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Old 05-23-2014, 01:43 AM   #31
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I have a lot of Carboys, and am getting rid of all of them. With the cool new plastics and cheaper SS the glass is just not a safe option. Anytime I think a lass carboy is cool I look down at my leg at the scar I have from an exploding carboy.


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Old 05-23-2014, 01:58 AM   #32
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I bought a SS fermenter after reading too many of these stories, danger aside I do not want to clean up 5 gal of wort ever. The $200 sucked for something that a $15 bucket could handle, but I won't have to replace it for a long long time and there is 0 chance of a catastrophic failure

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Old 05-23-2014, 03:10 AM   #33
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I'm strict Better Bottles and have been since I started 3+ years ago. I have 3,5,&6 gal sizes. Only wish they made a seven gallon.
They're easy to clean, lighter, and don't break.


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Old 05-23-2014, 03:40 AM   #34
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I use old five gallon bottled-water carboys (Arrowhead/Puritas) for fermenters. That's crowding things a little for five-gallon batches, and I've considered buying some modern six or six-and-a-half gallon carboys so I can maybe retire my blow-off tubes. But reading all the horror stories about carboys getting broken or just self-destructing has pretty much scared me out of the idea.

The three I use are all fifty or sixty years old, and much heavier-duty than what I see at my LHBS. They were designed to be manhandled: they were schlepped around in trucks after being cleaned and refilled, carried in and out of houses and offices, and mistreated by folks switching them out on their water coolers. I figure if they've lasted this long, they aren't going to be popping on me unexpectedly....

On the other hand, I treat them with a lot more respect and care than I did before reading what can happen.

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Old 05-23-2014, 03:41 AM   #35
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I have several glass carboys that I use for both beer and wine.
I do not have any cheap ones though. They are all made in Italy or the older ones that were made in Mexico. They are all quite thick where it matters.

After each use I look over them carefully for any spots that look chipped or otherwise could be compromised.

Are there actually ones made in China?

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