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Old 01-08-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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The carboy is brand new so I am not sure how it go there, but after inspecting my carboy on day 2 of fermentation I noticed a small vertical crack (about 2 inches) connected to a smaller horizontal crack (about 1/2 inch) along the bottom third of the carboy. As best I can tell it doesn't appear to be leaking, so I covered the area in duct tape and put the carboy in a plastic tote in case it does leak.

My question is how worried should I be able contamination since it still has at least another week and a half of fermentation. Also aside from duct tape is there anything better I can do to prevent the crack from spreading/leaking?

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Old 01-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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Is it an actual crack, or could it be just an imperfection in the glass?

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as soon as i read the title, in my head im thinking Duct tape. you will prolly be alright with contamination as long as you cleaned it really well and sanitized it to begin with.

no idea about how to keep it from cracking more. maybe some glass to plastic epoxy with a thin peice of plastic.

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You can tap on the container with a small metal object and tell if it is a crack --- the sound will change, kind of like a loose floor tile sound.

I still have one 6 gallon glass container --- but I went plastic a few years back and feel better. I had one break on me when I was cleaning it and could not believe how thin the glass was.

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Is it an actual crack, or could it be just an imperfection in the glass?
I am fairly sure it's a crack as it seems to have some depth to it.

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as soon as i read the title, in my head im thinking Duct tape. you will prolly be alright with contamination as long as you cleaned it really well and sanitized it to begin with.
That's kind of what I was thinking.

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I still have one 6 gallon glass container --- but I went plastic a few years back and feel better. I had one break on me when I was cleaning it and could not believe how thin the glass was.
I think after this I will be switching to plastic, at least for primary. Currently I do my actually brewing somewhere else, at my parent's house, and take the fermenter back to my apartment. I am thinking it got cracked somewhere along the way.
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If it's cracked, trash it. Not worth the risk of it breaking on you and cutting you up and dumping 5 gallons all over your floor.

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If it's cracked, trash it. Not worth the risk of it breaking on you and cutting you up and dumping 5 gallons all over your floor.
I will definitely be trashing it after this, but I don't want to give up on this brew just yet. I put it in a large plastic tote, so if it does break it should spare my floor, hopefully lol.
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Oh, definitely. Don't give up the beer that's in there - but once you've transferred it, I wouldn't even bother with cleaning - just dump it straight in the trash (recycling?) and consider it a loss.

Broken Glass Brewing? Cracked Glass Cellars? You've got a beer name in there somewhere.

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You can tap on the container with a small metal object and tell if it is a crack --- the sound will change,
ha, yep, it will make the sound of splashing wort and broken glass if you are not careful.
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I like my better bottle, and my 7.5 gallon pail even better. I've left beers 5 weeks in the pail and went straight to keg and they turned out great. In a 5 to 6 gallon batch there's enough head space so I hardly ever get blow off, and the lid makes it soooo easy to clean. Mine has a hole near the bottom that I use the better bottle racking valve in so I don't even have to start a syphon when I transfer to keg. Safe, effective, and easy to clean. Oh and I almost forgot, they're cheap too!!!

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