Whichever way you go (glass or Better Bottle) I recommend keeping them in milk crates. This makes it easier to lift and move them, protects the glass from inadvertent bumps/shattering, and helps to keep the BBs from flexing when you move them.
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Glass doesn't scratch, and plastic doesn't shatter. Both work well. If you do any extended aging in the carboy, I would recommend glass. Otherwise, I think it's just personal preference.
And Camp Pendleton? Semper Fi. I spent some time there in the 90s...
I don't really buy the idea that micro brewers are really competing with macros. Lamborghini doesn't compete with Ford.
Especially when we are talking about Goose Island or Craft Brewer's Alliance, we all need to pay attention to what's inside the bottle.
But you should make sure you dont' end up with so much that you can taste it
I'm less concerned with the faux-craft labeling than the fact that the big boys control so much of the distribution network. That's really where they can kill off the smaller guys.
On the bread knife though I would say save some money and get a cheap stamped blade. They are a pain to sharpen anyway and with the serations you dont' really need to for a very long time. I have a $15 henckly stamped blade bread knife that works just fine
But I like my Chinese-made $8 chef's knife bought at the local grocery store! Virtually indistinguishable from my Henckles Fine-edge Pro sontoku in blade construction, forging and quality for a fifth of the price. The steel is marginally different- slightly softer but can hold a very sharp edge. I hand-sharpen all my knives and suggest avoiding anything cheap with a "ground-edge" BTW.
I figure they're probably made in the same place. Twenty years ago a cheap knife was exactly that.
slightly softer as in having lead in the alloy?
I almost fell off the catwalk on the Jack Daniels tour when I leaned out over the fermenting vats and took a big whiff.