While I agree, I wouldn't put too much emphasis on that for beginners.
I still use my Mr Beer fermenters two years into my brewing career (though I'm onto my own recipes)...I love being able to try more batches and not having to bottle 5 gallons at a time. That said, getting the bottles isn't really all that great a bonus. If you end up liking brewing, you'll never use those again, and unless you plan on drinking 3 beers at a time (40oz bottles, and they lose carbonation if not filled), they aren't good for bottling. Plus the recipe that comes with it is bad, by far their worst.
Plastic is fine if one uses the correct grade. I brew using a food-grade 5 gallon water jug and they out just as good as any of my other carboys.
The problem with plastic is, even if you use the kind with minimal chemical leakage, there's always the concern with oxygen permeation. For that reason, I advise against using plastic for long term storage (aging). Two weeks in a plastic fermenter is just fine.
I got this as a gift before I got a real home brewing kit. This is a piece of junk and a waste of money. You are better off taking your $30 and applying to a real home brewing set.
It's more for getting people introduced to the hobby, not for sustaining it. It's a perfectly fine and cheap way to get an entrance to the greatest hobby in the world...especially for someone who's on the fence.
Last edited by Tiberius; 06-22-2011 at 02:11 PM..
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