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Ditching the glass carboy...
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:55:39 AM »
I've decided to change fermentor methods and use my carboy as a huge paperweight.
What are you using outside of this? Looking into various plastic alternatives (buckets, Speidel, etc) and would like a spigot and BPA free. Thanks!


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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 11:58:33 AM »
I use buckets.  I know there are people who love the better bottles, but other than being unbreakable, they have all the other drawbacks that the carboy design has. 
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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 12:00:19 PM »
I use buckets.  I know there are people who love the better bottles, but other than being unbreakable, they have all the other drawbacks that the carboy design has.
And they have a built in handle!
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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 12:00:55 PM »
I do love my better bottles, but they are way too expensive if you want a spigot and racking arm. 
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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2014, 12:07:09 PM »
I use buckets.  I know there are people who love the better bottles, but other than being unbreakable, they have all the other drawbacks that the carboy design has.
And they have a built in handle!

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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2014, 12:16:50 PM »

I use buckets.  I know there are people who love the better bottles, but other than being unbreakable, they have all the other drawbacks that the carboy design has.
Which buckets?


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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2014, 12:21:41 PM »
Maybe take a look at the SS Brew Bucket.
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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2014, 12:22:34 PM »
I like my better bottles, but also like buckets.

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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2014, 12:33:03 PM »
Maybe if I was starting over I'd do buckets, but the spigots kind of creep me out.  Too many places for crud to hide.

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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2014, 12:53:42 PM »
Maybe if I was starting over I'd do buckets, but the spigots kind of creep me out.  Too many places for crud to hide.

I like my Better Bottles.  Just like a carboy, only better.

Buckets don't need to have spigots. I never trusted them either but for bottling. Over the years I have had a dozen or so spigot free buckets.

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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2014, 12:57:09 PM »
Maybe if I was starting over I'd do buckets, but the spigots kind of creep me out.  Too many places for crud to hide.

I like my Better Bottles.  Just like a carboy, only better.

Buckets don't need to have spigots. I never trusted them either but for bottling. Over the years I have had a dozen or so spigot free buckets.

Mine don't have spigots, or I wouldn't like them either.  I just use plain 8 gallon wine fermenter buckets. Plenty o' headspace  :

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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2014, 01:02:33 PM »
Most of the items ive had with stock plastic spigots have leaking issues.  I no longer use spigots, just a racking cane and some tubing and knowing not to splash:)
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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2014, 01:28:05 PM »
I have 1 glass carboy and 5 better bottle plastic carboys.  I choose the plastic.  Never used buckets so I can't say anything about them.  I just like to see my beer without having to take the lid off.  I use a ported carboy cap when kegging so only CO2 touches the beer.  I don't bottle.  That pretty much sums me up I guess.
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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2014, 01:36:49 PM »
Maybe if I was starting over I'd do buckets, but the spigots kind of creep me out.  Too many places for crud to hide.

I like my Better Bottles.  Just like a carboy, only better.

Buckets don't need to have spigots. I never trusted them either but for bottling. Over the years I have had a dozen or so spigot free buckets.

Right. I get that. I only mentioned it because the op is looking for something with a spigot.

You can also get Better Bottles with spigots. Mine do not have any.
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Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2014, 01:38:24 PM »
Maybe if I was starting over I'd do buckets, but the spigots kind of creep me out.  Too many places for crud to hide.

I like my Better Bottles.  Just like a carboy, only better.

Buckets don't need to have spigots. I never trusted them either but for bottling. Over the years I have had a dozen or so spigot free buckets.

Right. I get that. I only mentioned it because the op is looking for something with a spigot.

You can also get Better Bottles with spigots. Mine do not have any.

Ahh... I stand corrected. I know plenty of people that love their better bottle spigots, but I am too scared.

Irrational? maybe.