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Old 03-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #31
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I had mine slip while lifting it up full of oxiclean/hot water. Rested it on the plastic garage/janitor style sink in the garage, felt the bottom edge slip out, didn't even try to save it just moved my hands out of the way and turned my head.

Still finding shivers of glass weeks later
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:58 PM   #32
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"I am typing this very slowly as I recently dropped a full 6 gal carboy on my hand..."

Is... is that a wedding ring?
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:13 AM   #33
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Is... is that a wedding ring?
Click on the picture. All pictures in this thread are linked to the original thread. Oh, I think the answer is yes.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:18 AM   #34
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Click on the picture. All pictures in this thread are linked to the original thread. Oh, I think the answer is yes.
Aha! Tricky links...
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:18 AM   #35
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It seems like a lot of the ones that break are the Made in Mexico ones with the four ridges on the side. I had one of those break at when I poured cool water into a warm carboy. The glass is fairly thin and they always seem to break right at the bottom where the sides meet the floor of the carboy.

I use old glass water jugs. The ones from the 50s, 60s. They were intended to be swapped out, washed, and refilled. They seem quite a bit heavier, thicker, and more robust. You can find them for sale on Craigslist in most larger cities. Most people sell them for $20 or so. They're entirely smooth on the outside and often have a funky neck on them. One I have is threaded even.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:04 PM   #36
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Yesterday was going great, until I had to take a trip to the ER. I had a 1 gallon carboy explode on my leg. I forgotten about it in my garage, and it had some pear wine overflow in it from winter. I stupidly capped it with the provided screw top. All it took was the slightest bump and BOOM! glass shrapnel everywhere, including my left leg.

5 stitches and a walking boot later, I'm all good.

The main laceration went deep enough to slice part of my calf muscle, just above my achilles tendon. I'm very lucky my 2year old assistant was napping inside when this happened.

Just a reminder to all, ALWAYS let your glass vessels vent via airlock!

I store my washed yeast in glass jars, and I will always let them vent when I remove them from the fridge!

On a side note, I think I'll be removing all glass from my brewhouse. Buckets and kegs from now on for me.


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Old 07-15-2013, 01:13 PM   #37
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Gross- this tread just encouraged me to join the forum and chime in. I just built a prototype carboy crate (nothing fancy) and feel a lot of these hospital trips could have been avoided. Check out the write up here:

DIY Wood Carboy crate

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Old 07-15-2013, 01:37 PM   #38
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I have 4 carboys and they're starting to scare the shiet outta me now.
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Wow, scary, at the same time, as mentioned above, the right PPE and lifting these things from the bottom and not having so much stress in the neck is probably good enough for mitigation.

My carboys were manufactures in Italy and they are pretty thick. These ones that are described as a "spontaneous combustion" type design are probably super thin.
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Wow, scary, at the same time, as mentioned above, the right PPE and lifting these things from the bottom and not having so much stress in the neck is probably good enough for mitigation.

My carboys were manufactures in Italy and they are pretty thick. These ones that are described as a "spontaneous combustion" type design are probably super thin.
Mine are all thick Italians too. Hopefully they hold together because I love using them. Anytime I move them I plan ahead. I lock all of my animals out of the area I'm using and make sure no one is home.
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