A while back I posted that I had decided to drill holes in all of my plastic fermenting buckets and install spigots because I hate cleaning the auto-siphon and it would be easier to just hook up a hose and transfer to the keg via the spigot.
Well, after my last batch I am re-thinking this. The spigot isn't ideal when re-pitching subsequent batches. Can't repitch the next batch on the yeast cake without cleaning the fermenter's spigot out. I'm also not always getting my buckets to seal enough to bump the airlocks which I know isn't necessary but it makes it difficult to monitor activity without thieving.
I do not care for glass carboys. Too heavy and I'm afraid of injury. I've already been injured enough in my homebrewing career so I'd prefer to use plastic. I found this "The Bubbler" on Northern Brewers website and it says you don't need brushes to clean it. I find that hard to believe. Even my smooth glass carboys need to be brushed and when they dry you can see the film residue with brush marks in it. Has anyone used one of these "Bubblers" or know how they can claim you can clean a fermenter without a brush?
Here's the link:
The plastic "Better Bottles" seem to me that you would scratch the inside of them when you use a brush on them. Also, I don't understand why the plastic ones have those ridges in the walls. Seems to me it would make it harder to clean?