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Old 06-28-2008, 07:53 PM   #1
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Hey everyone.

So I have two carboys that weren't cleaned after they were last used, and there's some nastiness growing in one of em. Before they can be used I need to make sure I sanitize the hell out of em.

My plan is to soak em in PBW for a day or two to get the crud off, then soak em in bleach a day or two, and then soak em in Starsan for a day or two just for good measure.

Comments, suggestions? Anyone have experience cleaning carboys that have bacteria and fungi growing in them?

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Old 06-28-2008, 08:04 PM   #2
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sounds like overkill, but better safe than sorry. I assume your going to give everything a thorough rinse / scrub before using the chemicals?

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Carboy brush to remove the crud. and less than 1/4 cup of bleach and 5 gallons of water should work fine if you let it sit for a day.

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Yeah, I'll make sure the crud is cleaned off well before I use the bleach and the Starsan.

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I just blasted mine out with the garden hose, drained, and blasted some more. Most everything came out and then filled with bleach water and let soak.

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24 hours and a bleach soak will do miracles!

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Yeah, I'll make sure the crud is cleaned off well before I use the bleach and the Starsan.
No need...bleach will work on that...
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Thanks for the tips guys. Looks like I'll be brewing for the first time in 6 months July 4th weekend. Can't wait!

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Something else I occasionally do to get crud out is to dump a small amount of dry rice in the carboy with the cleaning solution (in my case, usually just hot water and Ivory dish soap). Shake the hell out of the carboy and swish that rice around well. It works like an abrasive to get a lot of the nastiness out.

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Something else I occasionally do to get crud out is to dump a small amount of dry rice in the carboy with the cleaning solution (in my case, usually just hot water and Ivory dish soap). Shake the hell out of the carboy and swish that rice around well. It works like an abrasive to get a lot of the nastiness out.
Kinda the same theory as cleaning out a coffee decanter.... fill it with crushed ice & a small amount of water and swish it around to scrub the brown film off.

I hear sand works good too.
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