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Old 01-04-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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Besides their light weight, are there any advantages to using Better Bottles over glass? Anyone have any problems with the Better Bottles for primary fermentation? They seem like a pretty good choice for homebrewing.

 
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:13 PM   #2
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Have a look at the pros/cons list on the wiki. Lots of guys use them (myself included).
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:16 PM   #3
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Check this: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind..._Better_Bottle
I think it will answer most of you questions.

I use a 6 gallon BB for primary. I have had to use a blow off tube a few times, but other than that no problems.


EDIT: Oooo..bradsul beat me to the link.

 
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:28 PM   #4
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:31 PM   #5
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If you drop a better bottle you won't have the risk of bleeding to death.

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Old 01-04-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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Both my carboys (1 glass, 1 Better bottle, both 6 gallons) were empty yesterday, so I wanted to weigh them to see what the difference is. The better bottle weighs 1.5 pounds. The glass carboy weighs more than 11lbs, and I don't even know by how much cause my kitchen scale can't go any higher. That's quite a bit heavier for the same use. Better bottles have the advantage of being quite safe if they break, whereas glass, well you can guess what happens when a glass carboy shatters...
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:48 PM   #7
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I personally like buckets... I've got a pair of 7.9 gallon buckets, 3 more 6.5 gallon buckets, and a 6.5 gallon bucket with the spicket for bottling.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:50 PM   #8
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I'm swapping out my glass for better bottles to avoid the busted-glass scenario. Never dropped one of the glass, but I worry every time I pick it up. Latest order (due in today) has three better bottles in it; picked up one on my last trip to Memphis (closest homebrew store - about 70 miles away).

I waffled about getting the one with the spigot or not, but I've always worried that I'd come home to an empty carboy and a leaky spigot. Didn't want that, so skipped the spigot version.

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Old 01-04-2008, 09:56 PM   #9
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The spigots are great but they cost more than the bottles

 
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:12 PM   #10
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I really need to swap my equipment. I have one bucket with a spigot that I let pull double duty as a bottling and priming bucket a 7 gallon glass carboy and (5) 5 gallon glass carboys. Just for safety I should change over to better bottles or get a primary bucket to reduce the chance of spigot leak.

 
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