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Old 02-15-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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Well I bought a 5 gallon glass carboy before I read about so many people not liking them. Well I figured I could be careful and I'd be fine. After 2 uses I was sanitizing it for a third secondary fermentation. Then I saw a huge series of cracks on the neck!!! Glad I saw this before racking. I have cared for this thing about as well as you could have. I have never carried it by the neck, all the weight was supported from underneath and had a hand on the top just for added security while moving. I guess I'll either go with all buckets or try some better bottles. The better bottles seem ok as long as you don't roll the thing around the bottom edge to aerate the wort. So be safe guys, my experience could have been worse including bad cuts and 5 gallons of beer on my hardwood floor.


 
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:09 PM   #2
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Are those actually cracks or just scratches? I've never seen anything like that happen. I've had mine for years and am far less careful and they are fine

 
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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Well they sure seem like stress cracks or something to me and being located where the neck transitions to the body seems like a likely place.

 
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:17 PM   #4
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OMG! thats scary...
Could you tell how you sanitized it?
used hot water? put the carboy to heat?
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:45 PM   #5
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All that was used to sanitize was a mixture of One Step in 115 F tap water. Never subjected to heat via oven or dishwasher.

 
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:47 PM   #6
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Are those actually cracks or just scratches? I've never seen anything like that happen. I've had mine for years and am far less careful and they are fine
Ditto. Not realy all that careful and Ive been fine so far.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:08 PM   #7
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Some of my carboys have the same thing.....getting nervous now.

 
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:11 PM   #8
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I'm guessing you just got a crappy brand of carboy with subpar glass.

 
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:14 PM   #9
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Would using hot water from the tap cause this? i use hot water to clean and rinse mine, just curious if it might be too hot?

 
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #10
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Ive used glass carboys for years including one from 1929 that my grandparents owned and Ive never had a single crack, chip, or break. I have a couple of better bottles too and while I like them I just feel better about sanitation and chemical resistance with glass.
I think a lot of the problems with glass are just from poor manufacturing, there are a number of threads about crappy glass bottles breaking during capping and opening too.
With glass heat is not an issue glass can withstand extremely high temps, its thermal shock that causes cracks or worse. as long as the glass is heated/cooled slowly and evenly temp is not a concern.

 
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