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Old 08-21-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
Jan 2011
Fairfax, VA
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I'm a beginner with 10 batches under my belt. Today i had my first disaster.

After brewing for a few hours..I went to lower my carboy into my swamp cooler and "CRASH"!!!!! I must not have been gentle enough while lowering and the whole thing shattered.

I'm pretty bummed out about losing the 5 gallons of wort and the carboy (which i'm borrowing so i owe my buddy a new one). But at least it broke in the swamp cooler which minimized my clean up.. still had to do a lot of mop up but it could have been worse if the whole thing dumped.

Just wanted to vent... thanks for listening...

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
Oct 2010
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oh boy, my simpathy.

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:23 PM   #3
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I've only got two under my belt, and this kind of thing keeps me up at night. Perhaps I should get a swamp cooler, rather than put it on my hard concrete floor.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:37 PM   #4
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If you can get a milk crate it makes them a whole lot easier to move around. I use carboys but have one bucket that is easier to use, but you can't see what is going on
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:39 PM   #5
Dec 2010
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wow, stuff like that makes me think I will never buy a glass carboy

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:41 PM   #6
Dec 2010
McMinnville, Oregon
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sorry to hear man!
there are so many horror stories about glass carboys and breaking them horridly. due to the pressure of the wort pushing on the glass, and if it breaks, the glass comes flying out. Amputation, tenon slices, arteries blown out. nothing but plastic in my brewery! be greatful it was in there and not on the floor!
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:12 PM   #7
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A carboy carrier or milk crate works well. Don't use the type of handle that you had on that carboy, it isn't designed to pick up a full carboy.

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Old 08-21-2011, 08:37 PM   #8
Aug 2011
Central WI
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Wow, those are some scary stories - my carboy slipped and landed a little hard when I was returning it (empty) to its cardboard box on the garage concrete floor yesterday. So I've been wondering whether I might have damaged it in some way that won't become evident until it's full. Is that a reasonable concern, or should I just RDWHAHB?

Milk crate for moving it? GREAT idea. Thanks! Lugging it around full has been a little difficult. Although now having read some of those stories, and wanting to keep my hands, I think I'll invest in a Better Bottle. Too scary.


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Old 08-21-2011, 08:43 PM   #9
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Better bottles FTW!

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Old 08-21-2011, 08:50 PM   #10
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I've had a couple milk crates in my possession for a few years that I've kept for some strange sentimental reason from my early years. Little did I know how handy they would be for lugging around carboys.

Happy your disaster wasn't too serious!

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