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Old 12-14-2007, 12:07 AM   #11
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I started with glass now use the better bottles & a home made 14 gallon plastic for primarys unless I am out then I use glass.

I use better bottles, glass & cornys for secondarys

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Old 12-14-2007, 12:54 AM   #12
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The only thing about using a primary with a spigot is that I often times use a water bath to control temperatures and never liked the idea of the spigot being underwater. I use both glass and Better bottles for primary.

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Old 12-14-2007, 01:45 AM   #13
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Oct 2007
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If you are careful, you can open the bucket and take a look, but you won't see the trub line that blindlemonlars mentioned.

I use the 7.9gal "wine and beer" buckets for primary fermentation and 6.5 gallon glass carboys for 'secondary fermenters'(conditioning).

The buckets are cheaper for me w/ more capacity. The glass is impermeable to oxygen. Better bottles are much safer, though depending on your area may be hard to find or expensive.

If you are going to primary in a carboy, you should also set yourself up some equipment to thief(BTW, should be added to WIKI) AKA, get a sample to test (usually for specific gravity readings).

IMO, if the valve will hold liquid in, it will hold liquid out(probably more likely due to an equalization of hydrostatic pressure when the bucket is submerged.

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Old 12-14-2007, 02:27 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by 5 Is Not Enough
IMO, if the valve will hold liquid in, it will hold liquid out(probably more likely due to an equalization of hydrostatic pressure when the bucket is submerged.
I agree. When I use a water bath, I do throw a splash of bleach in there, just because I don't like the idea of untreated water sitting still for weeks.

I'm enjoying the (rare) cool weather here in SoCal, no need for waterbaths or frozen apple juice jugs!

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Old 12-14-2007, 03:43 AM   #15
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I have a plastic bucket that I probably wont replace, 5.0 and 6.5 gal glass carboys that i am moving away from, and a few corney kegs.

For now I still like the glass so I can see what is going on in there.

With some more experience and more confidence I will be able to do everything in cornelius kegs. 1 standard container FTW!

EDIT: I will keep a bottling bucket around for those special brews that need to be shared and aged...

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Old 12-14-2007, 03:55 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by abracadabra
But if watching the yeasties put on a show is important to you then a glass 6.5 gal. or better bottles are probably your best bets
It's been damn near fifteen years, and I still love watching the yeasties' show.

Beer is good for anything from hot dogs to heartache.

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