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Old 08-20-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Hello fellow Brewers,
I recently received my Brew kit in the mail and it came with a few broken items. Midwest was more than happy to send me a replacement with no question and told me I could keep and try to use the broken items if I so chose.
I have attached pictures of the crack in my glass Carboy. It is on the mouth of the vessel and is about 2 inches long and goes through the thickness of the Carboy. It is not chipped.
Is it usable? I would love to have two carboys right off the bat and be able to brew another while one ferments.
Is it repairable? If so what product?

Thank you all for your insight.

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Old 08-20-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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Looks useable to me. I would keep a hawkeye on it though and make sure nothing is breaking off or the like. I would research some different blowoff/airlock options. Don't think I'd recommend a stopper or anything that would expand it. Considering glass ones break a lot more easily than others, I wouldn't keep it around for long if I could help it, but technically speaking, it looks useable.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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I also recommend a Brew Hauler to carry it so you aren't tempted to ever go near the neck while lifting it.

And yeah blow off tube forever on that one, from my understanding they build up the least pressure in the vessel
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:47 PM   #4
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have you seen the threads on here about broken carboys? scary sh$t.. i wouldn't, but i value my blood. craigslist search "wine equipment" never pay mor ethen 10$ for a carboy again.. if it cracks throw it out.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:53 PM   #5
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Not worth the risk. Most of the "My carboy broke and all I got was these lousy stitches" stories are from people who thought their carboy was fine. This one, you already know it's broken. Get the hell rid of it (carefully).
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:58 PM   #6
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depends on your pain tolerance and insurance co-pays. 1 of my co-pays is about the same as a used carboy, not to mention the time in the clinic and cleaning up the blood. toss it
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:00 PM   #7
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Not worth the risk IMO
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:02 PM   #8
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get rid of it

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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Been there, threw it away

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:01 AM   #10
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Gonna crack worse the first time you wash it in hot water, or put it into the cooler to crash it.

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