Originally Posted by Bulls Beers
I use carboy handles to carry bottles all the time. Where does it say you can't use them for carrying? It also gives you a little extra grip when cleaning them out.
You can carry EMPTY ones with them, but it says right in the product description (http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/carboy-handle.html
) that if your carboy is full, the handle is just an "assist", and it must be supported from the bottom... a la Brew Hauler or milk crates. You should NEVER carry a full carboy using just the handle, they are not designed to be "load-bearing"... plus, that's just bad physics... why on earth would you carry a 50+ pound full carboy using just the handle, and focus all that weight on the weakest part (neck)?
Sorry about your injury man... I can understand if it keeps you from using glass again. I think glass is awesome, and have found that simple precautions such as wearing dishwashing gloves for gripping power, or never grabbing a carboy that still has wet StarSan on the outside, go a long way. I've never even come close to a "FAIL" using glass... I think people just need to be a bit more careful.