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Old 06-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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So, brewed a batch a couple weeks ago, and after four weeks in the carboy, my FG numbers stabilized and I bottled.

There's a ring around the inside of the carboy where the beer was, and it's pretty dry and crusted. I soaked in water for a few hours (with a fair dose of liquid dish soap) and scrubbed best I could with my carboy brush...

And the crust is still there.

Any ideas on how to clean it? Soak longer? Get a stiffer brush? Some sort of flexible yet rigid hose adapter I can use to blast it ala a pressure washer stream?

Hate the idea of putting a new batch in a vessel with visible residue, even if I soaked in sanitizer (I use Iodine and water), and hate the idea of throwing a 6.5 gallon carboy in the trash (well, the recycling bin, but you get the idea...)

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Is it glass? Oxyclean free or PBW soak and the brush should take care of it.

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Walmart has a version of this, can't remember what it is called.

One scoop into your carboy, fill with water, let sit for 2 or 3 days, hose out.
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For one i would of not used the liquid dish soap, i dont use it on anything that touches beer. (growlers, glasses, carboys, kegs)

If you cant reach it with a rigid brush then let it soak longer with a hot bath.
Sometimes salt works as an abrasive...or oxyclean!

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Seems that Oxyclean is the consensus. I'll give it a go.

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Walmart has a version of this, can't remember what it is called.

One scoop into your carboy, fill with water, let sit for 2 or 3 days, hose out.
I use 4 scoops. Comes off in 30 minutes. Rinse well.
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Walmart has a version of this, can't remember what it is called.
Do they not keep it with the other laundry detergent products? I have never been able to find it in the WM stores around here.
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Do they not keep it with the other laundry detergent products? I have never been able to find it in the WM stores around here.
not laundry detergent, but household cleaner aisle
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For one i would of not used the liquid dish soap, i dont use it on anything that touches beer.
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Do not use dish soap. If you can't find the oxyclean, use bleach and let it soak overnight. It will come off.
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I never put dish soap in anything I brew with, I got that advice from MrB and followed it from the beginning. But I wash my beer glasses with it... I'm not worried about flavor since it isn't fermenting, like with my brewing equipment, but I've heard it can ruin head retention, right?

So what should I clean beer glasses with? PBW or Oxi? Do you guys do your dishes with that stuff?

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