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Old 06-28-2009, 02:59 AM   #1
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I just got a 5 gallon glass carboy from the thrift store for free! i immediately went to my lhbs to get a carboy handle..to sadly find out it doesnt fit..any ideas on why this is or what i could do to fix it?
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:13 AM   #2
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Get a brewhauler rig setup. Much easier and less stress on the neck. Who knows what that carboy has been through. Free is good until the neck breaks and your beer is all over your floor. SWMBO has already had my @$$ for beer on the bathroom floor - damn leaking bucket valves.

 
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:16 AM   #3
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forget about the carboy handle(assuming it's the one that only goes around the neck of the carboy). They are very dangerous. Please, for your own safety, consider a carboy carrier(I'm sure someone can post a pic), or a milk crate to carry your glass carboys.
I'm sure there are people thet will say they have used their carboy handles for a hundred years with no problems, but carrying a glass carboy filled with wort puts a lot of strain on a very focused area of the carboy, which could cause a catastrophic breakage.

Anyone else agree? disagree?
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:27 AM   #4
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I agree.

There are two different sizes of carboy handles, one that fits 3,5 and 6 gallon. the other fits a 6.5 gallon carboy. hope this helps.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:05 AM   #5
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forget about the carboy handle(assuming it's the one that only goes around the neck of the carboy). They are very dangerous. Please, for your own safety, consider a carboy carrier(I'm sure someone can post a pic), or a milk crate to carry your glass carboys.
I'm sure there are people thet will say they have used their carboy handles for a hundred years with no problems, but carrying a glass carboy filled with wort puts a lot of strain on a very focused area of the carboy, which could cause a catastrophic breakage.

Anyone else agree? disagree?
I still use my carboy handles, but only for convenience in moving the carboy when it's empty or for a better grip when rinsing. A full carboy weighs well over 40 lbs. and you're definitely courting disaster carrying it with a handle.

I've been using milk crates to carry full carboys and highly recommend them.

 
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:17 PM   #6
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I second using milk crates. It was one of the first items I picked up when I built my little brewery. They are practically built for carboys.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:35 PM   #7
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:24 PM   #8
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that makes a lot of sense that carrying a carboy with 5 gallons of wort would create a lot of stress on the neck..ill definitely play it safe and see what else my lhbs has to offer..
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:21 AM   #9
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Any time bburg..., safe brewing is happy brewing.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:28 PM   #10
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FYI - A neck handle it not designed to lift a carboy that is filled. There is no good way to lift a full carboy by the neck.

The neck handle are a somewhat handier and safer way to carry EMPTY carboys.
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