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Old 10-24-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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Yep my first Homebrew related injury. I dropped my 5gal carboy last night, tried to catch it with my left hand but was too slow and ended up sticking my hand in a pile of broken glass. It looks like a wild animal got a hold of my hand. 6 stitches in my index finger and 3 in my ring finger along with about a dozen other smaller cuts. On the bright side the entire batch was bottled already and I did it while cleaning the carboy, so I didn't loase a drop of beer! The beer I made was a mild maple brown ale and is one of the brews I've been most excited about since I started doing it. Bad part is now I need to buy a new carboy Think maybe I'll go with 2 2.5 gal ones insstead of the 5 gal since it was a little hard to handle and I can be a clutz. I figure that way when I wanna do a fruit beer I can do two flavors with one batch (I'm not huge on fruit beers but SWMBO likes them)
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:22 PM   #3
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Better Bottle FTW!

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Old 10-24-2010, 10:23 PM   #4
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No shame in buckets. They're cheap to replace if you're concerned with the sanitary aspects. Of course, I've used glass carboys off and on for many many years and haven't broken one yet (knocking on wood), let alone injured myself.

Sorry for your injury. Keep on keeping on!

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Old 10-24-2010, 11:25 PM   #5
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Yep I bought that carboy pretty early on when I was more worried about doing everything perfect. The more I read, the less difference glass makes vs plastic and plastic is way way easier to work with.... and it won't cost me a pint of blood

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Old 10-24-2010, 11:35 PM   #6
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Carboys are all a matter of personal preference-no real advantages/disadvantages to either (aside from the hand mauling which you received ). If you end up sticking with glass, do yourself the favor and get a carboy handle. Makes moving a 60 lb. hunk of glass and precious brau a million times easier. (I believe they make them for Better Bottles too...not sure about the snap-on versions though.)

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Old 10-24-2010, 11:36 PM   #7
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Sounds painful, 51 - sorry you got hurt like that

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same happened to me a year ago, horrible scare on my right pinky from it

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I also did the same a year ago. I was lucky it only had sanitzer in the carboy. I promptly went to my LHBS and purchased a Better Bottle.

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I use plastic milk crates to keep my glass carboys and I keep them in the crates at all times, even when washing, filling and scrubbing. I highly recommend the milk crate to keep you out of the ER.
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