Mr_Tastyfish wrote:Plastic buckets work fine, but are prone to staining and can hold onto smells (though this doesn't seem to normally affect the flavour from one beer to the next). Plastic is also much easier to scratch during regular cleaning, and these scratch marks can potentially harbour bacteria that could infect a batch of wort. Using glass carboys eliminates these issues. They really aren't that difficult to clean, but breaking one has sent more than one brewer to the hospital for stitches. There are of course, other options like the Better Bottle or Fermonster (both made of PET plastic) or more expensive stainless steel fermenters. Which is "better" all depends on what qualities you really desire in a fermenter.
What mr tastyfish said. I have gone through carboys buckets and am now using ss brew bucket. Carboys can be a pia to clean and i almost sent myself to the hospital breaking one, and i have had a bad batch out of a plastic bucket that seemed to affect the next batch as well.
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I use glass carboys for any beer requiring more than a few weeks in primary (big beers), or which needs protection from oxygen (IPAs), or which has souring bugs in it. Down side is that they can be dangerous if broken, so take care!
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As far as cleaning, I fill it up with hot water and oxyclean, and let it sit for a day. Rinse with hot water, and viola. The plastic of the FF will take on a smell, mostly from dry hops I have used in it, but it hasn't affected any of the brews I have put through it.
I'd love a stainless steel one but they're 10X the price of a Fermonster so hard to justify.
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