..."the go.." ??? ....umm what kinda info u thinkin of?
glass/plastic, size/price, where do u get'm, ...... ??
basically "the go" is to fill'em with 'wort'n yeast, fit airlock n let'em rip!!
but I assume you do have some as yet unanswered questions .....
please be a bit more specific , ...someone'll soon helpya to launch your adventure into the brotherhood/(sisterhood..?) of Alchemy that is brewing!
I have a glass fermenter well that's what I call it, whether the real is a carboy or not I'm not so sure but anyway.
They are a real bugger to clean, the top is rather small where you can place a bung (rubber thing) and the airlock. The worst part about is the cleaning as you can't get your hands in there and scrub away.
On the bright side you can see all the crap sitting on the bottom and you know it's ready to be bottled without actually needing to take a hydrometer reading.
I use 2x 30L Plastic fermenters and 1x 25L Glass fermenter which I use for racking into a keg.
Yes, lots of North Americans use glass carboys. Go to any North American brewing list and follow a discussion of glass vs plastic and you'll read arguments about how plastic allows oxygen to permeate over time. Maybe this is an issue for longterm conditioning (don't ask me how long - haven't a clue and it may not matter anyway). However I've had brews in plastic secondary for a couple of months with no ill effects - or at least none that I've tasted.
A side by side comparison maybe useful - same batch split between plastic and glass - long term storage and then a taste test.
Glass is good for watching whats happening. However you can always see the process in miniature by watching a yeast starter in a clear container.
And yes - I wouldn't want to cart around a full glass carboy - bad enough lifting and moving a full plastic bucket .
Another argument I just remembered is that plastic gets scratched and that these scratches can harbour bacteria that might affect the beer. I'm yet to see any evidence of this and I've brewed a lot of batches in plastic. My current plastic fermenters are a few years old and I'm not looking at replacing them any time soon.
Yes I was wondering again about carboys after watching a recent starter. I'd grabbed a fair sized glob of yeast from a primary for a starter and it really went to town - even more entertaining than my regular starters (must have been the amount of yeast). Anyway, I can only imagine the entertainment value of a carboy going full throttle.
I use the small glass carboys (1 gallon?) to make my mead in. I do worry about the long term oxygen permeation thats a possibility with plastic, and mead is a long slow process.
The other good thing about the small glass carboys is that they are good for making experimental batches with. Like starting with the same basic wort/kit and instead of doing one big brew, you can do 3-4 little brews and modify each of them slightly (a dry hop here, a light malt there....).
I've never had a problem cleaning them though???? Nothing seems to stick to the glass...