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Title: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: wiley on November 27, 2011, 03:15:57 AM
Ever do something in the brewery that you immediately know is a bad idea, but that split second realization isn't fast enough? Here's mine from yesterday --

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Skipped chilling since it was starter wort and was going into quart jars for sterilizing. But, when you spill just a tad and want to clean up a bit, it's a bad idea to use cold water to do so. Just sayin....

Carboy down!!
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: tygo on November 27, 2011, 03:21:32 AM
Ouch.  Glad it wasn't worse.  I've had some bad experiences with hot glass and cold water.
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: Hokerer on November 27, 2011, 03:46:16 AM
At least it was in the sink, better than all over the floor.

Now, get thee a better bottle as a replacement
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: wiley on November 27, 2011, 03:54:05 AM
At least it was in the sink, better than all over the floor.

Now, get thee a better bottle as a replacement

True! Putting it in the sink was the only speck of intelligence displayed in the 15 seconds prior to hosing down the carboy...

Thought about the better bottles - how are they with heat? I've been looking at getting a couple of these guys too --

http://www.milehidistilling.com/New-Heavy-duty-Milk-cans-with-clamp-down-lids-p/16206.htm

Pricey, but probably worth it for where my efforts are headed.
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: bluesman on November 27, 2011, 05:13:26 AM
Chalk it up as a valuable learning lesson. Glad you didn't get hurt. I've heard quite a few horror stories concerning carboy mishaps. There's a lot of potential for disaster with regards to handling carboys. I am always very cautious.



 

Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: majorvices on November 27, 2011, 02:27:59 PM
Super dangerous idea to add boiling - or even hot - liquid to carboy. Ever! The last thing you want to happen is a carboy to shatter in your hands. There have been many people over the years who have had serious laceration from breaking carboys. Serious loss of blood! It's probably a good idea to start reminding people of the dangers of glass carboys again.
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: timberati on November 27, 2011, 04:51:19 PM
At least it was in the sink, better than all over the floor.

Now, get thee a better bottle as a replacement
+1

I've been using Better Bottles for years. They cost much less than any trip to an emergency room.
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: denny on November 27, 2011, 04:55:47 PM
Super dangerous idea to add boiling - or even hot - liquid to carboy. Ever! The last thing you want to happen is a carboy to shatter in your hands. There have been many people over the years who have had serious laceration from breaking carboys. Serious loss of blood! It's probably a good idea to start reminding people of the dangers of glass carboys again.

THIS^^^^....NEVER put hot liquid in a carboy or use hot water to clean it.  several of mine even have a warning stamped on the bottom.
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: chezteth on November 27, 2011, 05:18:54 PM
I have made the mistake of putting hot water into a glass carboy to dissolve some bentonite.  The next morning I found grape juice running across my kitchen floor.  The carboy had cracked along the bottom allowing the juice to leak out. Fortunately, I was able to rescue the juice without the carboy breaking completely.  I do not put hot water in glass carboys anymore.
Title: Re: Brewery Oops's.....
Post by: wiley on November 27, 2011, 10:18:54 PM
Super dangerous idea to add boiling - or even hot - liquid to carboy. Ever! The last thing you want to happen is a carboy to shatter in your hands. There have been many people over the years who have had serious laceration from breaking carboys. Serious loss of blood! It's probably a good idea to start reminding people of the dangers of glass carboys again.

Agreed! Prior to moving to stainless conicals, I was using plastic conicals for this very reason. Had an unfortunate meeting between the bottom of a carboy and a concrete floor a few years back, which resulted in a good gash on the bottom of my foot and the loss of a Corsendonk clone. Two lessons learned that day:

1) Never step foot in your brewing space with sandals, even if it's just to check the temperature of a fermenting batch. You'll likely end up messing around with something else, and it's best to be protected.

2) Increase your level of caution around anything glass in the brewing space -- even seemingly harmless pint glasses can cause some serious problems.