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Old 01-21-2012, 02:32 PM   #11
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That's it, I'm getting a brew hauler, unless someone can tell me where to get a milk crate.

For my current batch, I carried the carboy from outside, down the stairs and into the basement. Basement got too cold so I carried it up into the den. SWMBO didn't approve, so I carried it into the closet. I've been pushing my luck.
I just got mine and it is like night and day carrying that thing around. I was always worried about the throat or the carboy snapping off trying to use the carboy handles they make. I plan on leaving the brew hauler on when cleaning also, when it gets really slippery.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #12
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I accidently knocked over an empty 6-gal glass carboy, and man, that thing exploded. I sold all of the rest of my glass ones and replaced them with the 5- and 6-gal plastic carboys that morebeer sells. Love them. Just not worth the risk with my 5-year-old son in the house.

The thing I don't like about the plastic carboys is how they can flex and draw in liquid from the airlock so I went to Walmart and bought 6 milk crates for ~$20.

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Old 01-22-2012, 01:39 AM   #13
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I'm in the same boat. I started with glass, but didn't like the extra weight and the risk of breakage. Switched to better bottles and never looked back.

I still have my glass though. I'm going to start doing sours soon, and think I'll have to go back to glass for the extended aging I'll need with the sours. Not looking forward to using glass again to be honest.

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Old 01-22-2012, 01:49 AM   #14
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Here's the picture from the email I recieved. Didn't look good to me. It really makes you think.

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Old 01-22-2012, 02:04 AM   #15
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You'll never see that happen with stainless [sanke] fermenters (breaking and needing surgery to repair hand)... If you drop ANY full fermenter on your foot, it's going to hurt. At least with sanke fermenters, there's no risk of the handle(s) breaking on you. They also have two handles built to make it even easier. Plus, the handles are thick enough to not dig into your hands when you're carrying a full fermenter around.

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Old 01-22-2012, 02:19 AM   #16
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I love my glass carboys but every time I hear a horror story it makes me wonder. I do have brew haulers on both of mine though and I can't praise them enough. I love 'em. The only thing to watch is that they are properly aligned before you grab the handles and go but generally once you get them in place they stay there. Mine only come off as the last part of cleaning then the carboy goes upside down on one of those stand things and it gets put right back on.

I only move them full once... they get filled with wort (gravity feed) then right there they get measured, oxygenated and the yeast is pitched. Then I pick them up and they go about twenty feet then up and over into a chest freezer ferm chamber. I wouldn't dream of doing that move without the brew hauler. With it I am comfortable though as they are stable and even if I did hit something by accident and shatter it it is hanging below my hands and away from my body. At most I would get wet and pissed but not cut up.

After fermentation I use very low CO2 to push the beer into a keg. If by some crazy fluke the thing exploded from the CO2 (can't see it as the hose would pop loose long before that) it would be completely enclosed in the chest freezer. Again a huge mess but relatively safe injury wise.

I've thought about it and minimzed the risks but even then a huge glass bottle does kind of scare me. The only thing is I am a big fan of stainless/glass and not a big fan of plastics/synthetics or any type which is the main reason I haven't tried a bucket yet.

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Just bought a brewhauler last week and it came in the mail today! Thank goodness.

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Would the brew Hauler work on a 3 gallon glass carboy?

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I've never handled a 3 gallon carboy. Just thinking out loud though I would think it would be too small to fit in the brew hauler. I mean the belt is adjustable but the sling part isn't.

Is a 3 gallon carboy short and squat or tall and thin? If it is as tall as a 6 gal then maybe it would work. If it was short though the sling would be too deep for it to sit securely in it I would think.

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The 3 gallon looks like a 6 gallon just shrunk (shrank?) proportionally. Looking at the pictures from the OP, I was thinking along the same lines that it might slip through. The 3 gallon, of course, isn't so heavy but glass does get kinda slippery. I'll have to remove my carb handle from my 6 gallon and see if it would fit the three (I think probably not). In the mean time, I'll just be a little more careful after seeing with pic of Andy.

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