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Old 12-27-2012, 03:00 PM   #41
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Were you leaving the brewhauler in a swamp cooler, or did you keep it dry? I have three brewhaulers that I use to move fermenters from the garage to my storage closet. I don't trust the neck carriers when the fermenters are full, and your story scares the bejesus out of me.

I already have a large investment in glass carboys, so not going to consider switching out to plastic.

I guess milk crates are now on my shopping list unless I can figure out a way to reinforce these with some strong rope to prevent future accidents. It only takes one accident to lose access to the house.

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Old 12-27-2012, 03:03 PM   #42
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I'm a "one hand on the bottom and one hand on the neck" kind of guy. Works for all sorts of situations.
Heh heh......Looks like we think the same way.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #43
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I use the brewhaulers for my glass carboys and havent had any issues but this has me rethinking my setup. At the very least Ill be giving them a thorough once over to make sure I dont have any visable defects or signs of wear. Thanks for posting and glad you escaped w/o injury!

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Old 12-27-2012, 03:09 PM   #44
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Pet bottles contain benzene which is a cancer causing chemical....pet bottles are porous and trap tastes and smells...pop in pet bottles have a shelf life of 90 days and glass is up to a year....think about benzene when you are drinking bottled water or pop....or watch the movie Water Wars on Netflix.

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Old 12-27-2012, 03:13 PM   #45
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That's nice. Anecdotes are not data.

People drive motorcycles, even though there's a good chance that you'll be dead if you get into an accident. I suppose next we'll start talking about how everyone should drive cars.
Sounds like someone didn't get what he wanted under the Christmas tree. Lighten up Francis.

OP: sorry to hear about your loss and glad you weren't hurt. I'll raise a glass tonight in honor of the wort that never got to be beer.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #46
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i've been using the same brewhauler for 8 months now and i LOVE it. no signs of weakening but i do check it regularly. like most other things used for brewing, eventually it will need to be replaced.

this thread is much ado about anecdotal evidence. folks should take note of the OP's warning, but they should also know that thousands of brewhaulers are used without incident. *shrug*.

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This thread really wasn't intended to be a platform for anyone to espouse the virtues of glass or plastic. The OP specifically asked that you keep away from that debate. No one denies the inherent risk in moving glass carboys. Some prefer plastic as a result. There isn't much use in yelling at one another about it, so please stop.

Has anyone else had a bad experience with a Brewhauler?

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Old 12-27-2012, 03:32 PM   #48
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Pet bottles contain benzene which is a cancer causing chemical....pet bottles are porous and trap tastes and smells...pop in pet bottles have a shelf life of 90 days and glass is up to a year....think about benzene when you are drinking bottled water or pop....or watch the movie Water Wars on Netflix.
While it is true that PET bottles contain benzene, they won't leech the chemical until they start to break down from wear and tear. Basically its a shelf life of the product issue. I wouldn't recommend using the same PET bottle for years and years and years, but it will take awhile for a PET bottle to break down.

As far as the pop thing is concerned, Better Bottles are a lot less porous than your standard PET soda bottle, which isn't to say they won't absorb some amount of taste and smell, but its not going to be nearly what it is for a regular pop bottle.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #49
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Yikes! Glad you weren't hurt.

Let us know what the manufacturer says. And anyone else who has had a problem should contact the manufacturer as well. It could just be a coincidence that you had two break on you, or it could indicate a more widespread problem.

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Bummer to lose a batch of beer.

But I've had good service from my two brew haulers, anything can and will eventually fail. I had the side belts go south in a Micheline tire once, but I still believe they make a good, safe product.

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