Whats the point in ising a carboy? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Whats the point in ising a carboy?

Thread Tools
Old 01-03-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
Aug 2012
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 193
Liked 12 Times on 9 Posts

I understand that transferring the beer helps to clarify the brew, but is there any advantage to using a carboy over another bucket?

I thought the glass was the important part, but people are having great results with those better bottles. So why bother with a carboy at all?

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
Jun 2005
Eugene, OR
Posts: 4,893
Liked 696 Times on 501 Posts

Exactly...why bother? I started brewing woth carboys. About 10+ years and several hundred batches ago I switched to buckets. I far prefer them and haven't used a carboy since.
Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!


http://www.experimentalbrew.com - "Homebrew All Stars" now shipping!

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
Dec 2011
Durham, NC
Posts: 1,553
Liked 92 Times on 80 Posts

Not this again...

Cheap, east to replace, much easier to clean. Can scratch, can't see anything.

More expensive, heavy, fragile and potentially dangerous. Can see through, very oxygen tight.

Better Bottles
Light, not too expensive, can see through, safe. Can be scratched, harder to clean.

I prefer BBs only because I like to watch fermentation. I spend every day in a lab on a microscope. I love seeing things. If you don't care to see things, it's hard to beat buckets.

Kegged Two Hearted, Dragonmead Final Absolution
Bottled Robust porter, Founder's Breakfast Stout, Ommegawd Hellepin, Ed Wort's Apfelwein
RIP Snake Dog IPA, Biermuncher's OktoberFAST, Falconer's Flight IPA, Two-Hearted clone (Culturing Bell's Yeast), Noberon wheat, Skeeter Pee using dry yeast, Smooth Oatmeal Stout

Simple and easy wort aeration - Harvest yeast from your blowoff - Homebrew Spicy Mustard

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
Golddiggie's Avatar
Dec 2010
Posts: 11,995
Liked 497 Times on 431 Posts

The clarifying part of racking to a second vessel is an often discussed topic. IME, it's 100% not needed if you're patient. I don't transfer a brew to clarify it, I'll move it to an aging vessel when adding something like oak/wood to it for several months. Otherwise, a long primary will do just as good a job of getting it to clear. Using the right yeast does even more. Picking one that flocculates better is one way.

Personally, I've stopped using buckets long ago (used for two batches and that was it) and carboys over a year ago. I use adapted sanke kegs now and have no worries. I don't feel a need to see inside the vessel anymore, so it's no issue. Besides, there's too many benefits from using the converted/adapted kegs for me to stop using them.
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
Mar 2011
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Posts: 152
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts

In my opinion its all about preference. I like my glass carboys.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 07:44 PM   #6
Registered User
Dec 2012
Posts: 104
Liked 12 Times on 10 Posts

I use glass primary and secondary carboys because:

- Glass is neutral when it comes to food
- Glass is antiseptic because the inside of the carboy is difficult to scratch so it won't harbor bacteria
- Glass is easy to clean well (you might have to use a carboy brush)
- Glass allows me to see the wort/krausen/yeast cake/dry hops
- Glass allows me to see the wort level when siphoning
- Easy to attach a large blowoff hose directly in the mouth of the carboy
- If I use amalyse enzyme in the secondary I can see if it's working (using a flashlight and millions of little bubbles).
- I like to watch the aeration bubbles when using my oxygen tank.
- I haven't found a suitable glass container other than a carboy.

Having said that you can use anything you want. Don't really need a carboy, could use a food grade plastic bucket, ale pale, stainless steel fermenter, etc...

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
helibrewer's Avatar
Nov 2011
Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,813
Liked 326 Times on 275 Posts

I use pails with Gamma Seal lids. The lid has 2 holes, one for the airlock and one for my thermowell since I temp control each fermentor. I found it too cumbersome to try to get the airlock and thermwell in the carboy...I have 10 carboys (2 glass, 8 BB) that I use for my wine since it sits for at least a year.
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Kegged: Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
On Deck: German Lager

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 10:55 PM   #8
HBT Berry Puncher
Billy-Klubb's Avatar
Nov 2012
Windom, MN
Posts: 11,645
Liked 5928 Times on 3484 Posts

why is a rainbow good? why is Dubbel good?

I don't like fermenting in plastic, the chances of scratches & bacteria, and I like the ease of cleaning. I've been using glass for almost 14 years with no breakage. it's just personal preference. using one over the other will not make your beer any better or worse.
There is a difference between pride and arrogance. Which do you hold in your heart?
Originally Posted by Helen Williams View Post
"If ceramic squirrels are banned, only druks will have ceramic squirrels!"
Originally Posted by Randar View Post
I've plenty of legit material... No need to go making up quotes for your sig.

Chromebrew Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thoughts on ising glass NICK_M Brew Science 3 01-07-2012 03:57 AM
whats the best soak for a carboy killian Equipment/Sanitation 25 06-20-2010 10:10 PM
Whats the point of colored extract? gtpro General Beer Discussion 9 03-10-2010 02:39 PM
im a newb whats the point of the mlt JUSTINTIMEBREWING Equipment/Sanitation 11 01-31-2010 02:21 PM
Making NA beer (ya I know whats the point) beerthirty DIY Projects 41 03-06-2009 02:10 AM

Forum Jump