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Old 01-10-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to purchase either;

a) two 6.5gal. bucket version, or,
b) one 6.5 gal bucket and one 6gal. plastic carboy

plus all the stuff that comes with them.

Is one better than the other? if so, why?


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Old 01-10-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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1 bucket 1 carboy.

But for most ales, you don't need to secondary. Just let it ferment for two or three weeks, then bottle. In fact, other than sour ales, I can't tell you the last time I did a two stage fermentation.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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Option b. At some point you may want to watch your fermentation, something that's tough to do with buckets. Witnessing a vigorously fermenting hefeweizen is something to see, at least once. I'm partial to carboys though. Just my thoughts.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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One bucket one carboy I'd say glass car boy due to plastic harboring small off favors from different stronger beers. Besides plastic just doesn't last as long.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:27 PM   #5
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They can last a long time if not scratched somehow & properly cleaned & sanitized. Mine are 2 years old & counting. No off smells or flavors.
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