A Lesson in Safety – Losing our Crab Apple Wine

Crab Apple Wine

If you have been brewing long enough, you know what it feels like to loose a batch of home brew. Most likely you got an unwanted infection, mold, or not yeast activity and left it too long, but every once in a while you may loose a batch to negligence. This post is to emphasize safety with all home brew activities, specifically on lifting and transport of your carboys. If your like me, you may have trouble moving the heavy carboys, and enlist the help of a carboy handle such as seen below:

Carboy Handle

Carboy Handle

as you can see, the handle is completely tightened on the carboy, the way it should be. Do not skip steps here and make the same mistake I did. Tighten your handle on completely, and ONLY use handles when your carboy is empty for cleaning and carrying purposes. If you use it on a full carboy, you risk the neck breaking  and you have to suffer the consequences of going from this beautiful fermentation:

Fermenting Crab Apple Wine

Fermenting Crab Apple Wine

To this sad, sad sight:

Broken Wine, Broken Dreams!

Broken Wine, Broken Dreams!

Also, glass in your feet for weeks. No matter how well you clean it up, you will have glass in your feet. Best you can do is keep your pup away from the area so HE doesn’t get glass in his feet <3

Safety for Scotties

Safety for Scotties

Do NOT make the same mistake as me!

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