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Old 03-16-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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Last night was an eventful night. I was sterilizing a couple of glass carboys to use for second fermentors. While I was draining one of them into the sink the carboy gently bumped the side of the sink and broke in my hands. I was surprised how little it took to break and even more surprised by the size of the gashes it slashed in my right hand. I had to rush to the emergency room. I ended up with 15 stitches in my palm and middle finger. There doesn't seem to be any nerve damage but I did manage to severe a tendon, which will require the recommendation of an orthopedic surgeon. Becareful with glass carboys. I am making the switch to Better Bottles, as I am a little freaked out by how easily the carboy broke.

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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Ouch. So sorry to see this. Glad you're switching to BB. I did too after breaking my first glass one.

That's pretty close to your wrist. I guess it could have been worse.

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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Wow! I only have 1 carboy left, and it stays in its milk crate.
I am so sorry to see that happen, I hope it heals well!

Now you will have to think up a much cooler story of how you got the scar. Like a knife fight defending your wife's honor or something.

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Old 03-16-2012, 01:08 AM   #4
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I have two glass carboys that sit on the shelf in the brew room. Seen how easy they break. I have this thing when ever I am near broken glass I bleed, sometimes badly. I have buckets now, easy to clean and cheap.
Thanks for posting this, the glass are wonderful but scary as all heck.
Sure hope you heel up good.

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As much as my injury sucks, I do feel pretty lucky. It only got one hand and it could have easily taken a finger or slit my wrist. The frustrating part is, I still have 10 gallons of fermented beer sitting in the primary and I can't figure out how to get it into the secondary with one hand. The primary is too heavy for my wife...she can't lift it to a higher spot so that we can siphon it into the secondary. I guess I'll just have to wait until I can get some help from my brother.

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wow, sorry

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I broke my first Carboy yesterday and wound up spending an hour cleaning up my driveway. It shattered into a million tiny pieces.

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What type of sink do you have? I wash mine in my basement sink (resin?) and it bumped a bunch of times. I think I'll be much more careful now!! Glad to see youre all right!

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You must have a cast iron sink. I'm fairly rough on them and bump mine around in stainless sinks all the time. I would be very gentle with concrete and cast iron though, stainless at least gives a little.

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Wow that sucks. The thickness of a carboy makes them strong. Maybe yours had a weak spot and your hit it. I bump mine and never had it break. I have seen one break but it was tripped over. Was enjoying a homebrew part of the cleaning phase?

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