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Old 02-25-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Brewing a 5.5 gallon batch of Two-Fisted Tales IPA from Tuxedo Park Brewers last night. Everything was going amazing! One of those nights when the moon and stars align and you hit all you numbers and it just goes smooth! Had a very experience brewing buddy helping me out. Pitched the yeast into my 6 gallon carboy picked it up to aerate and mix...BOOM!! I now have a multiple piece carboy and 5.5 gallons a great beer all over the garage floor!!

Either I hit the carboy on the zipper of my jacket or the carboy was flawed. I like to think the later but most likely it was the zipper. I couldn't sleep at all last night I was so upset about losing the beer.

The question: Should I move toward the Better Bottle or stay with the glass carboy? Merely looking for opinions, I have found a few very helpful posts that have given great information.

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Old 02-25-2012, 04:50 PM   #2
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I only brew with plastic buckets, sorry for your loss

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Old 02-25-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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I use a BB ale pale & a Cooper's micro brew FV's. Maybe get a better bottle for next time. Or ale pales to br safer. That's why I don't fill fermenters to total volume till it's where it's going to sit while fermenting.
In my case,my fermenter stand.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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I have one BB and 5 plastic buckets.

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Old 02-25-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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I LOVE my Better Bottles!!

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All safer,lighter,& easier to handle,certainly. Safer being the key word here. I hate reading how a member went to the hospital with those glass carboys.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:10 PM   #7
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Very true, I feel lucky I didn't end up with part the carboy in my body!

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Old 02-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #8
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Seems like we a have big population of Indiana members on this site

Sorry to hear about your loss, I picked up a Better Bucket last time I was at Tuxedo Park. I have been really happy with it so far. I have a couple buckets and the BB.

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Sorry to hear man. Yes go to better bottles, you wont regret it. Just remember you can't sue and brush on them. Get some PBW cleaner and a carboy washer and you will be able to get everything out.

I lost my first batch to a careless placement of a bottling bucket. You never forget it but it becomes a funny story later on. Get a new carboy and get back on that horse.

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Old 02-25-2012, 05:21 PM   #10
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I have 5 better bottles. I also broke a glass carboy and I'll never buy one again (full disclosure, I still have 2 glass carboys that I do long-term sour aging in).

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/vs-p...alysis-109318/

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