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View Poll Results: What's the best cleaner to soak a carboy in?
PBW 17 26.56%
Bleach solution 11 17.19%
Hot water 6 9.38%
StarSan 5 7.81%
Something caustic 1 1.56%
Something else 14 21.88%
Squeeze Ralph Nader through the carboy's neck w/ a toothbrush 10 15.63%
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:15 PM   #1
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What's the best cleaner to help break down that nasty krausen ring on the inside of the carboy? Help me spend money on a new cleaner, por favor.

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Old 10-13-2006, 04:18 PM   #2
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Oxyclean with a several hour soak. Make sure you rise and don't let it soak too long or you'll get residue.

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Old 10-13-2006, 04:19 PM   #3
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Warm soapy water has always done the trick for me. Rinse out what I can easily after racking out of the carboy, then just put a squirt of soap in and fill it up with warm water.

The stuff comes right off the next morning with a quick scrub from a carboy brush.

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Wow, thanks guys. You answered before I could finish the poll! Thanks for your advice.

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Old 10-13-2006, 04:21 PM   #5
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TSP - trisodium phosphate. It's pretty nasty stuff - I mix it at about 1/4 cup to 5 gallons, and it dissolves all of the goop. I rinse REALLY well and follow up with Star San.

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Old 10-13-2006, 04:32 PM   #6
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PBW and hot water works wonders for cleaning SS and glass

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My vote is PBW also. It cleans almost anything with some warm water.

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I voted "something else" because the best thing to soak it in depends on what you are trying to do.

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I'm shooting for taking off that krausen ring, mainly. And getting rid of any organic funk left over from the primary fermentation, so that I'll have to use the carboy brush as little as possible. Ideally, I'd like to soak, brush off any remaining gunk, decant the soaking solution, rinse, and sanitize with Iodophor.

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I like PBW, but that's all I've ever tried. It's simple and effective, so I think I'll continue

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