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PondScum 07-31-2012 01:10 PM

Brew Haulers in water. Are they 'seaworthy'?
 
Checking in with those of you that use Brew Haulers and put them in swamp coolers. I've read in one older thread where the Brew Haulers appear to hold up after being used in and out of water.

Has anybody had any issues recently with them wearing out or falling apart after sitting in water for weeks?

Glynn 07-31-2012 02:14 PM

I am not sure if they will suffer from being waterlogged. I normally remove mine once its in the cooler

StoneHands 07-31-2012 02:52 PM

I have this question too, I hope someone with some direct experience can chime in. I'm about to order one myself, I guess I can be the guinea pig and find out, but I don't want to be the guy to lift it out of my swamp cooler and have it fail on me if others know it won't work.

TyTanium 07-31-2012 05:51 PM

IIRC, they're made of polypropylene. Should be no issue with water.

Same stuff used to wick away moisture in long underwear. It does not absorb water. Water should not impair its functionality.

Homercidal 07-31-2012 06:32 PM

They should be fine. I'd be more worried about keeping them in bright sunlight, but I doubt anyone is dumb enough to leave their fermenters in bright sunlight.

944play 07-31-2012 06:35 PM

Zero problems with underwater use, except the buckles have gotten slightly bleached over the past 3 or 4 years. I add bleach to the coolant water.

A full carboy would be nearly impossible to extract from a 10-gallon cooler intact without a Brewhauler.

Gartywood 08-01-2012 04:08 AM

The webbing that these are made from is almost always polypropylene or nylon. Both are not effected by water.

I would be concerned about treating either material with bleach though.

StoneHands 09-18-2012 02:33 PM

Have to follow up and agree with 944play and Gartywood. Used my recently acquired Brewhauler submerged and it's come out looking not at all worse for wear. I'm almost kicking myself for not getting one earlier - I used to dread picking a carboy out of my swamp cooler, now it's no big deal.

audger 09-21-2012 03:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TyTanium (Post 4295057)
IIRC, they're made of polypropylene. Should be no issue with water.

exactly this. polypro doesnt care about water.

ive soaked mine in water many many times.

rcrabb22 09-21-2012 04:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 944play (Post 4295212)
Zero problems with underwater use, except the buckles have gotten slightly bleached over the past 3 or 4 years. I add bleach to the coolant water.

A full carboy would be nearly impossible to extract from a 10-gallon cooler intact without a Brewhauler.

+1 with bleach and maybe I over did it but after about 4 years the plastic buckle snap broke. I think the bleach weakened it.

The bleach also destroyed several submerged pond pumps I used to keep the water circulating. The plastic fins on the impellers broke off one by one. I no longer use bleach to control algae. I also have switched to Better Bottles so I no longer use the Brewhaulers either


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