When I started brewing, I thought Carboys was a nickname for a mechanically inclined child. (Get it? Get it? Ah, oh well.)
All kidding aside, carboys are what you ferment your beer in. It can be glass, plastic (like Better Bottle) or even steel. Many breweries use stainless steel because it keeps light out and is also lighter than glass. For a brewery with a giant fermenter, it could be quite the hazard having a giant glass fermenter sitting next to a room full of inebriated craft beer enthusiasts.
What does this have to do with brewing?
It all comes down to what vessel is best so that you can ferment beer without any infections or off flavors. When I had that choice, I chose Better Bottle.
Better Bottle has a line of different carboys which are made from PET, a type of odor-less, taste-less plastic which is resistant to scratches. It doesn’t allow oxygen into the beer and is designed to not allow one batches’ flavors impact the next.
Plastic vs. Glass
Some brewers prefer glass because it’s resistant to scratches and easy to clean. However, the danger with glass is that if dropped there is a chance for some nasty glass shards to fly out and potential injure someone. For this reason, I prefer the Better Bottle.
Glass is also larger (comes in 6.5 gallon size) which can eliminate a potential blow-off. The downside is that glass is also typically more expensive.
Better Bottle Tips
The only issues I’ve had with Better Bottle is that it can be scratched easier than glass, of course. Make sure to follow the instructions on the Better Bottle’s website. With this said, I haven’t had any issues with scratches on my Better Bottle, even with shaking the hell out of it.
I highly recommend the Better Bottle, not only to save a bit of money (it only runs about $20-30 depending on shipping and location) but also for the safety aspect. Brewing is fun, but for me it’s definitely not worth getting cut up. I’ll leave the cutting to my wallet after I buy that new fermentation chamber.
It comes in 3 sizes for now, 3 gallon (11.4L), 5 gallon (18.9L) and 6 gallon (22.7L).
Hope you enjoyed this Better Bottle Review. Cheers!