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Old 06-12-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default Carboy VS. Thumb

Just another horror tale about exploding carboys.
I was carrying a 6.5 gallon down into my basement, when about 3 steps to go the bottom gave way and it basically exploded in my hand. I treat my carboys like they're my children..so I have no explanation to what happened. I ended up in the ER all night resulting in 10 stitches and no felling at all in my thumb, which very well could be permanent. I've been brewing almost 10 years and haven't even broke as much a hydrometer..so be careful out there..
Time to pick a few more better bottles!

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
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Ouch. I hope it all heals up ok for you.

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:41 PM   #3
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Damn! Makes me glad I uses the plastic jugs. Hope the feeling in your thumb comes back. Drink the pain away I guess.

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Ouch that is nasty! Makes me paranoid. I just picked up a 6.5 gallon from a guy that was not 'ribbed' like my other ones, just plain glass. Makes me think it is not as strong. It has a batch in it right now. I wish I could find some milk crates to use to carry it. The ones you see in stores any more are just cheap flimsy knockoffs for dorm room use.

Hope that heals up for you though.

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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Holy cow. I just sold a 7G to a neighbor this past weekend at a yard sale. I told her to be very careful!!

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Those nylon web carriers work really well. I like my glass carboys, but I won't pick a full one up without the carrier.

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That sucks man.

I've got 5 better bottles and 2 glass. The glass ones I use for sours, but when I bottle my current sours I'm giving them away. I got them for free anyway so no loss there. I have ZERO love for the glass carboys. I've done sours in plastic and they came out perfect.

Hope that heals up well for you.

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Thanks guys. No love for glass here (anymore) either. I have six other 6.5g and 4 5g glass though. I carry the 5's in milk crates, but the 6.5's don't fit so well. I have 3 better bottles that I love and will be replacing all my glass with them very soon.

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Yikes! You really might want to go see a specialist for a second opinion on the loss of feeling. They *may* be able to do more for you than the ER doc.

I hope you don't play guitar...

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Quote:
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Yikes! You really might want to go see a specialist for a second opinion on the loss of feeling. They *may* be able to do more for you than the ER doc.

I hope you don't play guitar...
+1000

I cut the pad off my index finger with a filet knife 2-3 years ago and still have no feeling. Definitely get it checked out! I never went to the specialist and I wish I had.

And yes, I was a (bass) guitar player

Best wishes on the injury
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