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Northern Brewer/Midwest has come under a lot of pressure as of lately regarding their glass Big Mouth Bubbler product line. They've confirmed that they are curating their reviews that are submitted to the site. If they are negative, they claim to contact the reviewer personally to resolve their complaints and remove the negative review. If you do a search ...


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I just wanted to let you know, in case anyone else could find this useful. Hydrochloric acid alone worked perfectly, the bottle was put into it for less than 20 minutes, and after that it was rinsed with water (almost no rubbing was needed) and everything was removed in less than 10 seconds. NOTES: -The part of paint remaining on the top, was not inside the ...


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This is possible, but not in a scientifically measurable way. Try this: Hold one of your bottles of beer up to the light so you can see the air gap that expands from the top of the bottle down to the top of the beer in the bottle. Quickly turn the bottle upside down then back again, with a slight amount of force, but no need to shake it. Observe the air ...


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Yeah, it pretty much is a constant risk. I broke 3 before I stopped using glass, one of them by just setting it carefully on a carpeted floor. I finally switched over to buckets and wonder why I didn't do it sooner. I've brewed over 400 batches using bucket fermenters and I have yet to find a down side.


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Soak in StarSan. Mix starsan as you would normally. Submerge bottles and soak for a day or so. Use a stainless steel scrubber (ball of stainless steel for cleaning pots/pans) to scrub off the paint. I've done this on 100's of bottles. It's really effortless with the scrubber. Side note I wouldn't recommend clear bottles for beer or anything hopped. (...


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When I cleaned demi-johns and glass bottles by soaking in a solution of PBW and hypochlorite bleach I noticed a build up of some insoluble compound on the surface of the glass that looked similar to the photo above. Some sort of hard, waxy substance that was relatively difficult to scrub off. I have since stopped using bleach and all my newer bottles are OK....


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It seems the problem you have is with being able to keep pressure in a controlled way. If the only issue what the container you could always use a PET carboy or something similar. There is no way this could be made to handle the amount of pressure a normal beer would be carbonated at; both in the wall of the container and the cap. My suggestion would ...


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In response to your question about precautions, to add to the other good advice, both Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies recommend using their brew hauler that is specially tailored to the Big Mouth Bubbler glass fermenter for moving them around. This is probably good advice for any glass carboy -- the cost of this webbing-based system is only about US$10.


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I have not found glass carboys in those sizes unfortunately. However... I love my 3-gallon glass vase fermenter (on the right in picture below, also have a 1.25-gallon on left). Have to be very careful with them, but they are effective, I've fermented many batches in them. Vases allowed the smaller batch sizes while also minimizing my concerns regarding ...


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Northern Brewer make the "Little big mouth bubbler" and other sizes, I have seen them used in youtube videos and they look great (thick glass) and easy to clean. I am awaiting stock to arrive to the UK so I can get a couple, and at $15.99 for the 1.4 gallon thats not too bad price for my trial runs before I go to full size batch. https://www....


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I combine the bubbles and yeast idea. Observation is a scientific approach. If you turn it upside down quickly and make some bubbles , there is definitely co2 released by the yeast. Oxygen alone may produce a little amount of bubles, but co2 bubles rushes up for a few seconds. You may notice a bit of this activity after the 1 week and it should be doubled in ...


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The company got sued. They now produce a new version and the old one is literally gone from the internet sites. The only reason a company would call back their old stock is if they were forced to do so. They no longer make the bubbler caps either. Those were likely considered a potential cause for the exploding carboys. On the flip side, although you don't ...


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I recently received a big mouth bubbler for Christmas and when I went to clean it after fermentation the bubbler shattered in my hands. Luckily I didn't get to cut. I contacted Midwest supply they stated they were had a new manufacturer for the product and would send me out a new big mouth bubbler. I just received it I have not used it yet but it is ...


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Use a Better Bottle. Obviously not the huge open mouth of the Bubbler, but unbreakable, very safe, and sturdy. Just use some PBW and/or Starsan to easily clean.


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In addition to what others have said, thermal shock could have played a role as well. If the carboy was warm and your concrete floor significantly colder then the temperature shock could have shattered the glass. Your floor mats will now insulate the glass from the very cold floor.


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