Kegco KC PF-CB-06 Glass Carboy Review

Kegco is a company that makes equipment for draft systems and for beer preservation. Their products are built to last for a long time and are tailored to those who have a large interest in draft beer. All of their products go through rigorous quality testing and are designed for practical use. Along with great customer service, Kegco puts a focus on quality and ascetics.

When you are home brewing, it is important to have a quality fermenter you can rely on. While there are many different kinds of fermenters, glass carboys are among the most popular. Kegco offers a solid glass carboy that is perfect for primary and/or secondary fermentation.


General Features

beer fermenting equipmentThe Kegco glass carboy is designed to ferment up to five gallon batches. It has a six-gallon capacity and is manufactured with thick walls to ensure you won’t be dealing with any cracking. This is important because you will most likely be moving your carboy a lot and fermenting beer can create a lot of pressure.

The outside of the glass is lined vertically and horizontally with divots to make gripping and carrying the carboy easier. However, the inside of the glass is smooth. This is important because it prevents sediment and bacteria from being able to collect. This is what also helps to make cleaning easy.

The top is tapered to a smooth round edge that can fit most bubblers, airlocks, and blow off hoses. This way you will be able to fit whatever equipment you plan on purchasing or may have already.

Many people prefer some of the basic advantages that a glass carboy has. Because glass is less porous that plastic, they tend to harbor less bacteria and keep away odors that may be lingering from your last batch. It also allows you to get a good view of how the beer looks as it is fermenting.

Pros

  • 6 Gallons
  • Resists odors
  • Easy to sanitize
  • Smooth and scratch resistant
  • Won’t break down over time

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Doesn’t come with a carrier
  • Doesn’t protect against light
  • More difficult to clean than a bucket

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Short Falls

beer keg fermenterEven though it doesn’t seem like there is much to fermenting your beer, the vessel you use is very important. In recent years, high grade food safe plastic has given glass a run for its money. This newer plastic doesn’t tend to harbor odors like it used to and is much lighter than glass. This is important to think about if you intend on moving your fermenter long distances and up and down stairs.

Another downfall of glass is that it allows light to penetrate your brew. This can cause off flavors and be detrimental to your work. So, if you are going to use glass, make sure to keep it in a dark place.

Lastly, although glass can be very strong, it isn’t completely unbreakable. If you happen to drop your glass carboy it could really cause serious injury. This carboy does not come with a carrier. Because of this I recommend purchasing a strong and dependable carrier.

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Recommendation

Don’t be afraid to use a glass carboy. Kegco’s Glass Carboy is really an awesome fermenter that will serve you well in both primary and secondary fermentation. Thousands of people, including myself, have used them for years and have seldom encountered a problem.

This carboy will keep your beer clean and safe from oxygen. And because it is a 6 gallon, it will provide extra space for your five-gallon batches to prevent over flow and allow for proper counter pressure while fermenting.

To make things easy, I would pick up at least two or three of these. This will make transferring easy and you will always have a clean fermenter ready for the next batch.

Just make sure you are patient, sanitize well, and aren’t rushing any processes.

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