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Maylar

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I'm looking for a couple 5 gallon PET carboys to use as semi-long term bulk aging with my ciders and meads. I have a 3 gallon Better Bottle that I've used for years and I really like it. But the 5 gallon size seems to not be in stock anywhere. There are other "brands" (no name) more readily available, but I question the materials' suitability and O2 permeability as compared to the proven Better Bottle.

They need to be clear with a narrow neck so I can fill them up to the top and eliminate head space. Typical bulk age time is 1-2 years before bottling. So, what I'm asking is are there any real significant differences between the PET jugs that are out there, and does anyone have recommendations one way or the other?

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I would suggest looking into Fermonsters. They are good quality PET, sturdy, and you can install a spigot. I have two 7g fermonsters and love them. They would work fine for aging as well. My concern with using a narrow-necked PET carboy would be cleaning it after you decant your beer; can't use anything scratchy (like a carboy brush) with them. Fermonsters have the wide neck that facilitates easy cleaning with a soft sponge or cloth. And they're relatively inexpensive.
 

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I use Vintage Shop PET carboys. You can get them ported or not, wide-mouth or narrow, many sizes. I got mine from MoreBeer along with a soft bristled brush ok for PET.
 
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