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Old 02-05-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Why do most use a carboy? Is it because of the seal on the bucket lid? Buckets are easier to store. Seems the bucket is easier to clean too. That being said, anyone have a link for clear 6 gallon buckets? Many restaraunts use them for ice transfers

Edit: found these, looks like they don't have a rubber seal


http://www.globeequipment.com/Bar-Su...uckets/SI-6000


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Old 02-05-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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I used to use glass carboys and had one break while cleaning it. I never knew that the sides were so thin. I have a 6.5 glass carboy that I use for 5 gallon batches, but since I went to 10 gallon brew days, I just use 2 better bottles. If you see a glass container ever break, you'll go to plastic too!

I have used a bucket in the past - but my only bucket is used for bottling

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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I used to use glass carboys and had one break while cleaning it. I never knew that the sides were so thin. I have a 6.5 glass carboy that I use for 5 gallon batches, but since I went to 10 gallon brew days, I just use 2 better bottles. If you see a glass container ever break, you'll go to plastic too!

I have used a bucket in the past - but my only bucket is used for bottling

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I use the Better Bottle and bucket for bottling like you
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #4
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There is this one, not sure if you can get it alone, or if you have to buy the kit.

http://www.diybeer.com.au/

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:20 PM   #5
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I don't know if more of us actually use glass carboys than buckets. It may just seem that way because you see more pics of carboys posted on here than buckets because, well- a picture of a bucket is just a picture of a bucket since you can't see what's inside.

Personally, I use buckets more often for beer because they're easier to move around, easier to clean, I can mix Starsan in them and use them to sanitize stuff, etc. But I still use carboys for mead, apfelwein, and smaller (3.5-4 gallon) batches of beer.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:23 PM   #6
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Many people use a bucket for brewing with no ill effects. It's not preferred for long-term aging, say more than 2 months (this is personal preference), but it's pretty much all I use now. I like the OP's link but I don't see any kind of lid.

At any rate, buckets are easy to get into to clean and are pretty cheap at about $15 each at a homebrew store. That includes the lid usually. I think the Better Bottle plastic carboys are like $25.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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Carboys are for wine. Buckets are better for beer for many reasons; pretty much every reason actually. Cheaper, easier to clean, easier to store, dryhop, fill, empty, carry. Safer, cheaper.

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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+1 on the buckets. although I do have a couple better bottles that I use. Another reason why I like buckets better (along with all the stuff above) is that my heater wrap fits nice an snugly around the bucket. The better bottles have ridges which lift the heater wrap off the bottle reducing contact area. Not a huge deal, but worth mentioning.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:57 PM   #9
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I use glass carboys because when I started I didnt know anything and thought glass was the only way to go. They are cool, look good, and being able to watch me fementation is fun.

Having said all that, I just set my buddy up, whos just starting out, with buckets and Ill be buying buckets for myself as the need arises.

The ease of use, cost, and safety concerns make buckets the right choice for me.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:58 PM   #10
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I use almost all buckets for beer, and for wine primary. I rarely use a carboy for beer. They're heavy, they're fragile, and buckets are much easier to handle. I have several big 8 gallon buckets, and I never get a blow off. I love buckets!


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