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Old 12-28-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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I've done it a hundred times with no problem, poured hot wort into a glass carboy. I just spent the last two hours brewing an Imperial Pale Ale on the old wood stove in the man cave, was going to pour it into the carboy and let it cool over night while the yeast starter did it's magic, half way through the pour it sounded like a .22 going off. The whole bottom of the carboy blew off and dumped about 2 1/2 to 3 gallons of wort onto the floor. I just killed my favorite carboy and I don't know what I am going to do with the left over wort. I was so pissed I just tossed a cover on it and used the shop vac to try and clean up the mess. Maybe after I settle down I'll figure out what to do with it. I know it won't be an Imperial but I could just add water until I get a fair SG. At least my yeast won't go to waste that way. Man am I pissed at myself!

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Old 12-28-2011, 12:52 AM   #2
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guess that's why they say never add hot wort to glass vessel. only a matter or time before ya lose a carboy and a batch of beer.

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Sucks. Although it's surprising you got away with it as long as you did. Shop vac to the rescue!

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Grab yourself a plastic bucket fermenter in the morning and get the remainder fermenting. The smaller quantity in the big bucket is no problem for a couple weeks or more, then you can rack to another carboy for aging and dry hopping.

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Good god man he just lost a carboy... Don't put crazy plastic thoughts in his head.

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dude, my Hopfenmalz almost came out my nose, thanks a lot.......
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Good god man he just lost a carboy... Don't put crazy plastic thoughts in his head.
But he had just sacrificed a carboy, I was trying to keep him from sacrificing the other half of his Imperial! Plastic buckets are available so many places.
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Thanks for the kind thoughts folks. After a night filled with bad dreams I am past the morning stage (but I will dress in black today). My (sniffle) plastic carboy will be called into duty today as a primary and my trusty favorite will be stripped of accessories and laid to rest with all the dignity I can muster.
A few months ago I made a wort chiller and just chose not to use it... stupid, stupid, stupid!

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