Originally Posted by DeathBrewer
i've broken two carboys. both times it was because i did something stupid.
the weight sucks and the chance of breaking is higher. other than that, they are the best IMO. so much easier to clean, will last forever, and i still like to see what's going on with my fermentation.
start fermenting in kegs and i think you'll need to take them apart every few times you use them just to ensure they are clean. just seems like more trouble than its worth to me. if you're worried about shatters, i would agree with budbo on trying the better bottles.
keg for the secondary is great, tho. from there you can cold condition and tap straight from the keg, you could use it as a bright tank, or you can filter to another keg. it gives great options.
For me, the kegs are easier to clean. And buckets are easier to clean than either kegs or carboys. And I don't care about watching the fermentation - I just open the lid on keg or bucket to check on it.
I always disassemble my kegs after every use. 10 seconds with a ratchet - give all the parts a hot water soak and rinse - a StarSan soak - and put it back together in 30 seconds. Takes me less time than scrubbing a carboy.
I considered using the better bottles, but I already had the kegs. I tried them - I liked them - and I haven't used a carboy in over a year. I encourage everyone to try it - you won't be disappointed.
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Kegged - Where's Waldo Amber Ale
Dry peppering - Jalapeno Wheat
On the fruit - Currant Wheat and Huckleberry Wheat
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