secondary (so i can see the settling) then why not have to siphon for my primary as well?

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Old 05-23-2007, 03:45 PM   #2
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Some of the kits from various suppliers allow you to 'upgrade' to better bottles. You might want to take a look at this wiki article and add that into your considerations.

I point to the wiki article so this doesn't turn into yet another glass vs better bottle thread, it's already spelled out there.

Edit: Oh and to answer your questions; I personally use buckets and better bottles. Syphoning really isn't a big deal (get a kit with an auto-syphon or buy one, best 10 bucks you'll ever spend) so I wouldn't worry about that part.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:46 PM   #3
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Personally, I would take a better bottle over a glass carboy (you can search threads on that topic).

Pails are generally easier to clean over caboys & don't need to be covered for light sensitivity issues as carboys do....otherwise for me it's a wash.

You have to siphon out of a pail just as you would a carboy....cept carboy caps are pretty bitchin for that

 
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:47 PM   #4
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I use all glass... #1 I dont want to run the risk of small scratches harboring nasties in my plasitc bucket... #2 I like to watch!

 
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:48 PM   #5
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I prefer the plastic bucket for primary and a better bottle for secondary. Cleaning the primary bucket out can be a pain already, I can't imagine trying to get that muck out of a carboy.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:48 PM   #6
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I used buckets for a while then switched to BetterBottles. It is awesome to be able to watch the beer .

I vote BetterBottle.

 
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:04 PM   #7
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Thank you to everyone and my other questions was answered too, auto-siphon it is!

 
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:06 PM   #8
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Yeah, I like buckets for primary and carboys for secondaries.
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Old 05-23-2007, 05:46 PM   #9
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Why don't they make a clear PETE plastic bucket? All the advantages of a better bottle except with a big lid that comes off for easy cleaning. A Better Bucket, so to speak.

 
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Old 05-23-2007, 05:56 PM   #10
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Yeah! I'd buy one of those.
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