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Old 11-12-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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This evening a carboy full of soapy water ripped free from its handle, resulting in a tragic accident. Not only was the brewer's foot crushed during the impact, but the entire vessel shattered.

Witnesses claim that this was not an unfitting conclusion to the brewday, as far more than the usual number of mishaps had occurred. Reports of lost items, incorrect parts being provided by seemingly credible retailers, and each of the brewer's five propane lines being clogged permeated the area.

One nearby onlooker, an expecting [holiday] oatmeal stout with a happy sg of 1.066, was shocked at the incident, explaining that the shattered carboy was to be home to a pale ale, and that they had plans to ferment together only a few days from now.

The handle was held for questioning but shortly thereafter released, as it is believed that there was no foul play. The brewer declined comment.

Despite the tragedy of the day's events, at least the shattered carboy was not full of beer, nor beer-to-be. The brewing of pale ale later this week will take place as planned, though the event will also focus on raising awareness of carboy handle thumb screws in hopes that in the future, needless tragedies such as this may be avoided.

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Old 11-12-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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This evening a carboy full of soapy water ripped free from its handle, resulting in a tragic accident. Not only was the brewer's foot crushed during the impact, but the entire vessel shattered.

Witnesses claim that this was not an unfitting conclusion to the brewday, as far more than the usual number of mishaps had occurred. Reports of lost items, incorrect parts being provided by seemingly credible retailers, and each of the brewer's five propane lines being clogged permeated the area.

One nearby onlooker, an expecting [holiday] oatmeal stout with a happy sg of 1.066, was shocked at the incident, explaining that the shattered carboy was to be home to a pale ale, and that they had plans to ferment together only a few days from now.

The handle was held for questioning but shortly thereafter released, as it is believed that there was no foul play. The brewer declined comment.

Despite the tragedy of the day's events, at least the shattered carboy was not full of beer, nor beer-to-be. The brewing of pale ale later this week will take place as planned, though the event will also focus on raising awareness of carboy handle thumb screws in hopes that in the future, needless tragedies such as this may be avoided.

Condolences and/or donations to the may be PM'ed.
The handle is not to be used for carrying full carboys, only empty ones.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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I'm sorry for your loss.

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:27 PM   #4
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I think the brewer should be put on probation(no brewing) for 6 months, due to neglect using equipment not designed for it's intended use.

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Old 11-12-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Were the names changed to protect the innocent?

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Old 11-12-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Sorry for your loss.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:07 PM   #7
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That sucks, man. Glad no one was hurt. And FWIW, milk crates will keep this from happening again. Cheers!
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:11 PM   #8
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About 3 months ago I was afraid this would happen to me, so I sold 10 glass carboys and replaced them with plastic better bottles. I just love picking up the empties with one hand. Highly recommended.

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Old 11-12-2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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He said it was empty. Sucks man, hopefully your foot is ok, I know they don't seem that heavy empty but hitting your foot is another story.
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He said it was empty.
Really?

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This evening a carboy full of soapy water ripped free from its handle,
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