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Plastic BetterBottles or Glass Carboys?

Feb 18, 2014

Our Brewer's Best Beer Brewing kits and Vintner's Best Wine Making Equipment kits come with the option of plastic fermenters (BetterBottles) or glass fermenters and customers typically ask "which is better"? My answer: Plastic

There are many stories about how glass carboys are better and they are simply not true. Better-Bottle carboys are every bit as good as glass and, in fact much better for several reasons.

  • Safer, safer, safer! There are many horror stories (as well as pictures) online of glass carboys exploding for no apparent reason.
  • After having made 100's of gallons of beer and wine in BetterBottles, I can attest to the fact that they are every bit as good as glass carboys for storage and ageing.
  • I would never consider using glass carboys again as they are dangerous, heavier and prone to cracking and breakage. BetterBottles are clearly the better choice.

Don't think of a BetterBottle carboy as plastic – think of them as better than glass, because they are made from a special, scientifically tested, polyethylene terephthalate copolymer (PET), which does not have the disadvantages of other plastics.

BetterBottle fermentation carboys are:

  • Designed to be strong, scuff resistant, easy to handle, and essentially unbreakable
  • Pure taste­ and odor­free, BPA­free, DEHP­free, and plasticizer­free
  • Virtually impermeable to oxygen
  • Clear and colorless
  • Incredibly light weight
  • Extraordinarily easy to wash and sanitize (no brushes necessary).

BetterBottle carboys are not at all like other plastic carboys. The special PET, used to make BetterBottle carboys, is non­absorbing, non­porous, and non­wetting (hydrophobic), so it will not carry over flavors from one batch of wine or beer to the next.

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