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Old 02-16-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default Brew Hauler and Water

It's getting to be that time of the year when I will be forced to use my 60qt cooler to ferment in. I've been looking in to buying a couple Brew Haulers for ease of transport for my carboys. The question is that once I have the hauler on my carboy it will then be submerged in water for 2+ weeks. Does anyone think this will weaken the straps at all or does anyone have experience using the hauler and an ice bath? Thanks.



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Old 02-16-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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Well, IMHO, the hauler is made of nylon webbing, like a back pack strap. I have taken my packs into some of the worst weather imaginable and never had a problem. If it was an organic fiber of some sort, I might worry, but it's a synthetic fiber, so I wouldn't. They are made to take the weight of a full carboy dry but I think that they should still have great strength when they are wet. The fibers really can't absorb water. That's just my 2¢.



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Old 02-16-2009, 06:33 PM   #3
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I agree with stoutfan. I have never submerged mine, but I don't see them deteriorating in water.

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You might want to put just a little bit of bleach in the water to keep the bacteria at bay just so you don't get any scum growing on them. I've never tried it but may help.

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I have had mine in water for up to a month (I got lazy) with no probelms. But I would not add any bleach. I would be more worried that the bleach would start eating away at the fibers. You can just take them and wash them when your done.

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Milk crates won't deteriorate....

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Depends on the milk crate


I have used milk crates (plastic) in water baths and that does work fine as well, though I do plan to get some brew-haulers so that the carboys will take up less room.

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I have used milk crates (plastic) in water baths and that does work fine as well, though I do plan to get some brew-haulers so that the carboys will take up less room.
Well, you got me there...

I thought all of them went down in the Ark???
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Well, you got me there...

I thought all of them went down in the Ark???
Pre-ark photo, the arc was actually built of thousands of milk crates I thought you were there?
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Thanks everyone for the responses. It seems I'm ok to use them in my cooler.



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