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Plastic carboy
« on: May 25, 2013, 07:56:43 AM »
I've seriously considered replacing my glass primary carboy with this.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/brewing-equipment/fermenting-equipment/the-bubbler-6-gallon.html

Any downside to this over glass? I have a creeping suspicion that one day the glass carboy will drop, break, and cause a number of issues.


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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 08:09:04 AM »
It looks to be the same type of product as a Better Bottle PET product and IME they work very well with no issues. I do find that being only 6 gallons instead of the 6.5 gallon bucket, head space can be an issue and definitely require a blow off tube!

I've primarily gone to only using buckets as I find them easier to deal with, head space is better and since I dry hop in primary, access is much easier as well as cleaning. I really don't care what my beer looks like fermenting:D
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 08:49:36 AM »
It looks to be the same type of product as a Better Bottle PET product and IME they work very well with no issues. I do find that being only 6 gallons instead of the 6.5 gallon bucket, head space can be an issue and definitely require a blow off tube!

I've primarily gone to only using buckets as I find them easier to deal with, head space is better and since I dry hop in primary, access is much easier as well as cleaning. I really don't care what my beer looks like fermenting:D

+1 on the size deficiency, at least for use  as a primary...for that purpose, 6.5 or 7gal would be much more useful. I use a 7 gal carboy and a blowoff tube has never been necessary.
As others will undoubtedly state. a bucket is the simplest solution. 
Really, I only continue using the carboy because I'm a stubborn bastard.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 08:58:06 AM »
It looks to be the same type of product as a Better Bottle PET product and IME they work very well with no issues. I do find that being only 6 gallons instead of the 6.5 gallon bucket, head space can be an issue and definitely require a blow off tube!

I've primarily gone to only using buckets as I find them easier to deal with, head space is better and since I dry hop in primary, access is much easier as well as cleaning. I really don't care what my beer looks like fermenting:D
Which buckets are you using?

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 09:33:16 AM »

It looks to be the same type of product as a Better Bottle PET product and IME they work very well with no issues. I do find that being only 6 gallons instead of the 6.5 gallon bucket, head space can be an issue and definitely require a blow off tube!

I've primarily gone to only using buckets as I find them easier to deal with, head space is better and since I dry hop in primary, access is much easier as well as cleaning. I really don't care what my beer looks like fermenting:D
Which buckets are you using?

I use 6.5 gallon Ale Pails and true Blue pails that I get from my LHBS, $16.00 with a pre-drilled lid.
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 10:37:52 AM »
Buckets! I don't own a carboy

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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2013, 11:44:38 AM »
Brewer's Best wine fermenter buckets.  They're just under 8 gallons, which lets me stay in plastic and not be limited by the size of Better Bottles. They're pre-drilled too, and I get them for under $20.  I use Better Bottles for long term secondary on occasion for RIS, Barleywine, etc.
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2013, 08:33:58 AM »
In my opinion, the downside of the plastic carboy is cleaning it. I've had gunk that wouldn't come off after 24 hour soakings with PBW. A brush really isn't an option due to scratch potential.
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2013, 04:30:27 AM »
 I started out using a bucket.
Then moved to a glass carboy, till it broke.
Then bought a couple Better Bottles. I have been using them for a few years and they do work just fine.
Recently I bought a bucket, because I wanted an easy way to top crop yeast, and might start using them for all my beers.
They are inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to move around, and easy to add dry hops or top crop yeast.



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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2013, 07:16:33 AM »
I've used Better Bottles for years and they are all I use these days.  I got rid of all my glass carboys last summer after one cracked with my kids nearby.

You do need to use care in cleaning them.  I put an old sock on a bottle brush so that I don't scratch them but I've found most gunk will come off with a good long soak.

I've never really used buckets, but I can see where they'd be convenient.
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 07:50:39 AM »
Another Better Bottle fan here.  Extended soak tends to clean everything out for me.  I also have a keg/carboy washer that I built for those really stubborn stains.  I have mostly 6 gallon BB but do have a couple 5 gallon ones (from my silly secondary days), which did come in handy for mead and cider aging.

I always use a blowoff tube so the headspace issue doesn't affect me much.
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2013, 08:23:05 AM »
I just started using these Speidel fermenters and they are great.  http://morebeer.com/products/speidel-plastic-fermenter-30l-79-gal.html?site_id=9

They are hard plastic with handles built onto the sides.  At just under 8 gallons, I have plenty of head space.  The wide opening makes cleaning a lot easier than regular carboys.  The spigot valve makes racking a breeze.  They are a little pricey compared to regular carboys, but well worth the money in my opinion. 
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013, 08:55:18 AM »
I just started using these Speidel fermenters and they are great.  http://morebeer.com/products/speidel-plastic-fermenter-30l-79-gal.html?site_id=9

They are hard plastic with handles built onto the sides.  At just under 8 gallons, I have plenty of head space.  The wide opening makes cleaning a lot easier than regular carboys.  The spigot valve makes racking a breeze.  They are a little pricey compared to regular carboys, but well worth the money in my opinion.

Wow! Those look awesome.  I am going to have to look into those.  Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2013, 10:32:11 AM »
I fell in love with Cambro buckets. I paid $12 each but just found them on line for $9.70

http://m.webstaurantstore.com/cambro-rfs22pp-190-22-qt-round-storage-container-translucent/214RFS22PP.htm

I drill a 1" hole for my spigot and 5/8" for my airlock or blowoff

Sturdy, foodgrade, easy clean, plenty of head space, marked for volume, see through enough you can watch your sea monkeys lol



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Re: Plastic carboy
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2013, 04:22:43 PM »
Bumping this again to see if anyone will reply. After my last brew (only my second) I think I'm done with the glass carboys. The danger and weight is enough to give them up.

Is anyone using a plastic fermentor that doesn't hold in odors after cleaning?