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Old 12-27-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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I bought two brew haulers to carry my glass carboys from the garage to the fermentation room. Great idea right? What a way to to go right? No broken carboys, no glass shards in my flesh, no worries! WRONG! I had a strap break on one of my brew haulers and commented on it in this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/brew...r-fail-365784/

However, I didn't count on my second brew hauler breaking as I was hauling a 6 gallon carboy full of $70 worth of ingreidents (partial mash) for an Imperial Oatmeal Stout! Luckily, I was not hurt, but cleaning 5+ gallons of wort and yeast of off the floor was not a fun task. I know some of you do not agree on using glass carboys, and this this thread isn't intended to start a debate or seek advice on plastic carboys. I just want people to heed the maunfacturing defects in these produts, and if you have them, check your seams to ensure you don't have a mishap like me. I will be writing the maker of these, and transistioning over to milk crates ASAP!

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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That sucks. I have moved away from them just because I feel a milk crate or file basket (from an office supply store) is easier to carry and gives me more control. I have used better bottles for a couple years now as well as the risk of broken glass is just not worth it IMO. I used to carry 6 gal glass carboys up and down stairs, but we all were more reckless when we were younger right? Sorry to hear of the mess, but I am glad you weren't hurt. Cheers !

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+1. I own that certificate, as well. My 2nd batch rolled out of my hauler. I found myself covered in 5 gallons of wort and picked shards of glass out of my feet and shins for a week. Not a happy camper.

I had to pull up the carpet and throw it away as well. That was the most expensive beer I have never drank!!!

Glad you escaped without injury. I have heard some horror stories about broken glass carboys.

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Why do people still use glass? No offense man, I just don't see any positives and plenty of negatives.

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Count me as another that's glad you weren't hurt.

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I know some of us use glass because that is what comes in the "starter" kits. Not sure why they dont stock those kits with better bottles. Ugh. Guess I need to inspect my hauler. I rarely use my glass carboy though, Im at about 95% single vessel fermentation (bucket).

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The OP is reporting his experience with Brewhauler. He made it clear he was not asking for opinions concerning plastic/glass.
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Every time I order something off midwest I look at those thinking should I add them to my cart or not. Thanks for the info man. Now I know not too. Glad your okay.

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+1. I own that certificate, as well. My 2nd batch rolled out of my hauler. I found myself covered in 5 gallons of wort and picked shards of glass out of my feet and shins for a week. Not a happy camper.

I had to pull up the carpet and throw it away as well. That was the most expensive beer I have never drank!!!

Glad you escaped without injury. I have heard some horror stories about broken glass carboys.
Thanks all! I'm glad the only thing injured was my pride...luckily we have hardwood floors, so all I had to do was utilize every towel we own to contain the mess.

I don't see why the guy that makes these doesn't reinforce the strap threading and/or double check the quality of the product before it gets on the shelf. This was the second time using this hauler and this thread should not have come undone. I've already emailed the company and let them know what happened... I'll keep you guys posted if I get a response from them.

Milk crates are definitely what I will be using from now on.
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Glad you're okay.. I've been using milk crates with my glass carboys. I try to use better bottles first, but gotta ferment what I can so the glass will get used as well!

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