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Old 05-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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I've seen a blue glass carboy, supposedly made in the 70's, on sale recently. Is there any way to tell if it can handle the stresses of being a primary fermenter?




 
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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I think the only requirement is a clean/sanitary vessel. I see no problem with the color. It's glass so as long as you don't break it, it'll work fine.


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Old 05-01-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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As long as you dont shock it too much with hot wter while cleaning...
It might be too new to apply, but often the older ones are better qualety
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
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Just like the clear ones, keep it in the dark. There is debate over if blue glass causes skunky beer more easily due to light spectrum. But again that's still in debate status.

 
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:53 PM   #5
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I would think a clear carboy would allow ALL light to come through so while this may allow the wrong light to come through, so would a clear one. Cover it as you should with any carboy. As far as stresses, cleaning and carrying are the only real stresses it encounters and if you're careful (as you should be with any glass carboy) it should be fine.

 
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #6
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There is debate over if blue glass causes skunky beer more easily due to light spectrum. But again that's still in debate status.
This makes no sense at all. Who's debating this?
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:47 PM   #7
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My 9 years of brewing in glass carboy's skunked beer is the least of my worries. Kind in the same category of Hot side aeration. On the homebrew scale not an issue.

 
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:58 PM   #8
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Cover it with a towel... Problem solved.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:34 AM   #9
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The blue color comes from it being leaded glass?? That might be my only concern.

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:56 AM   #10
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There is nothing wrong with that carboy. There is some iron oxide in the mix that gave it the blue tint. A proper fermentation with an airlock would not produce pressure to cause problems. Glass is better than plastic any day of the week.


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