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Old 01-22-2012, 12:12 PM   #21
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Had never worried about anything with a glass carboy except dumping in liquid that was too warm for it. I probably should though. I'm an idiot, so I lug mine all over the house for little to no reason. I have it in a milk crate, but I take it out to wash it in the tub, etc...

Incidentally, I'm in the process of losing a toenail because I dropped an empty plastic pail on it. Go figure.


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Old 01-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #22
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Ironically, I don't think any of the Brewing Safety products that MidWest had on that page would have prevented Andy's accident.


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Old 01-22-2012, 12:24 PM   #23
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The two glass carboys that came with my original kit now sit gathering dust on the back of a basement table. I used one about a year and a half ago to bulk age a barleywine. That's it- right now, I'm fermenting a batch of apfelwein, but it's in a Better Bottle. It's just not worth it to mess around with glass, when there are better options available.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:39 PM   #24
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Had never worried about anything with a glass carboy except dumping in liquid that was too warm for it. I probably should though. I'm an idiot, so I lug mine all over the house for little to no reason. I have it in a milk crate, but I take it out to wash it in the tub, etc...

Incidentally, I'm in the process of losing a toenail because I dropped an empty plastic pail on it. Go figure.
That's why I use glass carboys.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:42 PM   #25
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That's why I use glass carboys.
Yeah, if it was a carboy instead of a pail, you wouldn't have to worry about the toenail, since you'd probably not have a toe anymore!
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Ironically, I don't think any of the Brewing Safety products that MidWest had on that page would have prevented Andy's accident.
Think duct taping a Carboy would make it a bit safer? I'm thinking four horizontal and three vertical lines of tape. I have six glass fermentors and will likely continue using them for a while.

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Think duct taping a Carboy would make it a bit safer? I'm thinking four horizontal and three vertical lines of tape. I have six glass fermentors and will likely continue using them for a while.

I like to watch.
Possibly, I know that gallon bottles of laboratory-grade acid come in plastic coated bottles. The idea is if it comes crashing to the ground it will stay semi-contained for cleanup, and also to prevent splatter.
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Think duct taping a Carboy would make it a bit safer? I'm thinking four horizontal and three vertical lines of tape. I have six glass fermentors and will likely continue using them for a while.

I like to watch.
This sounds like a great idea. I am thinking about taping mine up with gorilla brand duct tape. I'm sure it would at least help a little. Maybe someone wants to do a test? I certainly can't afford breaking my glass carboy, but if someone has a partially broken one or something?

This story really does get me concerned.
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You'll never see that happen with stainless [sanke] fermenters (breaking and needing surgery to repair hand)... If you drop ANY full fermenter on your foot, it's going to hurt. At least with sanke fermenters, there's no risk of the handle(s) breaking on you. They also have two handles built to make it even easier. Plus, the handles are thick enough to not dig into your hands when you're carrying a full fermenter around.
It amazes me how so many people ignored Golddiggie's post about Sanke kegs as fermenters.

They are the best thing since sliced bread.

I use the 1/4 barrel(7.75 gallon) Sankes for five gallon batches.

Easy to clean, hard to scratch, unbreakable!


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