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Offline ahgrafx

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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #45 on: August 04, 2020, 09:59:55 PM »
Wow I actually just purchased my first large fermenters and this makes me regret it, I have a batch going in a 6.5gal fermenter I am going to be extremely careful draining and probably get rid of them. What's the next best option to not interoffice any off flavors plastic and metal scares me for my cider.

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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #46 on: August 05, 2020, 03:16:12 AM »
I'm still using the same bucket I bought for my first beer eleven years ago with no plastic off flavors and I have HDPE carboys nearly the same age and same thing. Unless you abuse plastic with inappropriate chemicals or melt them you shouldn't have off flavors. An enormous amount of food is transported and sold in HDPE containers.
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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #47 on: August 05, 2020, 02:20:27 PM »
Wow I actually just purchased my first large fermenters and this makes me regret it, I have a batch going in a 6.5gal fermenter I am going to be extremely careful draining and probably get rid of them. What's the next best option to not interoffice any off flavors plastic and metal scares me for my cider.

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I've used plastic for many batches of cider....no problem.  I've also used SS.  Why does metal scare you?
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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2020, 02:22:00 PM »
True. But food containers are not meant for indefinite use. All materials break down And leach over time from use, UV, etc. IMO taste is probably not a good test to determine condition.
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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #49 on: August 11, 2020, 04:12:19 AM »
Glad that you're okay OP. Lessons learned are valuable. I've dropped panes of glass and had them shatter. Wife screaming at me for hours was worse than my finger cuts.


i agree glass is dangerous and out dated, the selection of ss buckets and other plastic fermenters out there provide us much better options but if you are gonna use a glass carboy use a milk crate with it, dont handle esp full carboys with your bare hands duder, its only a matter of time, sorry you got hurt dude

Good addition. I think I'm going to set up some protective stuff for them now. I'm tired of worrying about them while carrying.

Anyone? I have not had good experiences with plastic carboys. I just perceived that the beer was staler. Any opinions? That's why I've always gone with glass.

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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2020, 01:52:41 PM »
Glad that you're okay OP. Lessons learned are valuable. I've dropped panes of glass and had them shatter. Wife screaming at me for hours was worse than my finger cuts.


i agree glass is dangerous and out dated, the selection of ss buckets and other plastic fermenters out there provide us much better options but if you are gonna use a glass carboy use a milk crate with it, dont handle esp full carboys with your bare hands duder, its only a matter of time, sorry you got hurt dude

Good addition. I think I'm going to set up some protective stuff for them now. I'm tired of worrying about them while carrying.

Anyone? I have not had good experiences with plastic carboys. I just perceived that the beer was staler. Any opinions? That's why I've always gone with glass.

I think it's equally likely it's confirmation bias, unless you tested it with a split batch.
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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #51 on: August 11, 2020, 02:50:10 PM »
I knew from the beginning that I'm too big of a clutz to be trusted with glass.

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Re: PSA: Please retire your glass carboys!
« Reply #52 on: August 11, 2020, 08:54:30 PM »
Glad that you're okay OP. Lessons learned are valuable. I've dropped panes of glass and had them shatter. Wife screaming at me for hours was worse than my finger cuts.


i agree glass is dangerous and out dated, the selection of ss buckets and other plastic fermenters out there provide us much better options but if you are gonna use a glass carboy use a milk crate with it, dont handle esp full carboys with your bare hands duder, its only a matter of time, sorry you got hurt dude

Good addition. I think I'm going to set up some protective stuff for them now. I'm tired of worrying about them while carrying.

Anyone? I have not had good experiences with plastic carboys. I just perceived that the beer was staler. Any opinions? That's why I've always gone with glass.

I think it's equally likely it's confirmation bias, unless you tested it with a split batch.

I remember now, I used PET carboy style containers about 21litres in size that were designed to be used to store fruit liqueurs. Could have been confirmation bias, but I had one or two glass ones and one or two of these PET plastic ones. I think I will buy a branded better bottle one and give it a shot again. Tired of carrying heavy glass anyway.