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Old 02-15-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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I was wanting to get a plastic carboy for fermentation. Can I use a purified 5gal water jug as one or would this not work properly? Thanks


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Old 02-15-2014, 05:47 PM   #2
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I wouldn't. I use a 6 gallon carboy at minimum. You'll need some extra space for 5 gallon brews. My favorite fermenter is my 7.8 gallon plastic bucket that I picked up at my local home-brew store.


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Old 02-15-2014, 06:23 PM   #3
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My local home brew shop talks up the better bottles like crazy. For a non lager fermentation(or anything else over a few weeks) they sound like the way to go.

I have a glass carboy for a wine I'm making and I can see why people suggest plastic. The glass is quite heavy especially when filled and also kinda fragile.




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Old 02-15-2014, 06:42 PM   #4
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I use buckets for primary and then transfer to 5 gallon Better Bottles for secondary/brightening. I don't need to see what's going on in the bucket during primary but it's nice to be able to see stuff clear in secondary.

I use these in the buckets and get the ported Better Bottles with the racking adapter. That lets me get every drop of goodness out of both.
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