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Old 12-29-2009, 01:16 AM   #31
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There was a letter in the latest issue of Zymurgy about a guy who damn near cut his hand off when a glass carboy broke. I know the chances of that happening are pretty slim, but I've been thinking about making the switch to Better Bottles. Some kind of carboy carrier would probably be a good idea to have as well.
I had just broken my little toe on my right foot on Wednesday and was brewing on Saturday. I had bare feet because it was summer and no shoes felt better. So I was carrying a six and a half gallon carboy full of was to the sink and I smacked that broken toe into the metal kettle stand. Dropped the carboy that broke all over the place. So now I have broken, wet glass right where I'm standing in bare feet with a broken toe.Fortunately my wife heard the noise (and me crying like a baby in pain) and came out and cleared a path to the house.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:47 AM   #32
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ouch, that sounds as bad as the brick barrel insurance claim!

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Old 12-29-2009, 01:55 AM   #33
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well what you need to be concerned about is that we are lifting/moving boiling water and its easy enough to say drop the pot your holding and have that hot freaking water splash up into your face. also when your boiling your wort its also a sugar solution so it tends to stick to bare skin.
Maybe you need a chiller? I only move wort at 70 degrees.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:57 AM   #34
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Don't carry full carboys by the handle only...

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Old 12-29-2009, 02:02 AM   #35
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Don't carry full carboys by the handle only...
uh, DAMN!

I haven't used my glass carboy yet, but with my next stout I will. I have a handle - how do you recommend carrying/moving it when it's full?
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uh, DAMN!

I haven't used my glass carboy yet, but with my next stout I will. I have a handle - how do you recommend carrying/moving it when it's full?
One hand on the handle and another under the bottom of the carboy. Others will say put it in a milk crate, but I find that too bulky.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:23 PM   #37
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Before I knew that I didn't know better, I poured straight from the kettle into my first carboy (through a funnel of ice). Not enough to chill it, I found out.

I heard a 'CRACK', but everything looked normal. Except for the wort on the floor. The carboy had cracked all the way around, along the outside of the thicker base.

So I had a big glass funnel sitting inverted on a glass frisbee, slowly dribbling hot wort all over the kitchen.

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Buy a brew hauler for $35 and don't worry about handles. Those handles just lead to broken carboys.

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Buy a brew hauler for $35 and don't worry about handles. Those handles just lead to broken carboys.
Total waste of money. That is as much as the carboy. Just carry the carboy with a hand on the bottom like a man.
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That's twice as much as a carboy.

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