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Old 08-28-2008, 02:39 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Moonpile View Post
A carboy brush works just fine. No need to soak (though we do occasionally soak them, more out of laziness than anything else!).
only for glass, don't do that with a BB.

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Old 08-28-2008, 03:11 AM   #12
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I sold my glass carboys and ferment in buckets now. I ferment in my garage, which is 50 feet from my house. Carrying a full glass carboy that far, even in a crate, is unpleasant to say the least. Buckets are so much easier and safer.

I have 3 BBs. I use them as secondaries for my beer, and as primaries for cider and mead.

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Old 08-28-2008, 12:40 PM   #13
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I used a bucket for 2 or 3 batches, right up to my very first "active" fermentation, blew the airlock straight to the ceiling. For the last 5 years it's been glass and a blow-off tube. But I am going to try BBs since the glass carboy's have gotten so expensive.

I also like to watch the yeast in action!!!!!! People would never believe the things you see in there.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:20 AM   #14
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Plastic buckets. Cheap and easy to clean. Easy to carry.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:56 AM   #15
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Okay, I have a glass carboy and better bottle. Which one should I use as primary fermenter?

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Old 02-08-2009, 06:04 AM   #16
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Coin flipping....

you feeling strong today?

Heads! Glass!

oh fine... use the BB...
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:20 AM   #17
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I'm a fan of buckets too. I have a better bottle and a glass carboy as well as I'm in the process of rebuilding my home brewing rig. One of my favorite aspects of the buckets that hasn't been mentioned here as far as I can see is that they also make a good place to store your 'stuff' when you aren't brewing. Glass carboys and better bottles both take up space. You can even stack your buckets when they aren't in use.

Someone earlier in this thread made the point about the 'is my beer ruined' comments that seem to come from newer hobbyists who are watching what is going on inside a bottle fermenter. After you have brewed several batches, the 'watching' part isn't as interesting as it used to be. All of the fermenter buckets I have used in the past have lids that seal tightly with no problems, and I'm MUCH less likely to crack that lid open for any reason during the ferment. I just use a general rule of thumb for fermentation times and don't worry about checking the gravity during the ferment. I like to do a 10-day primary ferment and then rack to a secondary for 14 days. I will normally pull a gravity reading when I rack to the secondary, but after two weeks in the secondary, I KNOW my fermentation is complete and it's ready to bottle. I have never ever taken a gravity reading 3 days in a row to see if my fermentation has stopped. Maybe I'm just more patient than I should be
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:12 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by rmchair View Post
Okay, I have a glass carboy and better bottle. Which one should I use as primary fermenter?
If you have one of each, my suggestion would be to use the bucket for your primary, and save the BB for your secondary.

A better suggestion would be that you use your bucket for primary, skip the secondary altogether as many people do, and use the BB for Apfelwine.

I'm just sayin'...
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:34 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by rmchair View Post
Okay, I have a glass carboy and better bottle. Which one should I use as primary fermenter?
Use the bigger one! Better Bottles only go up to 6 gallons, and I feel like they're not quite big enough. If you have a 6.5 gallon carboy, that would be perfect for primary. If they are both 6 gallons, you can use either one. They are pretty much interchangeable.
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