I soaked a BB for a week and still had gunk inside. I then tried the rag trick to no avail. No more BB's for primary for me!!! Keep the glass with the extra headspace for primaries and BB's become dedicated secondaries.
A place for everything and everything in its place. I sit on the fence, I walk the line on this debate. Which is better? BB's? Or Glass? I think the answer is: Both.
If I had to do it again, I'd cut the bristles off a carboy cleaner and wrap a sponge around it.. in fact... I might just do that today.... I do wish I could use BB's for primary, but man, sometimes the stuff will not come off.
Right now I have an infected british ale in primary. Tastes like ass and it's in a better bottle. The one I couldn't get clean. Never again.
In Process: Mango Beer, Homebrewers Pale Ale
Bottled/Kegged:Spicy Light Rye, Rice-adjunct Pale Ale, Mild Bourbon Porter, Roasty Stout, Basic Light Mead, Bourbon County Stout Clone
Up Next: Berlinerweiss, Chocolate Raspberry Ale, and American IPA