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Old 01-23-2012, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default Careful with Glass Carboys

This weekend, I received an email from Midwest Brewing about an employee, "Andy H", who injured himself when a glass carboy broke while being cleaned.

Not interested in starting another flame war. Just reminding people to be very careful with large glass containers. One brewer who has to have surgery is too many. Better safe than sorry.

You can check out Midwest Brewing if you want. BTW I have no association with Midwest - I do most of my business with Texas homebrew shops for convenience reasons.

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Old 01-23-2012, 12:58 AM   #2
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One less brewer who needs surgery? Jeez, what do you have against surgeons?

In all seriousness, I have two better bottles and one glass carboy, and the glass hardly gets used anymore.

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:01 AM   #3
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Glass carboy master race reporting!

Well I'm still pretty new to brewing. Have 4 glass carboys and 1 plastic bucket. So far no problems but I've only been brewing a little less than 2 months. Anyone have any trouble with glass in the past? I'd like to hear some horror stories

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I had a carboy break, it was sitting on the counter and a cabinet door swung into it. The handle of the cabinet knocked a hole about the size of a pencil eraser into the carboy. I sacrificed my finger tip like the little dutch boy against the flood. I hollered for someone else in the house could get me my 7 gal bucket, they got it sanitized, I then transferred it into the bucket. I picked up a new carboy a day or so later and transferred it into the new carboy. I managed to save about 95% of the batch.

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:30 AM   #5
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What. Be carefully with liquid filled 6 gallon glass carboys? This is news to me! Who knew!

Just because people are clumsy you should not blame the vehicle. I have never heard of a glass carboy breaking all by itself.

82 batches. No problems at all.

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One less brewer who needs surgery? Jeez, what do you have against surgeons?
I don't have anything against surgeons. In fact, I am one. Not a hand surgeon, although the thought of needing hand surgery makes me very unhappy.

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What. Be carefully with liquid filled 6 gallon glass carboys? This is news to me! Who knew!

Just because people are clumsy you should not blame the vehicle. I have never heard of a glass carboy breaking all by itself.

82 batches. No problems at all.
I think he was just reminding folks to be careful, not laying blame. 95 brews for me, 2 carboys broken, one cut finger, both my fault.
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I don't have anything against surgeons. In fact, I am one. Not a hand surgeon, although the thought of needing hand surgery makes me very unhappy.

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:39 AM   #9
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What. Be carefully with liquid filled 6 gallon glass carboys? This is news to me! Who knew!

Just because people are clumsy you should not blame the vehicle. I have never heard of a glass carboy breaking all by itself.

82 batches. No problems at all.
Congratulations!
Hope that the next 82 batches go without a trip to the emergency room.

For me I would be careful and probably not have a problem but it is also a risk that I am not willing to take because it is so easy to avoid altogether.

Plus, I am not getting any younger and the savings in weight are well worth it to me to avoid glass.
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Every time I lift a full 6.5 glass carboy outta my ferm freezer the thought of it slipping goes through my head. Fingers crossed...so far so good....

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