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rabassa 12-08-2012 05:40 PM

Glass
 
I wanted to share a recent mishap with my fellow homebrewers. This isn't meant to be an argument against glass or for plastic it's merely a story To remind people to take an extra measure of caution when dealing with glass.

I started brewing in 1992 and Brewed pretty consistently until about 2003 when I moved out of town to a much smaller place. With the lack of space and time I pretty much stopped brewing at that point.

A few weeks ago I decided I need to start brewing again so I rebuilt my system and brewed my first batch in almost 10 years. Yesterday was time to rack my first batch. I unpacked my 5 gallon carboys and began washing them in the sink. While giving it a final rinse with Sanitizer it slipped from my hands and smashed. A large fragment sliced open my arm. While compressing my wound I had the wherewithal to make it out of the house and to neighbors house where she called 911.

The glass fragment caused two lacerations in my arm, one severing a tendon and cutting into the muscle. A handful of stitches were required to reattach the muscle and 12 stitches to seal up the external lacerations.

The first thing I did when I got home last night was to go online and order plastic replacements for all my glass.

Although I still feel that glass is better for fermentation, after last night's incident I don't feel comfortable using it anymore.

On a brighter note my beer was unaffected although racking it in the next week or so will present a challenge.

So if you're going to stick with glass please please be careful.

Rich

markm2151 12-08-2012 05:52 PM

Glad to hear you're ok, safety reminders cannot be underestimated.

rabassa 12-08-2012 10:41 PM

Thanks mark,

I appreciate it.
Rich

Nightshade 12-08-2012 10:44 PM

Good to hear you are doing ok Rich.
Things like that happen so fast instinct kicks in and once it's over you are usually left scratching your head wondering how it happened and how you had the presence of mind to make it through clear headed.

Sacdan 12-09-2012 02:20 PM

I stopped using glass several years ago because of stories like yours. Now I use Stainless or Plastic.

rabassa 12-09-2012 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nightshade
Good to hear you are doing ok Rich.
Things like that happen so fast instinct kicks in and once it's over you are usually left scratching your head wondering how it happened and how you had the presence of mind to make it through clear headed.

Thanks Nightshade.

It could have been much worse.
Also i'm a stay at home dad and my kids were here... 3 kids under the age of four. Luckily two were napping and the oldest was watching tv. My biggest worry was passing out before I could get help...

Rich

rabassa 12-09-2012 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sacdan
I stopped using glass several years ago because of stories like yours. Now I use Stainless or Plastic.

Ah Stainless steel would be awesome but I don't think my wife would allow me to spend that much... ;)

Rich

bad67z 12-09-2012 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rabassa (Post 4665079)
Ah Stainless steel would be awesome but I don't think my wife would allow me to spend that much... ;)

Rich


Glad to hear your ok, I have a number of close calls. And have thought about converting to Stainless and plastic. I am sure the cost of getting stitched up was more than a stainless fermenter.

Golddiggie 12-09-2012 03:19 PM

Glad you're ok, it could have been much worse. I would just leave the batches in primary until ready for bottling. I would also see if you can locate some used, decommissioned sanke kegs (legit) and start fermenting in those. There are ways to extract fro. Those that don't require any lifting (a good thing while you heal. PM me if you're interested in how I've been doing it and will be changing that in the very near future.

rabassa 12-10-2012 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Golddiggie
Glad you're ok, it could have been much worse. I would just leave the batches in primary until ready for bottling. I would also see if you can locate some used, decommissioned sanke kegs (legit) and start fermenting in those. There are ways to extract fro. Those that don't require any lifting (a good thing while you heal. PM me if you're interested in how I've been doing it and will be changing that in the very near future.

Hey Golddiggie,

Yeah I would love to hear how you are fermenting in the kegs.

Rich


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