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Old 04-29-2010, 12:52 PM   #1
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I had a friend give me a old glass 5 gallon carboy used for water. From dear park co. I can use that for brewing right. i know stupid question

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Old 04-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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Hey Dude, its not a stupid question at all. If its in good shape, it should be fine. I use a 5 gallon glass carboy for a secondary/bright tank. If its exactly 5 gallons, it might be a little small for a primary fermentation, if you do the standard 5 gallon batches. The krausen would probably push out the carboy during the fermentation. But you could do 4 gallon batch in it with no problem. It might be worth measuring exactly how big the carboy is.

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Old 04-29-2010, 01:20 PM   #3
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I had a friend give me a old glass 5 gallon carboy used for water. From dear park co. I can use that for brewing right. i know stupid question
If you do ferment 5 gallon batches in it use a blowoff tube.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:29 PM   #4
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Yup good, it's nice to have good friends. Just clean that sucker out with some sanitizer and also I would invest in a glass carboy handle. Don't want to break that thing.

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And NOT the handle that goes around the neck! They aren't made to support the carboy. Use a milk crate or a brew hauler!

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Old 04-29-2010, 11:33 PM   #7
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You might want to still use a plastic bucket for your primary to avoid some of the blow off problems. I got an old water 5 Gal carboy many years back and have used it ever since. I also got a 6 and half gal chemical carboy a couple years back. I cleaned it well and use that for primary and secondary. It works better for the primary because it gives that much more head space but it works great. I don't glow green so I guess I got all the chemical residue out or maybe not and I will learn about it later.

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i need to get a carboy handle. Nothing wrong with free stuff

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Wow I didn't know any spring water companies used glass vessels. Sounds like a sweet deal.

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i need to get a carboy handle. Nothing wrong with free stuff
The Brew Hauler works great I don't worry about carrying full carboys up the cellar stairs anymore.
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