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Old 06-22-2006, 02:05 PM   #11
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This is exactly why I won't use glass carboys. I am a klutz and I KNOW that I will drop every piece of brewing equipment that I have at least twice. I've heard crazy horror stories, and seen terrible pictures of what happens when people drop carboys even as short as 1/2".

I moved straight from plastic "Ale Pail" buckets to those PET Better Bottles (some of you may recall that I asked about them a couple weeks ago). I just made a mead in one last weekend, and wil be racking an ESB into another this weekend. What's neat about them is that when I drop them, even it they are full. All they do is bounce. If I dropped them from chest height though, I think that they would break my floor, and possibly shoot the stopped across the room. From what I can tell though, they are pretty much indestructible.

I'm not sure about their abilites to work for long aging (they say that they have a negligable oxygen permiability), but as I said, I have a mead in one, so I'll let you know in January.

Now if only I could find a plastic hydrometer. I haven't managed to break mine yet, but I might as well plan on it.

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Old 06-22-2006, 02:21 PM   #12
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That's why I've been using milk crates for over 10 years.

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Old 06-22-2006, 04:36 PM   #13
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I hope you didn't sever any nerves. I once put a beer bottle down too hard on a metal grille (don't ask), and it shattered in my hand. One sliver found its way into the fleshy part in the crook between the thumb and the hand. I was dripping blood the rest of that day.

Whenever I touch the tiny scar tissue or try to stretch my thumb, I am rewarded by a sort of tingly feeling like the digit has gone to sleep. Apparently (in the lucid glow of post-party sobriety) I'm lucky to still have the use of that thumb...

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Very sage advice. This is one reason I am also converting to BetterBottles. I do have some concerns about longer term aging though (for meads in particular.)

For those not in-the-know, where can you get milk crates? I have asked around and just get vacant stares from store owners. >:-(

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Old 06-22-2006, 05:10 PM   #15
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For those not in-the-know, where can you get milk crates? I have asked around and just get vacant stares from store owners. >:-(
Walmart and Dollar General stores.

They don't have to be the superheavy duty ones either (but they are better), just don't lift them from the top handle if you get the cheaper/lighter ones. I had one break.
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On the up, you can always name a brew after the experience.

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They aren't as cheap as crates but I like them better-- I use the carboy handles like this:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/ProdByID.aspx?ProdID=6028


Disperses the weight well and allows you to drop the center of gravity on your carry. When I throw a tshirt over the carboy, I pull the handles through the sleeves, maiing it easy to find them again.

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Very sage advice. This is one reason I am also converting to BetterBottles. I do have some concerns about longer term aging though (for meads in particular.)

For those not in-the-know, where can you get milk crates? I have asked around and just get vacant stares from store owners. >:-(
The Northern Brewer catalog specifically mentions Better Bottles in it's section on what mead equipment somebody needs.

You can always pick up milk crates behind the grocery store

Careful not to get caught though.
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You can always pick up milk crates behind the grocery store

Careful not to get caught though.
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