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Old 11-12-2012, 05:16 PM   #11
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A lye mixture might clean it off, but lye can also etch glass at a certain strength, so hopefully you can get it to a proper dilution to eat away the gunk and then rinse before it has time to etch that carboy.

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:49 PM   #12
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Vinegar and hot water....

Most likely scale from the OxiClean

Vinegar will clean it completely

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #13
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Does it look hazy, like chemical etching? You said they were old carboys, do you know what was in them before? If they were used in a lab, handling chemicals potent enough to etch the glass, you might not want to use them for brewing.
These were used for winemaking. I tried vinegar and then a strong star san solution and it's barely noticeable now. I am going to try hot water and vinegar soak next.
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Did you use hot water with the oxyclean? I'd say the bleach is a waste of time at this point.
I just used luke warm water. Next time I will use hot water.
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Vinegar and hot water....

Most likely scale from the OxiClean

Vinegar will clean it completely
That's what I am doing now. Vinegar and hot water, how long should this soak?
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:50 PM   #16
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If it tastes like water, it's probably fine, if you die, I'll admit I was wrong.
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That's what I am doing now. Vinegar and hot water, how long should this soak?
My scale comes off in 24 hours
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