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Old 06-11-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone broke a glass carboy while using a milkcrate or BrewHauler?

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Old 06-11-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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Personally no, although I've never broken a carboy (although I'm sure many who have will, justifiably, say that's not an if but a when type of thing).

Certainly if you drop it it's still going to break. Although the odds of dropping are reduced. I've never gone the milk crate route myself, but do make sure my BrewHauler is strapped in properly lest the carboy slip out.

Point being, yes, I'm sure it's happened to a number of people.

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:55 AM   #3
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Personally no, although I've never broken a carboy (although I'm sure many who have will, justifiably, say that's not an if but a when type of thing).

Certainly if you drop it it's still going to break. Although the odds of dropping are reduced. I've never gone the milk crate route myself, but do make sure my BrewHauler is strapped in properly lest the carboy slip out.

Point being, yes, I'm sure it's happened to a number of people.
And that really gets to the heart of this threads question. Has anyone that uses a milk crate or BrewHauler actually had a carboy failure when the crate or Brewhauler was being used? Not speculation that it probably or might have happened, but has it? And what were the circumstances?

+1 on being careful with making sure the Brewhauler is well setup and doesnt slip!!


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Old 06-12-2014, 02:06 AM   #4
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I use both of those, and never a problem. With the BrewHauler, it's important to have the straps spaced evenly. You don't want a large gap the the carboy can slip through.

For plastic milk crates, only use the real ones. The cheap "crates" they sell in the storage goods section of stores are too thin and flimsy.

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I use milk crates....never had a problem in many, many years. But lately I've been hearing many horror stories of broken glass carboys. Seriously thinking of switching to plastic.

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Thanks for the input!!! Keep it coming!


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I only have one carboy that I bought from a homebrew store over 16 years ago. It's got a batch of skeeter pee in it right now. I made my own hauler out of 7mm hemp cord, basically it's exactly the same design as a New England style crab net. It would be fairly difficult for a large piece of glass to escape, even if the carboy did break. Hemp is difficult to slice, especially when it's wet, and due to the way I tied the net, it can suffer multiple broken sections without affecting overall integrity.

Carboys are a pretty bad design for fermentation, though, in general. Teardrop shaped demijohns are far superior in terms of both cleaning as well as structural strength due to the lack of edges. Plus, they come with a carrying basket that also serves to keep the sunlight out. I do love glass, but I'll never buy another carboy. Only more demijohns from here on out.

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