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Old 11-28-2010, 04:36 PM   #1
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I think my 5 gallon carboy is cracking. What do you think? These are slightly rough to the touch and I don't remember them being there before. I just moved 5 gallons of pale ale into it so hopefully it holds until I free up a keg.



by the way, I let my wife taste the gravity test.... "wow that's good" Can't wait to start drinking this.

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Old 11-28-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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It's hard to tell from photos of course, but those look like scratches to me. Cracks in glass tend to form in very different patterns in glass - more spider-webby, not a whole bunch of small parallel lines. And the fact that they're rough to the touch reinforces my hypothesis.

Move your head around, look at it from different angles; if the light distortion doesn't go all the way through the glass, they are scratches.

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Old 11-28-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
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I really don't know, but what about stress fractures, maybe from carrying it by the neck when full?

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Old 11-28-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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I had the exact same thing happen to me with a carboy from Midwest Supply, they exchanged it for a BetterBottle.

Here's a pic of mine.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/no-m...me-pic-103596/

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Old 11-28-2010, 07:11 PM   #5
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I want say I've got them in almost all of mine. I would say it's where the glass buckled from not being able to cleanly follow the bend in the neck during fabrication.

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Old 11-28-2010, 07:21 PM   #6
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I keep my carboys in milk crates at all times...even when washing them. They take up a little more room but I dont have to worry about killing myself from a broken carboy.

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Old 11-28-2010, 07:35 PM   #7
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I think my 5 gallon carboy is cracking. What do you think? These are slightly rough to the touch and I don't remember them being there before. I just moved 5 gallons of pale ale into it so hopefully it holds until I free up a keg.



by the way, I let my wife taste the gravity test.... "wow that's good" Can't wait to start drinking this.
They look like stress cracks. I don't know if you use a Carboy neck handle or not, but I've always been worried about those stressing the neck.

When you clean it, do you use really hot water?
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