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Old 06-16-2012, 12:53 AM   #1
Jun 2012
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Which is better?

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Old 06-16-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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May 2012
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For what. Primary doesn't matter to me. Secondary I like Carboy with little headspace. Carboy if you like to watch active fermentation.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:05 AM   #3
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Buckets are easy to move around and safer than glass carboys. I use buckets for Primary, and if I need to secondary for Fruit or Dry Hop then use a Glass Carboy.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:10 AM   #4
Mar 2012
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Bucket for primary, carboy for secondary to free up the bucket for the next batch.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:15 AM   #5
Jan 2012
Colonial Beach, Virginia
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This is something I've actually been wondering for a little while because I have access to food grade buckets for next to nothing. To add to HooSteen's question. Currently I've been using better bottles for secondary but I have three buckets I am picking up tomorrow so I can brew more at once. Is it possible to use buckets for secondary? Ive been doing a couple very experimental brews and I'd like to cut costs in any way I can.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:21 AM   #6
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Whichever is empty, i have a big sink for cleaning the glass, and a towel to dry the outside of the glass and im not very affected by the weight.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:28 PM   #7
Apr 2012
Janesville, WI
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I use a standard Ale Pale for primary. And when I do a secondary I like to use a bottling bucket.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:33 PM   #8
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I secondary (when I secondary) in buckets. To eliminate some of the headspace issues o user my 6.5 gallons to primary, and I have picked up a few food grade 5 gallons for secondary.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:43 PM   #9
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You can use either one, the only issue to be concerned with is the possibility of oxidation due to too much headspace in the secondary but IMO if your secondary time is only for a short time it's not a huge concern. Long term conditioning is a bigger problem.

I ferment 6.25 gallon batches in my 6.5 gallon buckets and when I do secondary I then rack to a 6 gallon better bottle.
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