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Old 01-19-2010, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Broke my first carboy! Story....

It seems that only a week ago I first read a story about serious injury occuring involving glass carboys. Well, this weekend I had my own experience that I want to share.

I bottled my latest batch, what I called "Hark the Herald Honey Pale Ale" which was festively named as I brewed it around Christmas. It turned out great, albiet drier than planned thanks to us-05. My glass carboy had some serious pellet hop gunk stuck to the inside, and I could not find my carboy brush. So, I placed about 5 or 6 cups of warm water in the bottom and covered it with saran wrap to allow the steam to permeate.

After a few hours, I tried sloshing it around to remove the hops... to no avail. So, I added fresh warm water, replaced the covering, and set it on my kitchen floor near the opening to the hallway. I felt, that placing the carboy there would help remind me (I have a REALLY bad short term memory) to purchase a new carboy brush.

So, on Saturday after I drank some of my homebrew (Had some of my IIPA, my Willamette Pale, and some Scottish Ale), I found my rotundish tummy growling, likely in protest of too many liquids and not enough solids. Over the legal limit, I stumbled my way over to the kitched in the dark at 1 AM to find some greasy plate stainers(junk food).

Well, I remember thinking to myself - 'Geez I can barely see anything...', and then my life flashed before my eyes as my right leg came into contact with what I immediately knew was my carboy. SMASH!!!!!

What a friggin mess. Funny part of it, is my Mother in-law is staying with us for a few months from out of country and her bendroom is on that same floor. All she likely heard was "SMASH", and then her very polite son-in-law saying words that would shock Billy-Bob Thorton, over and over again. I can just imagine her huddled under the sheets in wondering WTF?

So yeah, I am a moron. I mean, why place an extremely fragile carboy in the ENTRY WAY thinking that because it is blocking my path it will remind me to clean it?????? I mean seriously? I think I am just lucky as hell that I did not slice myself open.

In the end, I was just glad I didn't waste beer.... I mean seriously. I would have had to call in to work on Monday due to a death in my family (the beer).

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:26 PM   #2
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:30 PM   #3
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Ouch. That could have been really bloody.

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Old 01-20-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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Bah, damn.... I am always giving other a hard time for not taking pics, and I forgot completely myself! I was too mad at the time...
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First of all I am sorry for your loss of a fermentation vessel. It is one thing we never have enough of. And bravo to letting yourself let go with your mother in-law in house.

For future reference do what those of us with Better Bottles do. Fill fermentation vessel with mild solution of Oxiclean. Let sit for a day or two. Empty. Insert washcloth into vessel and swirl around to remove crusty hoppy residue.

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you bumped it with your leg and it 'sploded. did you knock it down the stairs? i kick my carboys when im mad at them and stub my toe.

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you bumped it with your leg and it 'sploded. did you knock it down the stairs? i kick my carboys when im mad at them and stub my toe.
Oh hahaah, well actually after I bumped it it fell onto its size onto the stone-ish tile flooring in my kitchen... thats when it 'sploded...
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(1) Glad to hear no one was injured..
(2) Sorry for the loss.
(3) Where is the pictorial-spread?

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