« on: August 23, 2010, 05:47:39 AM »
I use glass, buckets and stainless (I am all over the place!!) Moving carboys sucks. I recently slipped while carrying a carboy and I broke it. I have broken many over the years. Once I slipped into one and cut my leg pretty good. I also worry about the kids or dogs running and slipping into them (I keep them put away). I know of a guy who had serious lacerations from a broken carboy, serious "go to the hospital with pints of blood gushing from your arm" lacerations. The big cons are you have to clean them with a bottle brush. Cleaning buckets is much, much easier. You can use a soft sponge and worm soapy water and get everything out of there.
OTOH I have lost batches in buckets on a few occasions to fruit flies. As long as you have a carboy sealed with bung/airlock fruit flies can't get in. But they can get in under the bucket lid - or at least, their larvae can. But if you are careful to remover the beer from the bucket soon after fermentation is over you won;t have a problem.