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veritas
12-18-2011, 06:45 PM
I threw a new mead together about a week ago used more honey than usual tried some different things a new yeast etc.. Stuff was taking off great. I wrapped my 5 gallon carboy with its blanket and put it on a small foot stool in the kitchen. I was concerned about the temperature in my basement being to cool for my purposes...

My kids were shuffling this thing around apparently they hit it against the cabinet handle or something hard causing an unseen flaw under the blanket because when I went to add my nutrients today the entire carboy collapsed. So there I stood with gallons of premature mead gushing into every corner of my kitchen and dripping through my hardwood floor onto my stuff in the basement.

Oh well..

Medsen Fey
12-18-2011, 10:49 PM
Anytime you have a carboy failure and mead is spilled, but not blood, it is a very good day.

Chevette Girl
12-18-2011, 10:59 PM
My condolences on your loss. That really sucks. Although Medsen does have a point... icedmetal had to go to ER when he lost a carboy (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17398)...

veritas
12-18-2011, 11:55 PM
I'm definitely glad no one was hurt. In the big scheme of things its nothing. But in the moment where your standing in an inch of mead its suck!

Chevette Girl
12-19-2011, 02:00 AM
...and I can only imagine the sticky horror that is the cleanup :(

AToE
12-19-2011, 02:01 AM
Wow, glad I didn't have to deal with that! Not sure what's worse, the loss of the mead or the mess. Definitely glad nobody got hurt.

wildoates
12-19-2011, 02:20 AM
Sounds like you needed a milk crate to cradle that carboy! But yeah...at least nobody was hurt.

cayo hueso
12-20-2011, 12:36 AM
thats definitely one advantage to better bottles.

mmclean
12-20-2011, 08:21 AM
Glad your O.K, you really should look into getting a Plastic Carboy (http://morewinemaking.com/view_product/6531/103206/Plastic_Carboy_-_6_Gallon_)

I don't use glass for anything over one gallon.

Be safe, have fun. :D

veritas
12-22-2011, 02:04 PM
Call me crazy but I like my glass carboys.. Just need to take better care of where I put them and how they are handled. Just glad no one got hurt I think that is in part because my carboys are always covered when in use. So what stopped me from seeing the flaw may be the same thing that saved me from a more explosive situation. My four year old was behind me when the tidal wave of mead began. I heard a concerned call of dad looked back to see her retreating to the fridge. Scooped her up and put her on the counter before her socks even got wet. Thanks Dad!

ken_schramm
12-22-2011, 09:39 PM
Don't know if I would describe a broken carboy with no stitches as a "fail." I was not so lucky. Good job on the young 'un. I'd say that's more a successful, safe loss of mead than a fail.