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Old 03-18-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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I joined the broken carboy club yesterday and I'll tell you it was not an initiation I ever want to go through again. I believe I got away with a bit less than some of the other horror stories I've read about today, but I still have to make an appointment with a hand specialist.

As I was cleaning my 6.5 gallon carboy towards the end of my mash, it decided to slip from my hands while I was trying to put it on the carboy drying stand. A nice shard of glass caught my pinky finger near the webbing and started bleeding real good. I made a fist and due to where it was cut, I was able to keep it from bleeding any more. I ended up doing the quickest sparge (maybe even considered a no sparge) in order to get the wort off the grains. I figured if I let it sit, it would break down the grains and give me some nasty tannins. Collected my 14 gallons in the boil kettle, then my neighbor drove me to the ER. I ended up with 8 stitches around my pinky, and as far as I know, no damaged tendons. Might have gotten some nerves as my pinky now feels like when your hand falls asleep, still can feel stuff but a bit numb to the touch. Like I said, I still have to go see a hand specialist.

I came back and manage to get my boil off and also had to free up another carboy, so I also bottled my belgium dubbel. It was in my primary for only 3 weeks, but it tasted pretty good and I know the gravity was steady.

For this batch, I was shooting for an OG of 1.057 but ended up with 1.051. I figure that's good enough given the circumstances and I believe I saved my beer and my finger! I split the batch up for an oktoberfest and a dampfbier, so I was pretty excited to get these beers made...

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The order you did things made me laugh....

1. Save brew.
2. Save finger.
3. Return to brewing.

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The order you did things made me laugh....

1. Save brew.
2. Save finger.
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Priorities, right?

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Hope you heal up quickly and fully.
Thanks, never thought how nice it is having your pinky free. Not to mention keeping that finger dry during clean up...
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Hope it heals quickly and the feeling comes back. Are all your carboys glass? It's hard to handle them at all after an event like that (I know from experience)

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Thanks, never thought how nice it is having your pinky free. Not to mention keeping that finger dry during clean up...
I broke my pinky a few months back. You don't know how much you use it until something happens to it. Get well soon.
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Hope it heals quickly and the feeling comes back. Are all your carboys glass? It's hard to handle them at all after an event like that (I know from experience)
Yeah, I have 3 more that are full of beer right now. My buddy ended up shaking them and putting them in the keezer and ferm chamber for me. I plan on ordering some better bottles to try out. I think I was able to justify a conical to SWMBO though by saying it's cheaper than another ER visit
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I think I was able to justify a conical to SWMBO though by saying it's cheaper than another ER visit
Here's another idea for fermentation. A little cheaper than a conical and able to handle pressure to force transfer. I got one a couple weeks ago and going to use it for first time tomorrow.
Good luck with your finger.

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I ordered a few better bottles to try out with my next brew. gonna try a basil honey wheat, and picked out 2 different yeast to try. also went to the hand surgeon yesterday for a follow up as recommended by the hospital. Although half my finger is still numb, he said there is no major nerve damage. The hospital told me to put neosporin on it twice a day and gave me a splint to keep my finger straight. The hand surgeon told me the hospital always tells you to do the opposite of what you should do... I feels so good to move my finger around, but a bit weird to not have full feeling when i touch stuff. The surgeon wanted to know how I cut it and i told him it was on a 6.5 glass jug. he's liek "what, a carboy?" he told me he used to make beer all the time and his best was a doppelbock but hasn't made any in about 6 years. I'm gonna see if i can bring in some homebrews to pay my bill when he takes the stitches out.

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he told me he used to make beer all the time and his best was a doppelbock but hasn't made any in about 6 years. I'm gonna see if i can bring in some homebrews to pay my bill when he takes the stitches out.
That's great!
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