I just received a new 5 gallon big mouth bubbler from Northern Brewer and as I was looking it over I noticed it has a few air bubbles in the glass. Most of them are harmless but one of those suckers is broken on the inside. So, I cracked all the little pieces out and cleaned it up but it still has some very rough edges on the inside. NB is replacing it free of charge but they told me to just keep this one. Well, it would be a shame to just toss it but I have a couple concerns in trying to use it.
1. Will the rough sharp edges in there be a breeding group for bacteria or should it be fine if I sanitize it properly?
2. Is there any product out there that I could use to repair it?
3. Will that repair affect the taste of the beer in any way?
I've seen some windshield repair kits that looked interesting but wasn't really sure. Maybe it doesn't need to be repaired and will work just fine but I thought I'd run it by you guys since you all know a lot more about it than me. Thanks in advance for any helps/suggestions!