I'm very sorry to hear about your accident! Keep your chin up. Everyone
But DO NOT over-react by going to plastic carboys. They are vastly inferior
to glass for several reasons:
1. Plastic Loses its clearness/color over time - glass does not.
2. Plastic is much more prone to oxidation of the contents (this is
extremely important when bulk aging - less important with "28 day" kits)
3. And; most importantly: plastic is much harder to clean.
Since the carboys have the must/wine in them much longer than the primary
fermenter; cleaning them becomes much more of a problem.
You will be shocked/surprised by the "muck" which can accumulate in the neck
& at the bottom of a carboy during secondary fermentation &/or aging.
Moreover; it is much harder to properly clean these serious sedimentations
off of plastic than it is to clean them off of glass. The plastic will tend
to nick & scar during serious cleaning, thereby forming grooves where
bacteria & other nasties can hide.
Stick with glass & be more careful.
Finally; invest in a good plastic wine thief. They are not only inexpensive
($ 5.00-7.00 US) but are also good for withdrawing/adding wine to the
carboy. Additionally; they are excellent for testing your SG while the
wine is in the carboy.
Your hydrometer can be inserted into the thief before inserting the thief
into the mouth of the carboy. As the wine level rises in the thief the
hydrometer will begin to float & take its reading.
A wine thief is a tool whose value is often greatly underestimated!! Get
Hope this helps - Keep your chin up - go out tomorrow & buy another carboy &
"Wine is sunlight, held together by water..."