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Old 11-05-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I was ending a brewday, doing the carboy shuffel, and snap brew huler strap broke on one side. Like my bung, my grip tightened and I only bounced it off the kitchen floor a little bit. I havent checked to see if the carboy is cracked. Just a heads up to everyone using these, keep a tight grip incase it breaks.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:40 PM   #2
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And I was thinking about buying these. That sucks. Oh well at least all the beer did not end up on the floor.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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I bought one once, and tried it once, the damn carboy nearly slipped out, and I felt like I sloshed it more carrying with the straps than without (which is an issue when you've got a nice and settled ready-for-transfer finished beer...). I think a good bent-knees deadlift to the chest, with one arm carefully underneath and the other firmly gripping the neck, forearm pressing it to the chest is the (old fashioned) best way to carry a carboy! It helps to have all your necessary doors opened and/or an assistant to clear the way of children and dogs...
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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I love using the hauler, it feels so much more secure than the dead lift that biochemedic describes. But now i'm going to have nightmares about it breaking. Glad the brew is safe!
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #5
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I like using it too - obviously you have to keep an eye on it, everything eventually breaks
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:59 PM   #6
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I like the Brew Hauler especially with a lighter Better Bottle. If you watch them Amazon you can get the BH shipped to your door for less than $10.00 each.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #7
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Glad your beer is (hopefully) safe! When I do use carboys, which is rare, I have a massive bear hug death grip on it that alone has enough force to make me concerned I'll crush it myself.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #8
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Milk crates.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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My suggestion for an alternative is a milk crate. I bought 2 from the container store and moving my glass carboys is much easier and safer.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:22 PM   #10
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I use a variation of biochemedic's approach; I use the brew hauler, but I put my arms through the straps up to about mid forearm, grasping the neck of the carboy with both hands. It gives me more control over the sloshing, and I feel like I'm supporting more points on the carboy; should a strap break, I've still got one side, plus both hands on the carboy. It's worked out well.
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