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Old 03-13-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default Carboy Dangers (and potential death)

Yesterday I asked in the beginners forum, what was better, a Carboy or a Bucket? It only took a couple of responses to remind me of the dangers of carboys. I will be sticking with buckets. Back in 1980, my brother, who was back from the military and starting his life a civilian, was killed by a carboy. Only he (20 yrs) and I (17 yrs) were home at the time. He was sleeping on the couch in the family room when I woke him up. He saw the time and realized he was late for work. He got up quickly and slipped on a throw rug and fell onto a carboy that was on the fireplace threshold. It was used for keeping spare change. Used as a decorative piece. Well, the carboy shattered and a sliver of glass shot into his leg hitting, I think, the femoral artery. He bled to death before the ambulance made it. It is amazing how fast it happened. And how life is so truly precious. While time is supposed to heal wounds, it doesn't. I try not to think of that day, but, when I do, it's tough. He was my only brother and I just wonder what type of a relationship we would now have. He would have been 53 and I am now 50. I am sure he would enjoy the brew I am now making.

Anyway, stick to buckets, I forgot how safe they actually are....

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Old 03-13-2011, 11:57 PM   #2
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sorry for your loss man

I use buckets, carboys scare me

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Old 03-14-2011, 12:01 AM   #3
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sorry for your loss man

I use buckets, carboys scare me
Thanks!

BTW, I love the picture.....
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:18 AM   #4
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I'm sorry you had that happen in your family.

I started with glass carboys, but quickly realized the potential dangers they posed. I've switched to better bottles, and am much more comfortable with them.

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Old 03-14-2011, 02:20 AM   #5
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I'm very sorry for your loss.
I also switched to better bottles after realizing I was moving my beer while my kids were running around.

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Old 03-14-2011, 01:57 PM   #6
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I quit using the handle on the neck thingee, a while back. I keep mine in a "muck bucket" most of the time for blowoff containment and use two people to move it around when full.

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Ya'll are making me worried about the 6.5 gal carboy I just ordered.

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Msarro,
Carry that carboy in a milk crate and be damn careful. I've used one for 3 years and it's great but be careful.

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I wonder if it'd be worth it to look into a demijohn tub. The type that you usually see wine fermenting in.

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Wow, what a crazy freak accident. Sorry to hear about your brother but I am still going to use my glass carboys. We have a baby boy on the way and I have full intentions of having all of my beer stuff (carboys included) to be tucked away where he can't get to when he is old enough to be moving around and getting into trouble.

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