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Old 03-16-2010, 04:40 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of getting into lagering... but every time I think of buying a chest freezer I think of the impending disaster of either hurting my back or shattering a carboy lifting it in and out of the freezer...

How do you get around this?



 
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:07 AM   #2
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Better Bottles.

If you're not storing for long enough for the yeast to die off (6+ months) then there's no problem with using plastic.

You may still have problems lifting the 50ish pounds of a full carboy, but there's not really a lot to do about that.



 
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:14 AM   #3
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With a plastic carboy (such as a better bottle) + one of these bad boys, it's pretty easy. The hauler gives you two handles that make the job a breeze.
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:05 PM   #4
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I scored about a dozen of the tall plastic milk-crate like things that bottle water is delivered in. They were sitting in a pile of junk on the curb down the block from my house. They are designed to fit a carboy perfectly. I don;t even take the carboys out to clean them - the whole shebang gets cleaned and sanitized. I've heard too many stories of carboys breaking because of a gentle bump during cleaning. As my brewing increases (hopefully) I'll add to my collection with Better Bottles, but these thing do the trick for me for now. The built in handles are designed to allow your hands to clear the bottle and make for some relatively easy moving.

 
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:54 PM   #5
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+1 the hauler or milk crates! Both work great for carboy transport!

 
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:59 PM   #6
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Just be aware that not all, "milk crates" are the same. Get the industrial standard and not the decorative ones sold in big box stores.

 
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:51 PM   #7
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I know a lot of you are going to hate this but, I use neck handles. Been looking for something else but haven't found anything I like. I need to be able to pick them up and carry them with one hand.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:55 PM   #8
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id think using a strap underneath may give you better grip and if you hug it to yourself it should be safe. liking the milk carton idea tho as long as its a strong one like gammon sed

 
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:10 PM   #9
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I just use my throat-crushing deathgrip and lift it out using both muscle and pure brawn.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:19 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by uechikid View Post
I know a lot of you are going to hate this but, I use neck handles. Been looking for something else but haven't found anything I like. I need to be able to pick them up and carry them with one hand.
I don't know what you're going to use to do that...lifting a full carboy by a handle will rip the neck off...

I've been using milk crates since 1994.


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