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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer for primary?
Glass carboy 87 34.80%
Better Bottle 57 22.80%
Bucket 106 42.40%
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:15 AM   #11
Apr 2007
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I ferment in a conical now, but all of my carboys are glass. I really like glass, even though it is heavy and can be dangerous.

I don't have any Better Bottles, but I have long said that if I have to buy another carboy, it'll be a BB due to the lighter weight, lower risk of injury, and lessened chance of loosing a batch of beer. But.... I have recently started making wine, and wine has to be degassed. It is a bit easier to do this in a glass carboy as you can use a mightyvac or vacuvin or similar vacuum system. Vacuum degassing won't work with a BB. So I may end up buying a few more glass 6 gallon carboys after all.
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:26 AM   #12
Jan 2008
Eagle NE
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I started with a 6.5 carboy and a 5 gallon carboy for secondary both glass. I have a ale pail with spigot, and a 5 gallon and 2 3.5 gallon hy vee icing buckets. I like the glass carboys, the 6.5 makes a good primary for beer, the 5 gallon is a little small as its 5 gallon to the top. The 6.5 actually holds more than 6.5 gallons. Buckets are good, but I dont trust them as secondaries, too much headspace.
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:27 AM   #13
Dec 2008
Tampa, FL
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Originally Posted by uglygoat View Post
i have a lot of glass but will not be buying anymore. got my first bb, and due to several factors, cost of glass exploding like my last dropped carboy, and my last dropped carboy, and the light weight of the bb, i will be only purchasing bb in the future.

my stamp of approval for bb, for what it's worth...
I'm with you, also have some glass, but don't see the point of getting more glass after using the better bottles.

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:00 AM   #14
Apr 2008
New Jersey
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You need to add a choice of
" whatever I have that is empty"

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Old 12-26-2008, 02:01 PM   #15
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Oct 2008
Central Florida
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I almost always use my bottling bucket as primary and secondary in a glass carboy or another bucket to free up my "primary" for bottling. I primary for at least 2-3 weeks and honestly I use the bottling bucket because it's big enough not to need a blow off and I haven't bothered buying a dedicated primary bucket of equal size... I'd have to also agree with the "whatever is available" post though because I am an opportunity brewer who rarely gets to plan more than a couple days in advance when I'll have a free day to brew. My last brew went into a bucket from ACE because I couldn't get some gunk out of my available carboy quick enough and my bottling bucket was already in use as a primary... I did get a reminder of why I like the bigger bucket though as I tried to use a regular airlock and had a blowoff though it.

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Old 12-26-2008, 05:51 PM   #16
Sep 2008
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If I must use a carboy it better be plastic.

I prefer buckets though, no funnels needed!

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Old 12-27-2008, 05:05 AM   #17
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The OP has a simple request that merits no debate and I ask that you honor it.

Declaring "dead horse" is almost beating a dead horse unto itself.

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Old 12-27-2008, 06:27 AM   #18
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Feb 2008
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I prefer Glass:

My Pros:
They are only $20 a piece at the LHBS (with airlock and handle)
No worries of Scratching and opening to contamination
No having to pry off a lid from a bucket or worry about the lid being sealed

My Cons:
Must be VERY careful
So Heavy when full

- I'll probably eventually try a Better Bottle -- the reason I switched to glass though was to be safer about scratching the inside and opening it to bugs.
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:45 PM   #19
Jolly McStanson
Jan 2008
Newport RI
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I just dropped $45 a piece for two glass carboys. The guy at the store talked me out of the better bottle because there plastic and eventually absorb beer flavors.

I plan on making a lot of beer, at least five gallons a week. Then I will wait the six weeks or what ever to drink the first batch. This way I will actually wait until the beer has aged enough to taste really good and not be green still. We drink about five gallons of beer a week.

After primary fermentation I will rack the beer to glass and store it.
I'm not sure if I would want to store beer in plastic down cellar. But then again i'm trying to justify dropping all the cash for carboys, lol.

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:15 AM   #20
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Nov 2007
College Station, TX
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I've only used a bucket once, and was happy with it, but now that I am doing AG 10 gal batches I am short 1 fermenter, and hey, just happen to have these plastic bucket fermenters...

I rarely use secondaries anymore, so what about using a bucket as a primary for as long as 3 weeks? Should the headspace issue be moot if the lid is never removed?

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