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Old 02-18-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default How do you guys move your carboys around?

Well, threw out my back last night while I was bottling my second batch, and I realized there's gotta be a better way. The way my house is set up I have to move my carboys down one flight of stairs. I realized I probably need to get a push cart or something; what do you guys do? Those 6.5 gallon Carboys get heavy when they're filled!

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Old 02-18-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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I gave up on glass a long time ago, strictly buckets for homebrewing now

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Old 02-18-2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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Harbor Freight dolly with carboy in milk crate. I use BB now instead of glass which helps cut the weight.
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^^^thats exactly what I need. What do you sacrifice switching from glass to plastic?

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^^^thats exactly what I need. What do you sacrifice switching from glass to plastic?
Weight.

The ability to use brushes to clean; I find a 2 : 1 :: oxiclean : TSP solution will make quick work of fermentation residue, however; and you can get away with using a small amount (and a small amount of water) by inverting the BB in a small pail … only 1-2 gallons water (and the related amount of cleaners) needed, then. It does still take time, however … so racking out of a BB and quickly cleaning (with a wire brush) and sanitizing to turn the carboy around for a new batch is somewhat out of the question.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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Carboy handles. They're available at almost any reputable HMS for less than 10 bucks. Of course buckets are also an option, but may cost more initially. IDK, I don't brew in plastic. Not that there is anything wrong with it, just a matter of choice and the gear I started with. I just love Stainless and Glass. Again plastic is just fine, and as previously mentioned, lighter, and won't dent or shatter on ya. Carboy Handles. I don't think there's any flavor difference brewing with plastic, however you must be careful cleaning your plastic as any abrasion marks left behind may create hiding spots for bad stuff. So just be careful cleaning your plastic, keep good sanitation procedures and brew on!

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I use a rope hauler from a DIY I found on here. I'd link it but I'm on my phone. Doesn't help with weight but it's a lot less awkward.

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But you're not supposed to use carboy handles on full carboys - they are only meant for carrying empty ones.
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If you can handle the weight of a full glass carboy, a milk crate is quite good for carrying it safely.

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Well, threw out my back last night while I was bottling my second batch, and I realized there's gotta be a better way. The way my house is set up I have to move my carboys down one flight of stairs. I realized I probably need to get a push cart or something; what do you guys do? Those 6.5 gallon Carboys get heavy when they're filled!
Lots of people use milk crates, but a BrewHauler may be better in your case because you won't have to bend over as far to grab the handles. Also using Better Bottles instead of glass will help cut the weight, not to mention the risk of dropping it going down the stairs.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/the-brew-hauler.html
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