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Old 10-01-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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Ive noticed that alot of people here use glass and plastic carboys for primary or secondary and in some cases both primary and secondary. Is their an advantage to using a plastic or glass carboy over a plastic bucket? Does the beer taste better or is it a matter of preference?

 
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:33 PM   #2
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debated many times. i have read that glass is better for long fermentations times due to its ability to block oxygen from getting at your beer but ive used the classic ale pales for every batch ive ever done and they work fine for me.

 
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:49 PM   #3
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Comes down to personal preference. I agree about the long term aging in glass, but I think in this case, it is to each his own. There are safety concerns with glass and cleaning concerns with plastic. You just have to be careful in each situation and go with what you prefer.

 
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:53 PM   #4
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really haven't noticed a difference if I use the glass carboy, plastic better bottle ,bucket or the SS conical. I just like to watch the beer swirl around the BB or the carboy... I'm weird that way but then again I like to watch the airlock/blowoff bubble away on the conical.



But really unless its going to be the plastic for months I don't think 02 would be a problem
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:05 PM   #5
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...But really unless its going to be the plastic for months I don't think 02 would be a problem
I've had wine and beer in better bottles for up to a year with no problems. I definitely wouldn't try that with a bucket though.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:29 PM   #6
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I would have to say it is a matter of preference. When I started brewing, I used the plastic bucket. Then as I accumulated more carboys I switched over to using them for Primary. Mainly because I had heard, once you scratch the plastic it is more difficult to make sure the bucket is sanitized.

I too enjoy watching the fermentation process through the clear carboys!

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Old 10-02-2008, 11:39 AM   #7
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:13 PM   #8
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glass all the way.

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:14 AM   #9
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has anybody ever had UV damage in a carboy? I'm just thinking that all the carboys are clear but yet I bottle everything in brown bottles. I'm new to brewing and have brewed a Dunkelweizen and a hard cider using friends equipment, but I figure that I need to get my own stuff at some point soon.

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:26 AM   #10
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has anybody ever had UV damage in a carboy? I'm just thinking that all the carboys are clear but yet I bottle everything in brown bottles. I'm new to brewing and have brewed a Dunkelweizen and a hard cider using friends equipment, but I figure that I need to get my own stuff at some point soon.
I keep mine in a interior bathroom bathtub in the basement. My wife also made a black carboy cover to keep the light out as well.

Overkill? Probably...but I wanted her to feel like she was a part of the process...makes her somewhat accountable for my hobby.

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