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Old 11-09-2009, 12:37 AM   #21
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Empty glass carboy breaking = dangerous.
Filled glass carboy breaking = even more dangerous. Lots of mass behind that broken glass adds more force, which can push the broken glass even harder... Glad nobody was hurt. If the beer gods "will" that a carboy be broken in transit, be glad they called upon an empty one, not a full one...

I was always happy with my non-ported better bottles until last week, when I found myself wishing I had put one of my sour beers into a ported one so I could take a small sample without busting the pellicle. Not sure what you typically brew, just food for thought.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:50 AM   #22
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I broke a carboy this summer, but I wasn't as lucky as you.

If you still have a glass carboy, you may want to try what I found. Plasti Dip won't prevent it from breaking, but it should help minimize injuries and clean up time. See my link above to learn more.

 
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:50 AM   #23
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I always use a 1 piece airlock on my better bottle.
The three piece will suck back into the bottle when you move it.
As homebrewer 99 said, the milkcrate is your friend

 
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:00 PM   #24
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I've have both, the 5 and 6.5 gallon BB carboys and LOVE them. I get mine through Austin Home Brew because of their flat rate shipping. I've been slowly trying to replace my fermenting buckets (had a lid leak and don't want to deal with buckets anymore), so every time I place a grain order I purchase a new BB.

They have a drop-down menu for the right stopper and airlock.

 
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:23 PM   #25
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Wow, some Chinese dude digs up an old thread to post spam, and people start replying again...
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:37 PM   #26
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Wow, some Chinese dude digs up an old thread to post spam, and people start replying again...
Which was the spam? I don't see it.

 
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:13 PM   #27
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:32 AM   #28
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I'm glad you're ok. I broke a 5 gallon (thankfully empty) this summer and ended up with 19 stitches. 8 in my flayed ass finger and another 11 across two of my toes. I walked into my LHBS about 5 days later ready to brew again and ended up buying another 5 gallon to replace it and a 6.5 for my new primary. I told my story to my guy there and he looked me dead in the eye and asked "Were you drinking and brewing?" My reply was obviously yes and he continued his stare and said "Believe me you'll never break another one, nor will you brew with anything more than about 1-2 beers in you, now will you?"









I haven't even had a close call since and the carboy in a milk crate thing does a good job of protecting them. I'm just extremely glad I didn't cut any tendons like in some horror stories. And oddly enough, mine swung like a pendulum on my carboy handle and smashed into the side of the tub when I was emptying it. It slipped from my other hand holding the bottom as I was tilting it. I didn't full on drop it.

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 02:27 AM   #29
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WTF did you do? Did you clean it up with just your hands?

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Old 10-16-2010, 05:42 PM   #30
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Did the Dr. ask about you purse?
That's my girlfriend's purse, who was nice enough to come pick me up at the ER after my brewing buddy bailed on me after dropping me off there. No, I didn't pick any of the glass up until I got back home and I used gloves to do all of that. Like I said, I had the carboy tipped with my left hand holding the bottom and what with all the water and PBW on the glass, it slipped from my left hand and swung like a pendulum on the handle and hit the side of the tub. I tried to save it and ended up cutting up my left ring finger and then the glass fell on my toes and cut them up. It was summertime, so I just happened to be wearing sandals and it only cut up my skin on the first two toes of my left foot. Anyways, it was not fun and I'm just lucky it didn't cut too deep.

 
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