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Old 11-30-2006, 11:26 PM   #1
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tradgedy was averted... beer is safe.


In the process of sanitizing a secondary carboy to transfer my cheesefood caramel cream to.. it cracked in my hands. Luckily I was able to drop it without further flesh slicing. I ended up with a 2" slash on my hand, but not very deep. No stitches required. Hey... no pain, no gain. This caramel cream is going to taste that much better when I crack it on Christmas!

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Old 11-30-2006, 11:45 PM   #2
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What were the conditions under which the carboy cracked? How were you cleaning it? Did you hit it or drop it or had it ever suffered a blow?

I hear about carboys busting every now and then, and it concerns me, so I'm always interested in learning how NOT to handle one in ways that will cause it to bust.

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Old 11-30-2006, 11:50 PM   #3
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I had a trailer hitch fall out of my closet and smack the bottom side of a full carboy. Thankfully it didn't crack/break. I had a sweatshirt over the carboy so at least there was something to lessen the impact. Hopefully I don't have any future problems with this carboy.

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I had a 12 gallon carboy crack and slice through the a friends hand. He had to have surgery and therapy so he could play his bass again. It really was a bad day of brewing. besides, all the beer and that great carboy where lost.

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What were the conditions under which the carboy cracked? How were you cleaning it? Did you hit it or drop it or had it ever suffered a blow?

I hear about carboys busting every now and then, and it concerns me, so I'm always interested in learning how NOT to handle one in ways that will cause it to bust.

HOT WATER.... dont use it.

I knew very well, it could shatter very easily with hot water. I sanitized, then poured about 3/4 to 1 inch of hot water in to rinse. Shaking it up in my arms, and it cracked in half.

Yes... I was cutting corners. I paid for it this time.

I usually boil my rinse water then let it cool down. I have some Star San in the mail so this wont be an issue any longer...
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I had a 12 gallon carboy crack and slice through the a friends hand. He had to have surgery and therapy so he could play his bass again. It really was a bad day of brewing. besides, all the beer and that great carboy where lost.

I'm considering myself VERY lucky... Could have been a lot worse. When it cracked, I was able to drop it without much more contact with the fracture. Its still a bad cut, but its more wide than it is deep (about 1/8th inch x 2 inches). I proceeded to clean up the mess then go crack a 22 of my brown ale... mmmmm delicious.
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:52 AM   #7
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Man those things are so dangerous. I really need to go to better bottles.

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Man those things are so dangerous. I really need to go to better bottles.
Yeah, I'm thinking the same. I've got a 6.5, a 6, and two 5 gallon glass carboys, so I hate not to use them. I guess I'll just try to be careful, and replace them slowly over time. But rather than buy Better Bottles, I might just go for a couple of conicals.

I mean when I win the lottery, that is.
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Seriously.... that thing could have taken my whole hand off....

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Seriously.... that thing could have taken my whole hand off....
I know. Luckily I've never heard of anyone getting seriously hurt (until Brewpastor's story). It is amazing that more of those things don't break. I cringe every time I see someone pick up a carboy, especially by the neck.
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