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Old 02-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hey guys:

I've done about a dozen 5 gallon batches so far. I have a 6.5 glass carboy, and 2 6 gallon better bottles. Fermented in both equally and thinking of changing up.

I hate lifting/moving my glass around. And I am scared its going to break and slice off my arms. Kind of a pain to clean.

I hate cleaning my better bottles. After I rack my beer, I completely fill it with water and let it soak for days/weeks/month. Then I wash it according to the directions using soap/warm water/wash cloth. Takes me at least 2 hours to clean these stupid things. I do love how light they are though.

I have never tried fermenting in a bucket yet. What are everyones thoughts on that? They seem like they would be way easier to clean/harvest yeast.

I don't know. What are your thoughts?

Thanks. Sorry about the novel.


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Old 02-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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I always do my primary in an Ale Pale....always have...probably always will.


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Old 02-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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I use the big plastic fermenting vessel that came with my coopers kit a while ago.

Has a huge mouth when the top is off(easy to clean) also has a spigot for easy racking and whatnot.
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I almost always ferment in a bucket now, and then rack to a carboy for secondary if I want to. The only time I use my carboy, is if I want to watch it ferment Or if my buckets are already full.

Also, I don't mind cleaning my glass carboys. Normally I empty it, put some hot water in, swish it around empty it again. Use my jet bottle washer and shoot hot water into for about a minute or so moving it around, by then, all of the settlement is gone, and the glass is pretty clean. Then I fill it about 1/2 way or more with sanitizer, shake it a few times, then let it sit for a few hours or longer. Then empty it out, and let it dry upside down.
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I use buckets whenever I can. Easy to clean, easy to harvest yeast, cheaper than carboys or better bottles. Just be careful not to scratch them when you're cleaning and you'll have no problems. I just make sure to either rinse them immediately after emptying and/or soak them in oxyclean if the krausen has had a chance to dry on.
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I always use buckets...thought about getting a better bottle so I could see the wort better but then didn't...buckets are easy to carry and clean.
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I've got a 6.5 Gal glass carboy for primary, 2-5 Gal better bottles for secondary, and a 5 Gal bucket that I usually use for bottling. The safety factor of the better bottles is nice, but they don't clean up as easily as the glass. Early on, when I used the plastic for my primary, the ring of krausen around the top was a pain in the butt to scrub off completely.
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I've got a 6.5 Gal glass carboy for primary, 2-5 Gal better bottles for secondary, and a 5 Gal bucket that I usually use for bottling. The safety factor of the better bottles is nice, but they don't clean up as easily as the glass. Early on, when I used the plastic for my primary, the ring of krausen around the top was a pain in the butt to scrub off completely.
I think you are doing this backwards Glass is much better for long secondary, it's not porous at all, where plastic is.
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I didn't say it was right, just that I liked it better that way.

The main reason I use the glass for primary is that it has more headspace for active primary fermentations. Like I said before, I like the way it cleans up as well. I rarely do really long secondaries (more than a month), so I'm not all that worried about the porosity of the better bottle.
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I stopped using buckets because glass was easier to clean, not the other way around, and I'm always confident that there's nothing left behind that star-san won't get. Plastic scratches.

I use my sink hose to loosen up the yeast cake, oxyclean with a carboy brush to wash, then my jet washer to rinse. It comes out spotless every time.

If you don't have handles already on your glass carboys, get them. They take a little of the worry away.


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