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Old 09-11-2012, 12:06 AM   #11
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I used glass for a few years, shattered one and got real nervous seeing the shards and always carrying them up and down my basement stairs so I switched to plastic carboys (not buckets) with brew hauler strap and I love em

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:23 AM   #12
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I broke my first Glass Carboy a month ago. I didn't drop it, I didn't hit it hard or anything. I had about a gallon of star-san in it and had it in a carboy hauler and set it down gingerly on my back patio, I guess at a bad angle and it broke and long sharp shards of glass were all over. Thankfully I didn't hurt myself.

Two weekends ago I was in Boston and was served a pint glass which had a crack in it. It broke in my hand and I got 14 stitches in my finger. If a pint glass did that to my finger, I couldn't imagine what a full carboy would do to me.

Im all plastic all the way now.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:32 AM   #13
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I have 3 glass carboys, 5 stainless steel kegs and 3 buckets. I prefer stainless steel kegs.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:34 AM   #14
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I use the search function, and a mix of better bottles, 5gal water coolers, and borosilicate glass carboys.

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Old 09-11-2012, 12:57 AM   #15
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95% plastic. 5%. glass...


Given the choice... Plastic.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:03 AM   #16
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I have 2 glass carboys, but will probably try a better bottle next time I purchase a fermentor. Or if one shatters on me.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:04 AM   #17
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I use glass as I don't have far to travel with it. Should that change. Plastic.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:00 AM   #18
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Extremely unpopular I gather, but I vote for Stainless steel stock pots. If your not bothered about an airlock they are great. cheap, almost indistructable, last a lifetime, boilable, scrubable, droppable -havent tried this so far but if one dents you can go back to the first point - cheap enough to replace if dropped. You can get any size imaginable, many aspect ratios to fit your fermenter area/fridge. they have welded on handles so you wont drop them anyway. you can whip off the lid and skim yeast or add dry hops really easy. You can drill a hole and add a spigot.

I added a spigot and now can use it for a temporary HLT store since my kettle doubles as a HLT and I need storage in another vessel whilst i'm pumping first runnings into the kettle. I have a quick connect on it the same as for my kettle and mash tun spigot, so when the boil has finished I can simply drain from kettle to fermenter via spigots and keep my fermenter lid on.

Only downside, no airlock - although you may be able to manufacture some kind of gasket for the lid and drill a hole in the lid for an airlock. I dont bother for primary.
You cant see the wort fermenting. I have seen it before in glass carboys and now its not as interesting to me. I can gauge activity by lifting the lid a bit.

Forgot to mention, very light weight if you get thin walled/base ones. slightly lighter than glass I would think.

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Old 09-11-2012, 12:11 PM   #19
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Buckets and Better Bottles here!

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:25 PM   #20
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Extremely unpopular I gather, but I vote for Stainless steel stock pots. If your not bothered about an airlock they are great. cheap, almost indistructable, last a lifetime, boilable, scrubable, droppable -havent tried this so far but if one dents you can go back to the first point - cheap enough to replace if dropped. You can get any size imaginable, many aspect ratios to fit your fermenter area/fridge. they have welded on handles so you wont drop them anyway. you can whip off the lid and skim yeast or add dry hops really easy. You can drill a hole and add a spigot.

I added a spigot and now can use it for a temporary HLT store since my kettle doubles as a HLT and I need storage in another vessel whilst i'm pumping first runnings into the kettle. I have a quick connect on it the same as for my kettle and mash tun spigot, so when the boil has finished I can simply drain from kettle to fermenter via spigots and keep my fermenter lid on.

Only downside, no airlock - although you may be able to manufacture some kind of gasket for the lid and drill a hole in the lid for an airlock. I dont bother for primary.
You cant see the wort fermenting. I have seen it before in glass carboys and now its not as interesting to me. I can gauge activity by lifting the lid a bit.

Forgot to mention, very light weight if you get thin walled/base ones. slightly lighter than glass I would think.
I'm sorry....how do you figure they are cheap? They are way more expensive then plastic buckets are just as durable (for things like fermentation).

You still make some great points about SS....cheap they are not.

 
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