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Old 02-16-2007, 11:03 PM   #11
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I swear to god, I never thought of using the carboy cap to siphon. I have an auto syphon, but I only use these bad boys because I use blow offs and got extremely tired of pushing stoppers through the carboys.

These things are great!

As for the other items, never used any of them. My carboy carrying device also serves as my homebrew drinking enablers.

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:32 AM   #12
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the carriers are flawed imo because when you have a hold of one of the handles at the sink getting ready to dump out the unneeded trub - they will allow the carboy to slide out of control - vs - a handle that you have you grip on.

that's just my opinion peeps. ymmv

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:49 AM   #13
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Jetwasher for bottles. Gets rid of all dirt / mould in seconds. I LOVE mine.

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Old 02-17-2007, 01:11 AM   #14
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I don't have any of these but I'm thinking about getting some strictly to replace rubber bungs. They seem like they would be far superior for attaching air locks.

I've heard plenty of warnings about carring full carboys with this handle. The glass in the neck of the carboy has to support the total weight and it will stress it and possibly break.

This looks like a better idea to me.
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:23 AM   #15
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the carriers are flawed imo because when you have a hold of one of the handles at the sink getting ready to dump out the unneeded trub - they will allow the carboy to slide out of control - vs - a handle that you have you grip on.

that's just my opinion peeps. ymmv
But surely you can remove the straps before you empty/clean the carboy? I figured they were easy on/easy off. If not, then I totally see your point.
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:56 AM   #16
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But surely you can remove the straps before you empty/clean the carboy? I figured they were easy on/easy off. If not, then I totally see your point.
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I'm going to get one of those carboy carriers. I'm not worried about what Brewhead said, as I don't plan on using it for anything other than lugging around full carboys to put them in their fermentation spots. Too many times I've almost dropped a full carboy on my way down the stairs.

As was said, those carboy neck handles are great, for handling EMPTY carboys, but the neck of the carboy and those neck handles are not supposed to be used for full carboys.
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I can vouch for the Brewhauler, carboy handle, and the carboy cap.

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Old 02-17-2007, 02:11 PM   #18
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the carriers are flawed imo because when you have a hold of one of the handles at the sink getting ready to dump out the unneeded trub - they will allow the carboy to slide out of control - vs - a handle that you have you grip on.

that's just my opinion peeps. ymmv
So get both. They're cheap enough. Then both scenarios are covered.
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:07 PM   #19
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I use the orange carboy handle for my Better Bottle, but not use it for the glass carboy due to the neck stress issue. I'd get the carrier AND the handle if you use glass.

I have used C02 and the orange cap here:
to start a siphon. Very effective IMHO.

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ANYTIME you lift a Better Bottle with airlock attached, keep in mind it will create a vacuum and suck in your airlock liquid unless you pop off the other white plug prior to lifting.

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Old 02-17-2007, 06:19 PM   #20
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I use the carboy caps and I like them alot. The orange ones fit the 3 and 5 gallon carboys but you have to use the brown ones on the 6.5g. I also use the brew haulers for moving full carboys. I don't use handles.

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