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Old 07-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #11
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I'll try lukewarm with lots more bleach. If all else fails I'll bring it to work and shove it in a glassware oven.

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Old 07-26-2012, 04:46 PM   #12
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I had a buddy who lost a bunch of mead and beers to an infection picked up during a move. Terrible waste of good alcohol.

His completely successful solution was to toss and replace anything plastic. Your glass is going to be fine - but all of those stoppers, airlocks, buckets and hoses are likely to be much harder to fix. Since they're all cheap items it makes sense to toss and buy new. Some hose, stoppers and airlocks are going to cost you less than the ingredients of your next batch of beer - so if replacing them saves even one batch you're even, more than one batch and you're money ahead.

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Old 07-26-2012, 07:58 PM   #13
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DO NOT DO THIS!! First, it takes more than a minute of boiling to achieve sanitization. As soon as you pour a little boiling water in there, it immediately cools and isn't doing anything. The only thing you're doing is stressing the glass. That's it.


I'm a Chemical Engineer. I got that. It just frustrates me that after a round of bleach the problem came back. I am just angry about it and racking my head trying to find a solution.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:17 PM   #14
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I'm a Chemical Engineer. I got that. It just frustrates me that after a round of bleach the problem came back. I am just angry about it and racking my head trying to find a solution.
What about the airlock, bung, etc.?
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #15
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Ya the problem is most likely not the carboy. I'd replace all the plastic in the equation.

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:35 AM   #16
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Well it seems that I cant catch a break. I'm using a new racking cane and lines and got another infections. Now I'm starting to look upstream. could it be possible that I am getting an infection from my cfc as I am going into my primary? and that I am not seeing anything until the secondary because it does not have enough of a cell count and the minor aeration from racking is enough to wake the bacterial cells?

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CFC's are a huge source of contamination if they're not cleaned out 100% after every batch and depending on your sanitization each time. I have a plate chiller (which is even worse to clean) and my friends have a CFC. After each use, we run the pump with PBW though for a half hour or so, switching flow direction, and then flush with water and dry. I made a connection to my air compressor so I can blow everything dry inside. For the longest time though, my friends were just flushing their CFC with water and sanitizer after each use. When they did get a wild hair up their a__ and ran PBW through, the globs of nasty crap that came out quickly made up their mind that it needs to be done every time.

You may have better cleaning methods than my friends did, but since you can't see inside, you can't really go overboard cleaning it.

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Is it normal for the infection to show signs that late after inocculation?

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Is it normal for the infection to show signs that late after inocculation?
Sure, especially if it is a small amount that is initially out-competed by the large yeast population you pitch.
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What about the environment your fermenters are located within?

My Ale Pails sit in the same room as my central furnace/AC. I have to shut off the HVAC system and wait at least 10 minutes for the dust to settle before I can open my Ale Pail lids. If I try to sneak a peek while the AC is running, I get an infection almost every time, simply due to my house's natural airborne particulate.

Check for air movement, dust, etc. before you pull your hair out and replace all of your hoses for the nineteenth time.

Good luck beating this. Infections suuuuuuck.

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