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Old 05-18-2007, 03:39 AM   #1
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Found out why you don't pour boiling water in a Better Bottle. Can't recall any warnings about it in the folder that came with it (tossed it), from the forum or from the store I bought it at.

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Old 05-18-2007, 03:45 AM   #2
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Anyone remember that Disney movie The Black Hole? Looks like that robot named Old B.O.B.:

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Old 05-18-2007, 03:46 AM   #3
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Just an fyi... don't do that with glass either.

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Old 05-18-2007, 03:52 AM   #4
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Just an fyi,....don't mess with boiling water period. It'll burn you quicker than spilling a cup of McDonalds coffee on your crotch.

A glass carboy would have cracked, and perhaps exploded.

I don't put anything hotter than my tap water in my Better Bottles. BB does their testing for cleaning at 60 degrees C or 140 degree F.

Good experience though and thanks for reminding me of my experiment of the BB full bottle drop. If the weather is good, I may get it on video this weekend.

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Old 05-18-2007, 03:53 AM   #5
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Kinda looks like a 3 gallon Better Bottle now.

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Old 05-18-2007, 04:05 AM   #6
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I boil about 2 gallons of top off water each time I brew. I normally put it in a water bottle that eveybody debates the usefulness of. However, this time it was being used as a blow off container, so I grabbed the nearest PLASTIC bottle I could find. I know a glass bottle would have shrapnelled my legs pretty good.

I wasn't expecting the +$20 fancy bottle to melt. The FREE culligan bottle has had many gallons of BOILING water poured in it with no issues. Don't think I'm going to waste money on better bottles after this. I will buy their ports, tho. Retrofit a couple culligan bottles as secondaries. I still like glass for the primary.....

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Old 05-18-2007, 12:53 PM   #7
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Well, I don't know if your water bottles are rated for hot water either. Just because it doesn't self destruct doesn't mean you're not leeching chemicals out of the plastic.

I'd recommend HDPE buckets since they are food grade AND rated to 240F. They get a little soft, but not too bad.

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Not it's a Better Globule

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Well, I don't know if your water bottles are rated for hot water either. Just because it doesn't self destruct doesn't mean you're not leeching chemicals out of the plastic.

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That's the reason I use ceramic cookware in the microwave.

When it says microwave safe it simply means the plastic won't melt.

I don't have a BB but when I was thinking of getting one I thought the warnings about hot liquid and the BB was fairly evident and straight forward.
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Kinda looks like a 3 gallon Better Bottle now.
Now if I could only turn my 5gallon cornys into 3 gallon cornys with only hot water!
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