Thanks to the advice given in response to my previous post, I’m planning a new small-batch brewing setup. The big question for me now is: glass or plastic? The setup I’m (temporarily) abandoning consists of a plastic bucket for the primary fermenter and a pair of 5-gal. glass carboys as secondaries. The new setup will require three carboys, I think, in order to have two batches going at once (the second batch will need somewhere to go once it’s time for the secondary).
So do you folks think I ought to go with glass or plastic carboys? I’m concerned about the permeability of plastic. Even if I never have contamination problems, I don’t want any flavors being retained between batches. But glass is fragile, and thus potentially dangerous. Also, the plastic carboys to which you can attach a spigot seem as if they would cut down on waste when racking or bottling. Which is as far as my deliberations have gone, as I’ve realized I lack the experience to come up with a definite answer on my own.