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5 gallon Better Bottle PET Carboy
FE317

5 gallon Better Bottle PET Carboy

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Description

Better Bottle is a name known in the home beer and winemaking for their quality products.  Plastic PET carboys are much safer than glass carboys; not only because they weigh less, but they will also not explode into shrapnel if dropped!  These are made from Virgin PET and manufactured in such a way that the molecules are tightly packed, and less susceptible to oxygen transfer, resulting in better wine and beer!

Aside from it's advantages over glass carboys, the Better Bottle is relatively impermeable to oxygen.  This means that for your wine's or beer destined for aging, this is a perfect choice for an aging vessel!  When using the Better Bottle and it's accessories, the transfer rate of oxygen is lower than that suggested for Micro-oxygenation, and insignificant when compared to the amount of oxygen transferred through other bottles and their stoppers.

Winemakers storing wine for long periods should use the optional Better Bottle PET closures available for this product. You will be interested to read the technical, but very informative .pdf attached this product in the documents tab.

Specifications

  • Uses a #10 stopper or a 5 Gallon Carboy Hood w/ white caps.
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Temperature Tolerance: 140° F
  • Height: 19.5 inches
  • Diameter: 10.5 inches
  • Completely taste and odor free
Item # FE317
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 2 LBS
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Much easier to handle tha glass
John S on Nov 16, 2019
To make wine
Amanda I on Sep 24, 2019
Much easier to handle tha glass
John S on Nov 16, 2019
Better than plain plastic carboys
Eric W on Oct 4, 2019
To make wine
Amanda I on Sep 24, 2019
reviews
Malcolm M on Aug 28, 2019
More substantial than other comparable PET carboys
Richard S on Jun 22, 2019
Prefer safety and weight of plastic over glass
Brandon W on May 30, 2019
Better quality than your low price bottle.
David C on Jan 31, 2019
I purchased one in the past and they are the best bottles
Jennifer W on Jan 25, 2019
old one had a leak
Eric H on Nov 20, 2018
I have one already and I really like them.
Rob M on Jul 16, 2018
Best PET carboy out there!
Richard Sheremeta on Jul 13, 2018
first time you drop a glass carboy you will know why
Joseph S on Feb 5, 2018
Tired of Worrying about breaking glass. Secondary
Gregory S on Jan 10, 2018
Better than plain plastic carboys
Eric W on Oct 4, 2019
reviews
Malcolm M on Aug 28, 2019
Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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I move my wine with a vacuum pump. First attempt to rack and the vacuum collapsed the plastic bottle. Also be aware that the opening is much larger than the glass carboys and requires a size 10 stopper. On the plus side my giant funnel fits in the neck. So I will use these only during press.
November 16, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Best Bottle....
These PET carboys are far better than other comparable ones that I've tried over the last six or so years
July 14, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
great bottle
bottles came in great brand new condition
April 6, 2019
Purchased
9 months ago
Great Bottle
Much stronger than other PET carboys and way lighter than glass. Have 3, 5 and 6 gallon jugs and wouldn't be without them
August 3, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
light weight, crystal clear
I love these, with one concern. Unlike a rigid glass carboy, these can't be moved without replacing your airlock with a solid stopper. When a full Better Bottle is picked up by the carboy handle (or any other way), the volume changes and it either sucks in air and dirty water or sanitizer through the airlock and into your wine, or it spurts CO2 or even a little wine through the other way, often both blowing out and then sucking back in as you pick up and set down. Remember to swap in a solid closure, or use the 1/2" Better Bottle one-way airlock valves (no longer available from MoreWine?).
June 25, 2018
These will not last under frequent use
I've had two 5 Gal Better Bottles in rotation, in almost constant use. Even taking care not to use hot water, PBW or any caustics to clean, and setting them carefully on a towel (no concrete or rough surfaces), both of them still managed to deteriorate sufficiently to crack along the bottom and leak.
If you're an occasional user, I guess they're worth the money if you don't want to lug glass, but I brew weekly - they just don't stand up to the use.
May 5, 2015
Great Fermenter
I have three of these bottles and love them. They are super lightweight, impermeable and easy to clean and handle. You can't use brushes with these or they scratch inside. Luckily, they are somewhat resistant to stuff sticking in them vs glass, but they can get gunky with aggressive fermentations. To clean out, I shove a small rag inside and add a cup of cleaning solution (PBW, etc) then, swirl/agitate the rag around inside to clean off any residue. Turn it upside down and pull out the rag with your index finger.

The one gripe about them is the size of the 6 gal. Its too small to use as a primary if you want to use the 5 gal as a secondary. In order to be able to use the 5 gal as a secondary, you want to fill it to the neck to minimize headspace. This means you need to start the 6 gal primary with 5.5 + gal in order to have enough to rack off into the secondary. This leaves inadequate headspace in the 6 gal primary for most fermentations. Because of this, I stopped doing secondary fermentations in the 5 gal better bottle and now use purged kegs instead.
October 1, 2014
Great carboy
Light, comes clean easily, no danger of breaking.
Would recommend over glass.
May 24, 2014
works great
Much lighter than glass and easier to move around. Be careful not to scratch it while cleaning, also when moving it when it's full it can suck the sanitizer from your air lock into your brew
May 14, 2014