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Old 12-27-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default Broken Glass Carboy Horror Stories Compendium

Just thought I'd throw this out there - nothing new here. All pics are links, so just click on one for the full scoop.

































Others:

Glass Carboy Causes Death

Bottom Falls Off for No Reason!

Lustreking Brewing Stories

ER Trip

5 Severed Tendons

Carboy Self Destructs

Wife Breaks Carboy

Carboy Broke in Box

Severed Nerves, Microscopic Surgery

Official Broken Carboy Count Thread

Reattach muscle, etc.

BrewHauler Fails (Twice)

Deep Wood Brew (Vendor) List of Carboy Mishaps

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/im-switching-better-bottles-380690/#post4775754

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/another-glass-carboy-horror-story-414360/

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:15 AM   #2
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As I recall, in some of those cases, the carboy was said to have broken without obvious cause - not dropped or bumped. I wonder if the reason might be, at least in part, weakened glass due to cleaning with strong solutions of caustic cleaners, or adding powdered cleaner to an empty carboy. This is described in a report from the Better Bottle company:

"Washing and Sanitizing Home Winemaking and Brewing Equipment", available on their website:

http://www.better-bottle.com/ (click Technical -> Wash/Sanitize - click on link in second paragraph).

"AN IMPORTANT WARNING
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Glass, soft glass in particular, is slightly soluble in water and more soluble if the water contains caustics, which are common ingredients in washing agents. As glass dissolves from the surface of glass objects, micro cracks form and the strength of the object becomes increasingly compromised. With continued use, glass carboys become more and more fragile. Thus, a mode of handling that you may have executed many times with a given carboy can result in an unexpected breakage. Never carry glass carboys by their necks and be aware that even lifting a full glass carboy off a counter by placing your hands around its base can cause it to crack wide open. Carboy carrying harnesses are not an ideal solution, as they do not provide protection from flying glass shards. Carrying bags and crates offer greater protection. Washing glass carboys is especially dangerous, because they will be, of necessity, uncovered and likely to be slippery – always wear protective gloves and clothing."

Of course this was placed on their website to encourage people to buy their product, but that doesn't mean it isn't true.



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How many of these carboy horror stories involve milk crates with foam in the bottom? Where do you get 6.5 gallon better bottles? I can't seem to find them anywhere.

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How many of these carboy horror stories involve milk crates with foam in the bottom? Where do you get 6.5 gallon better bottles? I can't seem to find them anywhere.
here is a 6 gallon BB
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Not even sure what this post is supposed to accomplish? Do we all not now that when glass breaks it is sharp so we need to be careful when handling it?

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Its a glass bottle, not a grenade. Im willing to bet more injuries have occured driving to lhbs than with glass carboys. Does that mean we shouldnt drive? No.

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I have five of those still around the house, I hate moving glass. Maybe I should just off them on CL and move to SS or BBs.

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Not even sure what this post is supposed to accomplish? Do we all not now that when glass breaks it is sharp so we need to be careful when handling it?
No. Obviously not or it wouldn't keep happening.

I don't have any agenda here. I just wanted to put together a bunch of links I've been saving since I broke my own glass carboy. If you don't like the post, just move on.
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Those are some nasty pictures...but reality. I would imagine that this doesn't happen very frequently, but if it's you that it happens to then it's much too frequent!

I'm a newbee just starting out...a beekeeper who has started a couple of batches of mead. I had read a few posts about carboys breaking and they have caused me to stop and think about things.

I purchased two 3-gallon carboys and presently have one in use. I have only moved it once with must in it. I'm going to rethink my moving method (one hand on neck and one hand on bottom) and see if I can't come up with a "bag" for them. I've also got two older 5/6(?) gallon carboys that I've managed to hang onto for years...they've been hauled around here and there and I'm sure bumped and banged around a little. I'm wondering if it might be better to skip using these.

Anyhow, thanks for the reinforcement to be careful with these big jugs. I'm 55 years old and not the least bit interested in getting sliced meat sewn up. BTW, when I see a bad car wreck (or a fender-bender for that matter) it reminds me to slow down, buckle up, watch for the other guy, etc.,.

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