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Old 05-02-2008, 01:50 AM   #11
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Use them. Don't let these people that are anti-carboy fool you. Nothing beats glass as a fermenter. And as said earlier they are probably better than what you can get today.

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Old 05-02-2008, 02:00 PM   #12
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I say use em as well. 5 gallons isn't enough for a primary, but you can use for clearing beer or making cider, apfelwein or mead in em.

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Old 05-04-2008, 06:09 PM   #13
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I have a 5g from 1938 that is in regular rotation, and an unmarked one that I would wager is older by the irregularities in the shape of the glass. Both came from retired wine makers and have done me no wrong so far.

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Old 05-06-2008, 09:27 PM   #14
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Use it. I happened to stumble onto a similar blue glass carboy in a local online classified for $3 myself. It doesn't have a year, but I also think mine is old due to the irregularities and bubbles in the glass. Deal of the year. I have a batch of cider bubbling in it right now.

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Old 05-07-2008, 06:12 PM   #15
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One thing to keep in mind is that glass is somewhere between a liquid and a solid. The molecular structure is not uniform, and some people claim the shape of glass will change over long periods of time.

No need to claim, just go look at an old church's stained glass windows. Notice how they are much thicker at the bottom than the top. This is due to the glass "flowing" down over many MANY years.

And I agree, clean them well but use then. Glass is the defacto standard in pharmaceuticals/industry for a reason. It lasts and lasts, is resistant to virtually everything (acid/base/organic) except a diamond.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:32 PM   #16
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I've read too many tales on here and other sites about busted carboys and things like tendon damage...or at the least lost beer....Go for the better bottles.
http://brewing.lustreking.com/articl...encarboys.html
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:43 PM   #17
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Yep!!! That's the site (that swore me off glass for good)....Thanks for posting it!
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I was going to report on my little garage sale find (2 glass carboys for $16) and then came across that link above....apparently the rules are as follows: no stairs, must wear jeans with shoes, welding gloves as well, and clear the dog away! Yikes!

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Old 08-12-2008, 04:57 AM   #19
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One of my LHBS doesn't even carry better bottles because he says they just cause infection and you cant clean them. Apparantly cleaning with a scrubbing brush is the only way to clean something.

I'll stick to the other LHBS by me.

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Old 08-12-2008, 12:54 PM   #20
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I keep promising to look up that coating product we get on our laboratory glassware that prevents injury in case of breaks (think car windshields). I'm sure someone has to sell it as a separate product. Give me another week or so and I'll get my act together! I still prefer glass exclusively for being non-reactive and resistant to pretty much all scratching, but I agree there is added risk and the potential for some really serious injuries.

I've always heard there is a convention for everything...now I believe it:

http://www.iccg6.de/

EDIT #2:

This looks like what we want but I have no clue on price:

http://dipseal.com/index.html

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