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Old 10-12-2008, 04:59 PM   #11
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Plastic for me all the way.

Easier to carry with the handle I can actually use.
Don't have to watch fermentation - YUCKO!
Can haul in and out of fermentation freezer easily.
Dry hopping is very easy with the wide bucket opening.
Retired buckets always have a good use.
Don't have to watch fermentation - YUCKO!!

I have three glass carboys taking up space. I suppose when I brew a really big beer that needs a good long secondary and I plan to bottle, I'll use them then.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:43 AM   #12
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I have two plastic primary fermenters a 6.5 gal & 7.9 gal. The 7.9 Gal I use for beers that have Lots of krausen. Plastic seems to be going good for me so far. I clean after use with "Clorox Free & clear Soap" & a clean soft sponge. I also use "One Step" On brew and bottling day, so far no problems with taste or scratching.
I DO use glass 5 Gal secondarys though.
So I guess use whatever you feel comfortable with. I can tell you that the Glass is more difficult to maneuver and store.

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Old 10-13-2008, 08:10 AM   #13
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:25 AM   #14
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glass for me, but they are gonna be harder to get(if you dont' got them already), and more expensive i think then the plastic bottles/pails.
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:35 PM   #15
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You know, I used to brew in a glass carboy, but that was before I found out about 'primaries' and 'secondaries'. Then I got a brewing bucket and used that as a primary. Works great. Now I doubt I'd ever use the glass carboy again, unless it was for wine or mead or something VERY heavy.

The plastic bucket works great, and is much easier to deal with when transferring. Plus, I dont' worry about scratches, because it's so easy to get your arm in there and wash with a sponge.

Buckets FTW!

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