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Offline alestateyall

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Broke my glass carboy today
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:47:12 PM »
Knocked the empty carboy over with the garden hose when disconnecting my wort chiller. The carboy lasted 3 years.

Fermenting in a kettle!

Silver lining: just ordered ordered a Speidel.

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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 04:12:56 PM »
Glad you didn't get hurt. I got some bad cuts from broken carboys a couple times.  These are cheap and have plenty of headspace - I have quite a few :

http://shop.greatfermentations.com/product/7-9-gallon-fermenting-bucket/plastic-fermenters
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013, 06:08:18 PM »
Sorry to hear, and glad there were no casualties other than the carboy. Got me thinking; I'm setting up my new pump and plate chiller, tossing in a Hop Rocket as well, and I also use glass carboys.

Seems there will be a bunch of hoses laying about during the chilling process and this type of accident is bound to happen if the carboy is just sitting there empty - light enough to be knocked over easily.

Thinking I might put the empty carboy in a crate or other device to hold it securely and protect it from such a mishap.

See? Something good DID come from this. Thanks!
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013, 06:28:24 PM »
I've broken 3 so far. Hate glass. 
Glad you didn't get hurt.

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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2013, 07:07:51 AM »
Thanks for the support guys. Can't wait to try my new Speidel. Probably should have just gone for a bucket, but, I am a sucker for the expensive option.

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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2013, 09:24:24 AM »
Sorry to hear about the breakage but cheers to your improvisation.

Quote from: philm63 link=topic=17820.msg224929#msg224929 date=13883carboys.

Thinking I might put the empty carboy in a crate or other device to hold it securely and protect it from such a mishap.

I hear you.  Got a fleet of glass carboys to manage.  I put the two or three waiting to be filled each in a blue cooler to keep them safe and upright.  Once they're filled with wort, any further chilling that is needed is done in cooler with an ice bath.
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2013, 09:40:31 AM »
You're smarter than I was.  I had to break 3 of them before I got the message and switched to buckets.
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2013, 09:43:59 AM »
Have fun the speidel. From what I have heard they are awesome.

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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013, 12:04:40 PM »
I can't believe I used to pick up full carboys and shake them. They were slippery and I was most likely buzzed to boot. Escaped without injury. Been using the same food-grade buckets for six years. Also without injury.
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2013, 12:07:25 PM »
Yeah, I've got some glass carboys (carboiai?) but I only use them for sours at this point so no picking up or shaking for me.
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2013, 12:17:13 PM »
I think carboys excel as solerae. Probably the only reason to risk using them. ;)
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2013, 01:07:45 PM »
Yeah, I've got some glass carboys (carboiai?) but I only use them for sours at this point so no picking up or shaking for me.

If you use those low-profile plant carts (IKEA has a sturdy circular SS one) you can shake & slosh the samichlaus out of it and then roll it to the destination for fermentation in a very safe fashion.
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2013, 08:47:52 AM »
I'm still using carboys. I just make sure to be very careful when handling them. I don't lift them when full unless I use a brew hauler and I make sure my hands and the carboy surface is dry when I pick it up to dump out yeast/trub. Use some finesse, guys!
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2013, 09:00:01 AM »
Seems like breaking glass carboys is very fashionable right now. The only glass I use are 5l wine jugs and even with a built in handle and the considerably lighter weight I am still extremely careful about avoiding knocking one off a counter or dropping it. Otherwise it's all buckets and better bottles (only for sours).
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Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2013, 09:26:26 AM »
Milk crates for my carboys.
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