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Old 06-08-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Whew! - Close Call

I was cleaning a glass carboy today and dropped it while it was full - on the edge of our concrete patio! Luckily it landed on the really thick rim on the bottom. Took a small chip out of it and a slightly larger one out of the concrete. Had to check my drawers after that!

Q: Has anyone else done such a thing and continued to use it without problems? I'm afraid the dropped stressed it and it will break on me unexpectedly now.

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Old 06-08-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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I would toss it. Glass is really weird stuff & a carboy isn't much more expensive than a lost batch of ale. Certainly cheaper than a trip to ER.

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Old 06-08-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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Ummm, if there's even a slight chip or crack in it, i'd toss it (well, not literally ). It's not worth taking the chance of it breaking on you and losing your beer, or worse--you arm!

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Old 06-08-2007, 02:55 PM   #4
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Siphon the beer out first!!

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Old 06-08-2007, 03:02 PM   #5
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Toss it, and replace it with a Better Bottle.

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Old 06-08-2007, 03:16 PM   #6
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Toss it, and replace it with a Better Bottle.
Can't - I use a wort wizard. They won't stand up to the vacuum.
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While I'm in the camp that says a $30 carboy is a lot less expensive than shards of glass in your flesh, I have to relate this story from the proprietor of my LHBS.

He sold a carboy to a customer who brought it back shortly afterwards pointing out that there was a circular crack all the way around the bottom. The proprietor took it back and gave him a new one (solid of him!). Later he went to dispose of it and the dumpster was empty so he thought he'd have some fun and smash it inside. He threw it in and it just bounced around in there, even with the pre-existing crack!

Now to quote david_42 "glass is really weird stuff" and if he'd thrown a brand new, uncompromised carboy in there in the same way it might well have shattered. Go figure.

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Definitely get another one. Same thing happened to a buddy of mine. He fermented his beer fine, moved it around and everything seemed fine UNTIL he hit it with warmish/hot water to clean is. Glass city.

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If I've said it once I said it a million times...MILK CRATES!!!

Also, if you are going to do a lot of work on a cement patio you could use a layer of cardboard under your working are where the glass is.

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Oh, this is a blessing, and you don't even know it.

Siphon your beer out. Fill the thing with piss or some other wretched substance. Then toss it at someone that has it coming. kablamo. make life interesting.

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