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Old 10-05-2008, 02:08 AM   #11
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I would rack about 1 gallon less and fit a blowoff tube. If you don't have one just put an airlock on and get one tommorow. Just eat the 1 gallon and save the whole batch rather than chancing losing the whole 5 gallons by letting it sit overnight.

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Old 10-05-2008, 02:48 AM   #12
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I did the same thing sort of on my last brew day. I picked up my glass carboy that was full of sanitizing solution with one hand on the neck and one on the bottom, but my hand slipped and BOOM - glass and water went everywhere. Fortunately for me, I wasn't using that as my fermenter for this batch.

Good luck on your fermentation and invest in better bottles.

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Old 10-05-2008, 12:07 PM   #13
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Default Canvass tote bags rule!

I put all my carboys in canvass tote bags, both the glass ones and the better bottles.

They not only make the carboy easy to move, they also block light, and the provide some cushioning to the glass ones.

The free totes than Olin pool chemicals used to give away are the best. Perfect size and very sturdy.

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Old 10-05-2008, 12:49 PM   #14
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I wound up pitching the yeast in the carboy last night. My wife came home with a 5 gallon bucket from the bakery, so that wasn't going to be any better. I was able, to my surprise, to fit a 3/8" hose into the rubber stopper as a blowoff hose.
When several of you mentioned investing in "better bottles", I was confused..didn't know if you meant better quality carboys (?)...then it just occurred to be to Google better bottles... nice. Are they susceptible to being scratched by the carboy brush, though?

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Old 10-05-2008, 01:09 PM   #15
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Are they susceptible to being scratched by the carboy brush, though?
No. If you don't use a carboy brush.

They are PET so they rinse well and never need scrubbing.

In fact I store all of my empty fermentors in bleach water. 5 gallons: 2 oz bleach.

Using this solution I have never needed to use my carboy brush to clean a fermentor. (glass or PET)
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I had it filled with a bleach/water solution in my basement and it broke from the handle when I lifted it!
What kind of carboy/handle was this? The metal ones that clamp around the neck are *not* designed for use when the carboy has anything in it.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:55 PM   #17
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Yes, it was a metal (coated with vinyl) handle... well I learned my lesson after many years. I am going to look into a 6 gallon Better Bottle.
Most importantly, I forgot to mention, it looks like my ESB is off to a nice, healthy fermentation this morning. There's no blow off in the pitcher, though.

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Yes, it was a metal (coated with vinyl) handle... well I learned my lesson after many years. I am going to look into a 6 gallon Better Bottle.
I use the nylon strap style, they are great to use and would still work for carrying a BB.
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:22 PM   #19
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What kind of carboy/handle was this? The metal ones that clamp around the neck are *not* designed for use when the carboy has anything in it.
Those things should come with a warning label glued to them, telling you to never lift a full carboy with them.
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No. If you don't use a carboy brush.
That's the magic of Oxy Clean.
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