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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2011, 10:04:16 AM »
I'd like a stainless conical, but I got 13 6.5gal Italian glass carboys with screw caps two years ago for $15 each.
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2011, 10:55:16 AM »
Plastic. I moved from buckets to Better Bottle and am contemplating a move back to food-grade buckets (with a separate question in the equipment forum). It has been useful/fun to watch the fermentation process, but to get the wort into the BB I transfer it into a bucket and then into a BB anyway, and as others have noted, buckets are easier to clean. If it's easier to clean it's likely to be cleaner. (That said, warm water and an OxyClean clone cleaner work miracles.)

I am a sissy girl and can barely lift an empty glass carboy, so a full one would have to sit wherever I filled it. :)

One last thing about buckets: less chance of getting light-struck. For my BB fermenters I use an inverted grocery bag with a hole punched in the bottom (after one time when someone left a light on in a closet I use for fermenting), but again, a bucket takes care of that.
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2011, 11:55:00 AM »
I have both glass and better bottles.  I use both because I have them and am really quite a cheapskate.  I primary in 6.5g glass and typically secondary in better bottles.  If I have more than 2 beers in play I secondary  in my 5g glass bottles.  Both work with no issues so far.  Now if I drop a glass carboy and lose a hand I might change my mind.   ;)

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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2011, 01:22:35 PM »
Plastic. glass is way to heavy.

Glass. If you can't lift your carboy maybe you should take up knitting.

I was speaking for the masses, ya know the pencil pushing dress up types. Its easy to lift carboys at the end of the day if the heaviest thing you lift all day is a cup of coffee. I can lift a glass carboy with one hand I just dont want to cause the damn thing pops in half some times with a one handed neck lift.  ;D

Seriously though, they are too damn heavy, not so much the weight as the awkwardness. Then its just horrible when you drop them. ..and I have actually been thinking of macrame.




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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2011, 01:25:35 PM »
Plastic. glass is way to heavy.

Glass. If you can't lift your carboy maybe you should take up knitting.
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2011, 02:24:45 PM »
Plastic. glass is way to heavy.

Glass. If you can't lift your carboy maybe you should take up knitting.
Knitting 101 is coming to this household.  ;)

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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2011, 03:28:28 PM »
Stainless is for men, plastic is for women, glass is for fools.
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2011, 03:34:06 PM »
Now that's a great epigram.

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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2011, 03:40:57 PM »
Plastic for primary, stainless for 'secondary' - I can also carbonate and serve out of my secondary :)

Really, why spend $30-35 on a carboy or better bottle when you can get a corny for that much and start your keg collection for an eventual upgrade to a kegging system!?

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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2011, 04:59:37 PM »
Plastic. glass is way to heavy.

Glass. If you can't lift your carboy maybe you should take up knitting.

I was speaking for the masses, ya know the pencil pushing dress up types. Its easy to lift carboys at the end of the day if the heaviest thing you lift all day is a cup of coffee. I can lift a glass carboy with one hand I just dont want to cause the damn thing pops in half some times with a one handed neck lift.  ;D

Seriously though, they are too damn heavy, not so much the weight as the awkwardness. Then its just horrible when you drop them. ..and I have actually been thinking of macrame.


Couldja macrame me a carboy carrier?  ;D
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2011, 05:47:30 PM »
I used the buckets when I started and still do when everything else is full. I go stainless first. Have to. For what I paid for it, it needs to be full of beer all the time! When the conical is full I go to the glass and when the glass is full, I start filling buckets. Would like to get a couple better bottles and lose the glass. I like using the glass for the most part but the breakage and the horror stories I've heard make me want to get rid of them.
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2011, 12:32:40 PM »
This is what a 6-gallon glass carboy of Irish Red Ale looks like after you drop it.  I wasn't carrying it by the handle, but was hugging it with one arm.  I lost my balance on the steps and had one of two options:  Stumble forward and try to save the carboy, or watch it shatter.

I've heard enough stories and know enough about this glass to watch it smash.  I decided to order a plastic 6-gallon to replace it and start working with that material.  I'll give it a shot and see how I like it.

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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2011, 01:00:31 PM »
I have stainless, glass and plastic fermenters.  i use the stainless most of the time, then when it's full I use my plastic buckets.  Only when I'm making a slow fermenting beverage like cider or mead will I use the glass carboy, and then only if I can fill it and drain it without ever having to move it.  Right now I have one cider in a carboy and 5 gallons of cider vinegar, but they'll be sitting until they're ready late this year and won't have to be moved.
As far as the quality of the results I don't notice any real difference between the three materials.  It's the skill and techniques of the brewer that determines the quality of the beer, not the fermenter material.
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2011, 01:03:10 PM »
If you use glass, just don't carry it around, unless it's empty.
Fill & rack, in your fermentation room...Problem solved.
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Re: Glass or Plastic
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2011, 01:08:37 PM »
Clear path, one hand on the neck and one on the bottom . . . carrying a full carboy around is no problem.  But do what you like, as long as it works for you.
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