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Old 02-10-2008, 06:13 AM   #1
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A recent thread reminded me of this idea.
It does seem kind of stupid that carboys are clear. Would their be any problem with painting my carboys black so light wouldnt be an issue?

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Old 02-10-2008, 06:20 AM   #2
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1. hard to see potential cracking/damage to the carboy... it would really suck to load one up with 5 gallons of beer, only to have the weight cause it to give way when you go to pick it up, and have it all come crashing down, and potentialy injure you in the process.

2. hard to see what is going on with your beer... with a bucket, they are not only translucent, but you can also take of a very large lid to see inside. with a carboy, you have a very small neck, and if you don't paint it up all the way, then you will still have to put a t-shirt or something over it anyway, to block out the light from the top area that was unpainted so that you could see what was going on inside your carboy.

3. much harder to ensure that you got it clean, since you can't easily see down inside of there, since you don't have a nice wide open area like in a bucket. To me, this would be one of the biggest reasons not to do this.

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I think a better idea than painting a carboy would be to put something like a 3M laminate over it. It would 1) block out all forms of light and 2) keep a dropped glass carboy from sending shards everywhere.

Downsides i see are 1) not being able to see into the carboy (although this doesn't sound like it would be a big deal for you), but more importantly 2) prevent you from seeing any cracks/damage that had formed.

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Old 02-10-2008, 10:56 AM   #4
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1. hard to see potential cracking/damage to the carboy... it would really suck to load one up with 5 gallons of beer, only to have the weight cause it to give way when you go to pick it up, and have it all come crashing down, and potentialy injure you in the process.

2. hard to see what is going on with your beer... with a bucket, they are not only translucent, but you can also take of a very large lid to see inside. with a carboy, you have a very small neck, and if you don't paint it up all the way, then you will still have to put a t-shirt or something over it anyway, to block out the light from the top area that was unpainted so that you could see what was going on inside your carboy.

3. much harder to ensure that you got it clean, since you can't easily see down inside of there, since you don't have a nice wide open area like in a bucket. To me, this would be one of the biggest reasons not to do this.

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Old 02-10-2008, 11:31 AM   #5
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Wouldn't it really be easier to place a dark t-shirt/sweat shirt over it like many of us do???

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I put a black T-shirt over mine and I can still see what's going on in there.

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I agree. I don't see the point in painting a glass carboy. You then just removed the whole purpose of it being glass, and dangerous, in the first place. If you want something that won't let light in just trade your carboys in for buckets.

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Take the box that the carboy came in, cut a hole in the bottom the size of the airlock and set the box upside down over the carboy. Or just put the carboy in the closet.

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I use towels and have some sewn up covers. I have 4 black ones and some pretty floral ones too

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