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Old 02-16-2009, 02:34 PM   #21
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I just traded my last 2 glass carboys in at LHBS last night. Walked out with a pair of ported better bottles

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Old 02-16-2009, 02:37 PM   #22
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The older, nice thick 6.5gals are definitely a lot more durable IMO. I have used my carboy neck handles for carrying before (yeah yeah I know...), but I now have a nice folding dolly to cart them around with now:

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Old 02-16-2009, 02:47 PM   #23
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This looks like a nice idea too:

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Old 02-16-2009, 03:17 PM   #24
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This looks like a nice idea too:
Those carboy carriers are great! I have four carboys- two 5-gal and two 6 1/2 gal- and use the Brew Haulers for all of them. I keep telling myself that I'm going to get Better Bottles if something ever happens, but it's been years now with no issues. And I have taken them outside in winter with the ambient temps in the single digits and filled them with 65* wort without any issues. I think the OP just got a bad carboy.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:05 PM   #25
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My family has 10 probably 12 of the 5gal glass carboys. We've used them for around 7-8 years now and always handle them by the neck. Its just that much easier to grab them.

We haven't had a single one with stress cracks. We wash them out with room temperature water though. They say right on them don't put warm water in them.

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Old 02-16-2009, 05:15 PM   #26
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Whatever you use, surely it is all just a matter of being aware of the condition of your equipment, your lifting capabilities, and handling everything in the safest possible manner.

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Old 02-16-2009, 05:26 PM   #27
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When someone comes up with a different shape for glass carboys...as in with built in handles, or even glas carboys with heavy plastic handles added on, I will consider using them again. It only took me one experience of a carboy hitting the floor while full that showed me with glass shards and 5 gallons of wasted brew to lead me back to the plastic. Despite the screaming hoards, I have never experienced a plastic taste with food grade plastic fermenters.

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Old 02-16-2009, 05:45 PM   #28
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My first 6 gal carboy got these lines after 3 brews. They look like someone took car keys and scratched some lines into the glass. I didn't know what they're from. I think I would have noticed them before if they were there before. I only pick it up by the neck when it's empty. When it's full, it never moves from the location that I fill it. I guess I thought they were a lot more sturdy than this. I thuroughly wash it, maybe too much, and that's the only time I guess that may have caused it. I probably lifted it by the neck with a gallon of water in it when rinsing. :-(

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Old 02-16-2009, 05:57 PM   #29
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I have a bunch of glass carboys as well. I've never had an issue with any of them but now that BB's area cheaper, I'll be steering away from glass on future purchases.

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Old 02-16-2009, 06:10 PM   #30
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We use glass and never hand a problem like that
I must say that the two times i tried to bounce them on the concrete floor cracks appeared before i could say *****

I would expect neck to be the strongest part of the bottle as the amount of glass is greater. Its hard to believe you have real cracks. I think it just got scratched them some how.

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