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Old 11-28-2012, 03:33 PM   #21
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I use glass carboys almost exclusively and I love them, however I haven't ended up in the ER because of one either. I recognize that they are GLASS and thus are fragile, not to mention they are large panes of curved glass that get heavy and slippery. I got it and I attempt to be very careful when moving them around but recognize that accidents can happen. I switched from buckets to glass about 17 years ago and if I had to do it again today I would probably go with better bottles; assuming my research proved that they are inert and safe for long storage of acidic liquids. Actually, I'm considering adding to my fermenting arsenal and am looking at better bottles as an option for the "it's safer" issue already mentioned (BTW, do they make PET buckets? I would go that route if they did).

Regardless, about ideas to make glass carboys shatterproof. I have one issue with most of the ideas given, with the exception of plastidip, and that is that when I clean my carboy I like to get them clean inside and out. Tape will deteriorate and flake overtime which I can only imagine would eventually end up inside the carboy. I like the idea of plastidip but does it actually "grab" on to glass or is it a loose coating held in place by it's dried shape? One material I thought of was a foil tape (I know, it's still tape) that has about a 1mm backing of gummy rubber. I think it's commonly used for ducting work and to make airtight seals. I've used it for ducting where duct tape eventually came loose, and have used it on the roof of my house for sealing a small leak between two pieces of flashing where it sits exposed to UV all day everyday, and it still clings fast. It's moderate in price. To cover an entire carboy would certainly cost maybe $10 (hopefully no more), but it's also light impervious so would accomplish a couple tasks. I can't see it breaking down very quickly but it very well could. Anyway, it's food-for-thought.

Back to PET bottles, is there such a thing as a 7+ gallon PET bucket?

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So I just came across this site describing PET/PETE and the potential of leeching antimony trioxide?? Is this true?
http://beerlegends.com/fermenting-bu...lastic-carboys

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So I just came across this site describing PET/PETE and the potential of leeching antimony trioxide?? Is this true?
http://beerlegends.com/fermenting-bu...lastic-carboys
I might be wrong, can't find what I read before. But IIRC, PET/PETE only leeches chemicals if they get really hot (like leaving water bottles in your car in the summer) or after very long storage. Since most beer is only in the bucket for 3-4 weeks it is not a long enough time to leech anything significant.
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you are right. However, if I was given 6 glass carboys today, they would go STRAIGHT on Craigslist and the proceeds would buy BUCKETS.

I would NOT use them, no matter how many I had.

How many "I smashed my carboys on purpose" threads are there? Not a ton, but a lot.
I believe this is the third post in this thread's first two pages where you've said that. Its been heard. Many people prefer carboys for many reasons. Let them discuss it, please.
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Moderator note: There are plenty of other threads encouraging brewers not to use glass carboys. Please feel free to add to those threads or start a new one on that topic. Lets keep this thread on the OP's topic - using glass carboys safely.

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Moderator note: There are plenty of other threads encouraging brewers not to use glass carboys. Please feel free to add to those threads or start a new one on that topic. Lets keep this thread on the OP's topic - using glass carboys safely.

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Found them. I remembered that one of the solutions was "Plasti-dip"

Here's one of the threads. Trying to solve the carboy problem

And in there I actually had linked two other discussions I had recalled. But they never went anywhere. The one above did.
I don't feel like wading through 15 pages of discussion... did anyone take the plunge and break a glass carboy coated in plastidip (either intentionally or accidentally)?
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I wonder what a Gorilla-Glass carboy would cost...

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Hmm ... How about bedliner?
Yeah, you can even get it in a spray can.
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I don't feel like wading through 15 pages of discussion... did anyone take the plunge and break a glass carboy coated in plastidip (either intentionally or accidentally)?
Yes......

And the results, I'm not going to answer, you can skim it yourself. I skimmed it earlier. It took all of 5 minutes. A scroll button is a great thing for skimming forums.
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Going back to Fiberglass....imagine the possibilites???? You could shape it any way you wanted.



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