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Does anyone know the company in Italy that makes glass carboys?

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brewmonk:
There is such an irony here.
I now live in Italy.  As you can imagine the homebrew scene is easily dominated by the home wine making scene.  Homebrewing and "artigianal" beers are growing in popularity though, and there are some pretty good microbreweries popping up (especially in Northern Italy).  Homebrewing here is a bit different though in terms of equipment and techniques.  You can't find racking canes (I had to import mine from the States), and most sites just recommend using potassium metabisulfate for sanitizing (no StarSan  :'(  )  
Anyway, I've been looking for glass carboys, and Italian homebrew sites just don't have them.  The typical fermenter is a plastic bucket (which always has a spigot).  The funny thing is as I'm researching carboys, I find that all the glass ones in the States come from ... Italy  ::) ... yet nobody uses them over here.  ???  In Italian beer forums they are treated like some mythical beer creature only found in a far away place called North America  :D
Does anyone know what company makes these?

euge:
Gee...

I always thought carboys came from Mexico.

phillamb168:

--- Quote from: brewmonk on March 01, 2011, 02:59:21 AM ---There is such an irony here.
I now live in Italy.  As you can imagine the homebrew scene is easily dominated by the home wine making scene.  Homebrewing and "artigianal" beers are growing in popularity though, and there are some pretty good microbreweries popping up (especially in Northern Italy).  Homebrewing here is a bit different though in terms of equipment and techniques.  You can't find racking canes (I had to import mine from the States), and most sites just recommend using potassium metabisulfate for sanitizing (no StarSan  :'(  )  
Anyway, I've been looking for glass carboys, and Italian homebrew sites just don't have them.  The typical fermenter is a plastic bucket (which always has a spigot).  The funny thing is as I'm researching carboys, I find that all the glass ones in the States come from ... Italy  ::) ... yet nobody uses them over here.  ???  In Italian beer forums they are treated like some mythical beer creature only found in a far away place called North America  :D
Does anyone know what company makes these?

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I feel your pain. Re glass carboys, I don't use them. I ordered a better bottle from these guys: http://www.hamstead-brewing-centre.co.uk/

They ship to France so I'm assuming they ship to Italy. If they don't, I'll order one for you and ship it, PM me for that. For everything else brewing-related, I'd go with brouwland.com - I get everything I need from them, and they're the wholesale providers for all of those smaller shops. Anything you see with a "brewferm" label is provided by them.

Getting back to carboys, one of the easier things I've done as far as secondaries go is fermenting in corny kegs. Brouwland has them for ~30 eur each, used; around 150 eur new (I think).

tumarkin:
alert - rumour ****
I had heard that the italian company had gone out of business, leaving just the mexican carboys to fill the market demand. this was at least part of the reason carboys have gotten so much more expensive. don't know this for fact, but it sounded possible/reasonable.

gmwren:
What about demijohns? They are often used for bulk wine transport and some even come with a basket for transportation. Besides they look cool.

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