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Old 08-17-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Glass Wide-Top-Fermenter (WTF) Cracked

I bought a glass WTF at Brew & Grow in late April and used it since three times for secondary fermentation -- first with a rye P.A. (with actual dry-hopping), then with an I.P.A. and now lastly with a imperial P.A. ...

After siphoning to it for 2ndary fermentation with the imperial, I suddenly noticed that it was leaking very slightly. After eventually inspecting it, I noticed a crack towards the bottom, about a half inch above the bottom, about a third around. We bottled the imperial today, assuming the beer itself did not suffer ...

I am wondering what may have caused the crack?!

I do not recall bumping it against any hard surfaces and was using a "beer hauler" harness to carry or lift it. ... I don't know if anyone else experienced cracking with a WTF. (I can't recall the actual maker, though.)

In addition, I will need to get a new secondary fermenter soon (will be brewing a black IPA next week), and I don't know whether:
* I just should go with a second plastic bucket for secondary fermentation instead, or
* still go with a glass carboy (with standard narrow neck as I can't find a WTF at this point). ...
* How about a PET narrow neck carboy?

Any advise as well as pros and cons for the different 2ndary fermenter options would be very much appreciated! :-)

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Is this some off brand glass big mouth bubbler? If so, they're prone to randomly cracking. There's a thread on it here.

I'd get a plastic big mouth bubbler. Have that company refund you because it is definitely a warranty claim. Glass doesn't just randomly break.

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I can't remember if it was a particular brand or not, but I "fear" I was "suckered in" to getting a glass carboy based on a misunderstanding regarding secondary fermentation ... (that basically glass is only preferable when doing aging in the secondary; otherwise, plastic should be fine ...)

Though, until now I did realize/know that they also make PET wide-top's ... :-)

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I bought a glass WTF at Brew & Grow in late April and used it since three times for secondary fermentation -- first with a rye P.A. (with actual dry-hopping), then with an I.P.A. and now lastly with a imperial P.A. ...

After siphoning to it for 2ndary fermentation with the imperial, I suddenly noticed that it was leaking very slightly. After eventually inspecting it, I noticed a crack towards the bottom, about a half inch above the bottom, about a third around. We bottled the imperial today, assuming the beer itself did not suffer ...

I am wondering what may have caused the crack?!

I do not recall bumping it against any hard surfaces and was using a "beer hauler" harness to carry or lift it. ... I don't know if anyone else experienced cracking with a WTF. (I can't recall the actual maker, though.)

In addition, I will need to get a new secondary fermenter soon (will be brewing a black IPA next week), and I don't know whether:
* I just should go with a second plastic bucket for secondary fermentation instead, or
* still go with a glass carboy (with standard narrow neck as I can't find a WTF at this point). ...
* How about a PET narrow neck carboy?

Any advise as well as pros and cons for the different 2ndary fermenter options would be very much appreciated! :-)
I will slowly be transitioning away from my glass to better bottles. The science is very supportive for PET and I have finally found a cleaning regimen I like with them. Glass is really great and I don't have any fears of using it, just really like better bottles for their light weight ease of use. So my vote is for a BB.
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I can't remember if it was a particular brand or not, but I "fear" I was "suckered in" to getting a glass carboy based on a misunderstanding regarding secondary fermentation ... (that basically glass is only preferable when doing aging in the secondary; otherwise, plastic should be fine ...)



Though, until now I did realize/know that they also make PET wide-top's ... :-)

I've used BB 's exclusively for primary & secondary for 3+ years. Easy to clean and no issues w: breakage. Plus they're considerably lighter weight.


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