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Selecting a Fermenter


Ken Stech — Pendleton, South Carolina asks,

I’ve been brewing for 30-ish years. Not being as young as I used to be, it’s time to move on from my old reliable glass carboys for fermentation. But what should I get? I’d prefer to steer clear of plastic buckets. There are stainless steel fermenters and the cheaper plastic conical fermenters. I’m not sure which route to go.

I liked my glass because I could take a peek at the batch, but mostly because they are relatively easy to clean. But, they are heavy and even with a handle or lift straps, hard to carry. I do mostly 5-gallon (19-L) batches and the occasional 2.5- to 3-gallon (9- to 11-L) batch.

This is a straight-up opinion question and I will give you my thoughts sans specific type or brand. And as a reminder to seasoned readers and news to newer readers, 20 years
Response by Ashton Lewis.