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Old 10-04-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default Broke my 6 gal carboy on brew day!

I've had this 6 gallon carboy for, oh, at least 12 years, and have moved it with me through multiple states and homes... I had it filled with a bleach/water solution in my basement and it broke from the handle when I lifted it! Ack..glass and water all over the basement floor. Ok, I'm pretty much over that part...but my 5 gallon batch is almost ready to come off the boil and all I have is a 5 gallon carboy. I'm wondering if it would make sense to rack it to the carboy overnight and get a 6 gallon or so bucket tomorrow and pitch the yeast then.
It's already 6:30 pm on Saturday...my wife just ran out to the supermarket and she is going to ask in the bakery if they have any extra buckets.
Am I asking for trouble if I leave the wort in a sealed carboy overnight?

This is my 2nd batch in years and I want this to come out well (it's an all-grain Fullers ESB clone BTW).

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Old 10-04-2008, 11:40 PM   #2
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While it's not ideal, you should be fine to leave it for a day if you seal it up quickly. I've had to leave a batch for about 12 hours after I lost my yeast packet and the LHBS was closed for the day. It turned out to be one of the best beers I've brewed.

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Old 10-04-2008, 11:43 PM   #3
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It will be fine in a 5gal carboy, just get a blowoff tube. A better bottle would be a nice investment. And a note for next time, NEVER lift from the handle, use it for stabalizing, but not lifting, the neck isnt that strong, milk crate is the way to go.

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Old 10-04-2008, 11:44 PM   #4
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If you don't have a cap that'll seal on the carboy, you can stretch some plastic wrap over the opening then put your drilled stopper in.

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Old 10-04-2008, 11:51 PM   #5
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I say pitch your yeast and rig up some sort of blow off tube.
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^That's what I was going to suggest

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Thanks for all of the quick feedback! My wife called from the supermarket -- the bakery gave her a food grade bucket and she'll be home soon. I just finished cooling the wort.
I don't really have suitable blowoff tubing on hand for the 5 gal carboy, so if the bucket is right, I'm going to sanitize and ferment in that.
Whew.

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I'd make sure its more than 5 gal. If its all scratched up, then I think you are better off with the carboy.

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I'd make sure its more than 5 gal. If its all scratched up, then I think you are better off with the carboy.
Regardless.... I think you would be better off w/ the carboy
Just my .02
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I gotta say go with glass and a blowoff. If you do not have a blow off just cover with plastic wrap or tin foil and place it in something to catch the mess.

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