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Old 05-24-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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hello all,
I was given a 12 gallon glass carboy and wanted to get a rubber stopper and air lock for it. The sucker weighs 77 pounds by itself! Any clue on size? (i read conflicting info; #12?)
Bottling my wildflower wheat ale this am.
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Holy hell. A 12 gallon glass carboy? I've seen lots of accidents from 5 or 6 gallon ones. Can't imagine a 12 gallon one. I had to google it because I almost couldn't believe it existed. Of course Amazon has one - for $800 for $80 in shipping (not prime eligible )!!

Maybe this sizing chart will help you.

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Wow! I don't think I've ever seen one that big in my life. I'd hate to be the one to try & move that when it's full. I like the sound of wildflower wheat. Did you add wildflower honey or what?

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Wow! I don't think I've ever seen one that big in my life.
That's what she said...
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both wildflowers....and honey. i cant wait.
thanks to you all !! ^

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That's what she said...
Always funny.

Ok, so I have to ask...how are you going to use it? I can't imagine you'd try to move it after it's full. So are you going to place it on a shelf then fill it so that after fermentation you can rack to a bottling bucket or keg?
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not 100% sure. but i will find a way. the bottom line it was being thrown out and they knew at work that i home brew. when i got home with it i saw its a 800.00 piece. i can sell it and upgrade my home brewing or make a 10 gallon batch in it and watch all hell break loose. it was so dam beautiful i couldn't watch it be thrown away. i agree too, impossible to physically move it, unless onto a ..... you're right. how the hell.....
i could also fill it with coins and when i retire in 15 years, Ill have a few hundred grand!
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The #1 complaint...it's never big enough!
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both wildflowers....and honey. i cant wait.
thanks to you all !! ^
Hmm,I've used dandelion flowers in apple jack in the past. What kind of wild flowers in a wheat?
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I can understand how you'll fill it and I assume you can use an auto siphon to get beer out (actually, are they long enough (another TWSS opportunity)), but what I want to know is: how are you going to clean this thing? Seems like more of a PITA than a help, but more power to you if you can make it work!

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not 100% sure. but i will find a way. the bottom line it was being thrown out and they knew at work that i home brew. when i got home with it i saw its a 800.00 piece. i can sell it and upgrade my home brewing or make a 10 gallon batch in it and watch all hell break loose. it was so dam beautiful i couldn't watch it be thrown away. i agree too, impossible to physically move it, unless onto a ..... you're right. how the hell.....
i could also fill it with coins and when i retire in 15 years, Ill have a few hundred grand!
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Sorry, don't me to be a buzzkill, but it does seem a little problematic. The only thing I could think of was maybe some kind of lift table or a hoist...but both of those present their own problems and might be more trouble than they're worth. If you have a pump you could place it up on a table/shelf then pump from boil kettle to fermenter. Then when finished you could gravity feed to bottle/keg.

Selling it might be the best long-term solution. It might take a while to sell it, but assuming you could get even half of what they're selling for online, that's a lot of money to work with on upgrades.
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