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Old 01-17-2013, 06:48 AM   #101
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Thanks for sharing. One of my fearful events after brewing is taking 2 carboys down to the basement. My helper neighbor refuses to help me at this part, I was thinking of buying something like this to help. Obviously that will not work. I truly appreciate you sharing your feedback.


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Old 01-17-2013, 07:19 AM   #102
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I bought a bunch of carboys last year for an absolute steal from a ferment-on-premise wine place that was closing down (should have bought more as I could have sold them for a very reasonable price and still made a fortune), so I'm not about to start using something else. I also have my brewery close to ZERO plastic - my autosiphon, bottling wand, and pumps containing the only remaining plastic - and I'm working on solutions for the first two (the pumps are hot-side and extremely pricey to get ones without anything plastic). All that would be extremely pointless if I just settled with plastic fermentors, and I'm still fairly ways away from going with all stainless conicals.

I use a brewhauler, and have never had an issue. I don't get them wet or carry a carboy with them while they're soaked like the OP does, though I don't know if that actually has any effect. But I know many people that use them, all of them without any problems, so it seems odd that somebody would get two in a row that did. Not saying it's impossible, but it does makes me wonder just a bit if using them soaked, or something else entirely that he may do, could contribute to such failures. Either way, I'm still going to start checking them routinely for potential issues.



 
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #103
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Thanks for sharing. One of my fearful events after brewing is taking 2 carboys down to the basement. My helper neighbor refuses to help me at this part, I was thinking of buying something like this to help. Obviously that will not work. I truly appreciate you sharing your feedback.
For crying out loud!

One breaks and now they're unusable? Nonsense! You are 10,000 times more apt to drop a heavy carboy by not using a brew hauler than by using one.

I use them on mine and I too haul them to the basement to ferment, have two down there right now.

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:15 PM   #104
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I read through a few pages but is there a reason why no one suggested or personally uses carboy handles?



That's what I've used for the past 3 years with no problems...

 
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:18 PM   #105
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For what it's worth, I've never had any trouble with mine, and I move all my full 6-gallon carboys with it. Like any piece of equipment thought, I inspect the seams a time or two before I use it. I find it hard to believe that an entire seam could have failed at once without any prior damage, and even harder to believe that it's a common occurrence. I'll keep using mine till I feel like I need to replace it, then I'll get another.

 
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:19 PM   #106
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I read through a few pages but is there a reason why no one suggested or personally uses carboy handles?



That's what I've used for the past 3 years with no problems...
Surely you're not moving full carboys with one of those, without some other type of support?

 
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For what it's worth, I've never had any trouble with mine, and I move all my full 6-gallon carboys with it. Like any piece of equipment thought, I inspect the seams a time or two before I use it. I find it hard to believe that an entire seam could have failed at once without any prior damage, and even harder to believe that it's a common occurrence. I'll keep using mine till I feel like I need to replace it, then I'll get another.
Exactly, I'd bet it started to unravel and over time worsened and then broke.

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:22 PM   #108
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Surely you're not moving full carboys with one of those, without some other type of support?
Like I said, I have for 3 years... 50 some batches and not a problem. If I'm carrying it any kind of distance though I do only use it to lift it up to where I can support it from underneath with the other arm.

 
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #109
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Six glass carboys, Four years, Three Haulers. Absolutely no problems, and I routinely change the carboy they are on. Carry from my garage full to the other side of my basement.
I would not hesitate to buy another one.

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:54 PM   #110
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Like I said, I have for 3 years... 50 some batches and not a problem. If I'm carrying it any kind of distance though I do only use it to lift it up to where I can support it from underneath with the other arm.
You sir, should go play the lottery right now.

You are lucky to have not snapped a neck. They are not intended for full carboys.



 
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