Has anyone used the Better Bottle? Does it work well and are there really any benefits. Going to buy my first secondary fermentor and either this or just a 5 gal glass carboy. I think the glass carboy full of beer looks better...
Yeah lifting wont be a problem. Its special plastic called PET. Suppossedly its nonporus and all that. I am a bit concerned it could get scratched and be difficult to sanitize. One obvious advantage is it has a racking spigot, kinda nice.
I switched to Better Bottles because at 58 and with weak knees it was hard and somewhat hazardous for me to carry glass carboys up and down the stairs where I had to put my fermenter. (chest freezer)
I too had concerns about scratches but so far I have found that this is a non issue and that they clean up easier than the glass carboys. The krausen that sticks to the sides which was the hardest to clean off the glass doesn't stick as well to the PET. I fill mine with a dose of oxyclean, wait a couple of hours and one swish with the bottle brush and it comes off completely.
I also love the long neck which makes it easier to pick up out of my chest freezer and the fact that it is light as a feather.
I have 4 of them now and I will never go back to glass.
Edit: The question is "Are Better Bottles Better?" No, not better, just different and it depends on your needs.