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Old 10-02-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Any carboy cleaning tips out there?

I've just cleaned my carboy after using it for the second time. I spend at least 30-40 minutes cleaning it out before allowing it to dry. Is this pretty typical for most people? I have a carboy brush, which IMO sucks. I clean it with warm water. That's it.

Any tips will be appreciated. I'm close to either going back to buckets full tilt or buying a conical. Thanks.

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No, usually just a couple minutes. Soaking overnight with oxyclean helps a lot!

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nothing wrong with buckets or conicals but it shouldn't take 30-40 min to clean a carboy. the easiest is to fill it with water and PBW or oxyclean then hit it with the brush the next day.

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No, usually just a couple minutes. Soaking overnight with oxyclean helps a lot!
Yeah Oxyclean works way better than PBW for carboys at least.
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Do you guys find that Better Bottles scratch easily when using the brush?

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Do you guys find that Better Bottles scratch easily when using the brush?
i use a bottle brush pretty vigorously in my better bottles and they all have swirly scratches inside but it makes no difference since they are nowhere deep enough for the bugs to hide from star san.
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+1 for PBW. Stuff is friggin magic!

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Yeah Oxyclean works way better than PBW for carboys at least.
Not with my water it doesn't. Doesn't even come close. For me Oxyclean and warm water and a 24 hour soak means I have to spend a few minutes with a carboy brush since the Oxyclean hasn't completely removed the krausen ring. For me, PBW and warm water and an overnight soak means I don't have to do a thing but swirl and rinse. Every single bit of grime is lifted off and sitting in the bottom of the carboy/better bottle. Oxyclean seems to be very dependent on water composition. For some people it works like gangbusters. For others it doesn't work so well. Unfortunately it doesn't work well at all in my water.
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Do you guys find that Better Bottles scratch easily when using the brush?
Yes, I did find that was the case when I tried to use a brush on my first BB. Since then I have switched to using PBW. Now I don't need a brush. Soak and swirl = DONE!

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