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Old 07-28-2009, 12:40 AM   #1
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So, I was helping my dad move into is new house today and when we got there the current homeowner had all his stuff laid out to take out of the place. The first thing I spot is a pristine 5 gallon glass carboy! I asked the guy if he wanted to get rid of it and he said he would let it go for 5 bucks! It's in great shape and only needs to be cleaned. I saved around 25 dollars. Just wanted to share my happy story!!

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Old 07-28-2009, 01:28 AM   #2
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Make sure you inspect it very carefully, and be careful when using it. I'm speaking with experience.

Nice find though.

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Great find. I got 24 of them for $6 each a couple of years ago.

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Old 07-28-2009, 03:49 AM   #5
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Make sure you inspect it very carefully, and be careful when using it. I'm speaking with experience.

Nice find though.
Ouch I just read this thread you posted and it dosen't sound like a happy brewing experience. Was there any sign that it was going to break? What would you look for if you were buying a used carboy. Makes me want to get better bottles but I like the inert nature of glass. Hope you are doing better.

I would have bought the $5 carboy without hesitation. Good job!
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:22 PM   #6
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:30 PM   #7
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mnm, I'd carefully look at it to see if there are any imperfections in the glass. I have one with a small bubble in the side, but I've used it for several batches. The one I was cleaning didn't have anything noticeable before I racked the beer into it, but I may have done something to it while the beer was in it. I was using it as a secondary, and the beer was in it for about three weeks. Who knows? It could have just been a week spot that I never saw. I have no idea whether that one was one of the new ones I bought new, or one of the used ones. I have two 6.5 gal that I bought new, and had three 5 gal I bought used, and two that were new. I'm down to four 5 gal, and not going to be buying any more.

I get this damn cast off tomorrow, but I still have no feeling in my index finger. The middle finger and thumb have numb areas, but they are doing much better. The doc said it could take up to a year for it to heal completely, but I may never regain full feeling. Physical therapy will be a long process.

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I get this damn cast off tomorrow, but I still have no feeling in my index finger. The middle finger and thumb have numb areas, but they are doing much better. The doc said it could take up to a year for it to heal completely, but I may never regain full feeling. Physical therapy will be a long process.
The standard (most quoted) rule of thumb is that nerves grow back at about a rate of 1mm/day. So it can take a while but hang in there. If you start to feel burning sensations this is often from nerve regrowth. Sounds like you damaged your median nerve since your thumb, index and middle fingers are involved. Sorry for your injury...... at least you can say you're a seasoned and scarred homebrewer now. Kind of like a gangster taking a bullet for the scar.
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mnm, I'd carefully look at it to see if there are any imperfections in the glass. I have one with a small bubble in the side, but I've used it for several batches. The one I was cleaning didn't have anything noticeable before I racked the beer into it, but I may have done something to it while the beer was in it. I was using it as a secondary, and the beer was in it for about three weeks. Who knows? It could have just been a week spot that I never saw. I have no idea whether that one was one of the new ones I bought new, or one of the used ones. I have two 6.5 gal that I bought new, and had three 5 gal I bought used, and two that were new. I'm down to four 5 gal, and not going to be buying any more.

I get this damn cast off tomorrow, but I still have no feeling in my index finger. The middle finger and thumb have numb areas, but they are doing much better. The doc said it could take up to a year for it to heal completely, but I may never regain full feeling. Physical therapy will be a long process.


That really sucks, and I'm sorry to hear what you're still going through with that injury. Just a word of hope: I had a procedure done nearly two years ago on the inside of my lower lip (I had a busted saliva gland removed--too much fight club I guess. )

After the surgery I had no feeling on the entire left side of that lip for well over a year, and I figured it would never come back. However, in the last few months it has finally started to get feeling back, and today it almost feels 100% normal again. This has been about 21 months since the procedure. It can be a long process, but I'm living proof that nerve type recoveries can just take a while...
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I just bought 2 for $15 ea yesterday and got two 1g growlers for a buck a piece. Now I do not have to go and get a 2000ml flask for starters.

Retail is for suckers...lol

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