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Old 01-05-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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My second batch of beer. I was prepping my carboy while my milk stout brew was in the kettle, and i picked up the carboy to empty out the sanitizer and...i dropped it...on the edge of my bathtub. carboy survived...the bathtub didn't. there is big dent and a chip the size of a knee cap. i have someone to repair it for...lets just say...a lot more than it cost to brew the batch of beer. BUT the good news is the milk stout is fermenting very nicely! oh the things you learn.

 
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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It could have honestly been worse...it could have been your blood on the bathroom floor...That's why many of us have gotten rid of glass carboys...

It's too bad about your tub, but if it did that much damage, lord knows how a cheap glass carboy survived...but I wouldn't trust it to survive another blow like that.

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Old 01-05-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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damn that sucks!

Sorry to hear, but it will be worth it!!
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:42 PM   #4
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...and unfortunately, I wouldn't use that carboy again, either.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
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wow revvy, that link is pretty scary. i am very lucky i didnt get hurt

 
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:57 PM   #6
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For sure, if you do decide to keep using that carboy be very very careful with it - like keep it inside a milk crate 24/7. There's a good chance it has a weakness in the glass now because of the hard bump and it could break without warning just from a temperature change or something.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:01 PM   #7
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yep, i think after the fermentation is finished, i will transfer and trash the carboy. bummer

 
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:03 PM   #8
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BUT the good news is the milk stout is fermenting very nicely!
WHEW - THAT is the main thing!!



I refuse to be scared over glass carboys! I used to play in playgrounds that used gravel under the swing sets. In High School we had to climb ropes to the roof of the gym with 1/2 inch rubber to stop our 20 foot fall.

Perhaps people should be careful. OR - have handles on their carboys!

I'll probably never buy another glass one just because they are cheaper but but I'm not going to wing my hands and worry!

until I sever my hands off and then I can't.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:08 PM   #9
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Dang Revvy, the stories on that link are something. I was thinking at some point I might want a five gallon secondary for adding fruit or dry-hopping, that's a ways down the line still, but I think I'll be looking into Better Bottles or something similar. YIKES!

 
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:51 AM   #10
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I was pretty excited about getting glass carboys when I was starting a couple of months ago, but then I read too many horror stories about people loosing the function of hands and feet do to them, so I've purchased 4 Better Bottles (2-6 gallon and 2-5 gallon) instead.

 
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