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I recently bought a couple really old water jug carboys and I got to thinking about concerns. My question is, does anyone know if the old water carboys contained lead in the glass? And if so, should I be worried about this or is it only an issue with very long term racking?
 

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I for one would not worry. But, make sure they are clean and sanitized before use.
 

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They have known about lead for some time now so I would think these carboys are fine as far as that goes, youll probably want to do a very good strong cleaning and then sanitizing to them and then a good rinsing.
 

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are they 1 gallon carboys? What do they look like?

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I agree with the earlier posts and if you're not going to use them right away leave about 2" of k-meta sanitizing soulution in them with a solid bung until your ready for them. I few of us do that with all of our empty carboys.
That is except for Tom. His carboys are always filled with wine.
 

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Lead glass is quite weak. They would not use it to make functional items. It is mostly used for art applications.
 

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Thank for the advice. They are 5 gallons each. I'll post pics when I have some time.
 
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