Sorry to hear that. Sure sounds like a great loss, but thankfully you didn't get any serious injuries. For that same reason I use better bottles. I'm such a clumsy person, I just couldn't take the risk. Sure hope you re compensate for the loss in the very near future.
The only thing stopping me from Better Bottles is that I don't want to scratch them with a brush... Also, can I use PBW in them? I have a lot of it.
No need to brush. The plastic is slick so even dried krausen doesn't stay stuck for long if you fill with OxyClean and hot water and let 'er sit. Just make sure you rinse off the Oxy I'm sure PBW would do the trick just fine
These are less than $10 at my LHBS.
Those belts are how i broke my second carboy (i bought a belt after breaking the first) ... i carefully lifted a full carboy with one and it just burst thru the side strap and broke ... converted to better bottles and my back feels a lot better too.