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Old 03-22-2012, 01:02 PM   #21
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I broke one too. I still don't have feeling in my index and middle finger, and thumb.

BTW, I now ferment in stainless steel. The glass carboys are collecting dust.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:28 PM   #22
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Hope you heal up well....
Whenever im messing with carboys,bottling,basically anything with glass.......i wear some cheap work gloves.Figure it can't hurt.
If I used glass carboys I would get kevlar of steel mesh gloves and chainsaw chaps!

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I like the glove idea. I also always drape an old heavy folded bathtowel over the edge of my deep sink before rinsing the carboy out over it. That said, BB are looking better all the time.
I'm not sure how I'm going to get that purchase past the wifey seeing as I just ordered a grain mill while I was working a slow overnight tonight. But .... better to ask forgiveness than to be denied permission (or something like that!).
Show her the picture in the post and explain the cost of an ER visit, surgeon, rehab, physical therapy or worse!
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #23
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Show her the picture in the post and explain the cost of an ER visit, surgeon, rehab, physical therapy or worse!
Exactly what I was going to suggest. Once she sees the picture and consequences she will be sold.

I've broken one, I was barefoot when it happened so stepping on glass was unavoidable and painful. I was lucky to avoid major injury. Plastic buckets and corny kegs are all I use now.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:04 PM   #24
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Exactly what I was going to suggest. Once she sees the picture and consequences she will be sold.

I've broken one, I was barefoot when it happened so stepping on glass was unavoidable and painful. I was lucky to avoid major injury. Plastic buckets and corny kegs are all I use now.
I have handles at the top
Of my carboys has anyone broke their carboys around the
Openings because
Of the stress it puts on the top of the carboy from lifting
It?
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #25
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I have handles at the top
Of my carboys has anyone broke their carboys around the
Openings because
Of the stress it puts on the top of the carboy from lifting
It?
YES! Only use those handles at the top for moving empty carboys. I've seen a number of threads where they break at the neck.

Use a milk crate or Brew Hauler for full carboys.
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YES! Only use those handles at the top for moving empty carboys. I've seen a number of threads where they break at the neck.

Use a milk crate or Brew Hauler for full carboys.
Ok thanks
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:49 PM   #27
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I've read many stories and shared my own but a picture says it all... Glad you're relatively OK!

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Old 04-06-2012, 05:06 PM   #28
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I just had 28 stitches from a 5 gallon glass carboy breaking in my hands. I will be using plastic from now on also!

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Old 04-07-2012, 03:40 PM   #29
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Sorry to hear that PistolaPete. I just finished brewing with the better bottle and it worked well. The light weight and fearless handling, made it much easier to clean and sanitize. Especially without full use of my right hand. I start physical therapy on my hand Monday. Hope your hand heals well.

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I'm suddenly considering a move to Better Bottles. I'm paranoid with my glass carboys and only move full ones with a Brew Hauler. Anytime I'm cleaning them or emptying them, I use a siphon. Still...the idea of an injury that leads to a bunch of expensive medical bills really gets me.

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