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Kevin K 04-07-2006 01:39 AM

Wine gunk in borrowed carboy...how to clean?
My father in law loaned his carboy to his moron neighbour. He made wine with it and didn't rinse it after racking/bottling. There is a thin layer of purple **** at the bottom, and soaking in Iodaphor for a few hours won't loosen it all up. (I know iodophor isn't for cleaning gunk, but I wanted to sanitize the carboy before racking, and noticed it was full of crap after filling it with iodaphor solution.)

I have some "sparkle brite", should I try that?

I'd like to get this gunk out of there tonite, as I'd like to get my first brew into the secondary.

My brush doesn't reach the bottom of the carboy. Any ideas?


rod 04-07-2006 01:55 AM

i have heard oxyclean works well - just rinse really well after.
i have had good luck with a strong bleach solution - agian rinse very well

Sasquatch 04-07-2006 02:20 AM

Depending on your time frame, a little dishwasher soap in some hot water will take it off in a few hours. Then make sure you wash the carboy with some tsp to get rid of any soap residue. My dad's wine-use carboys all needed this chemical treatment and a scrub when they came here.

RichBrewer 04-07-2006 02:23 AM

I bet PBW would work to clean that carboy.

McCall St. Brewer 04-07-2006 02:32 AM

B-Brite will probably do the trick if you can get it. Do you have a LHBS near you?

Kevin K 04-07-2006 02:38 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'm currently soaking it in the sparkle brite solution. Might have to rinse a bunch of times, but I think it's working.

I don't have any PBW or any of the other chemicals at this time. Will have to see what I can find next time. Hopefully I can rack tonite.


david_42 04-07-2006 02:19 PM

TSP or any good floor cleaner. Rinse well, Rinse well, Rinse well, sanitize.

DyerNeedOfBeer 04-07-2006 02:22 PM

If I'm not too late to chime in here... I have used PBW for the first time in the past couple of days cleaning the corny's I am about to put into my 'home brew service'. I am really impressed with this stuff. I don't have experience with a wide variety like the san star or others since I have always used bleach and Iodophor so I can't compare them. I wanted something for stainless and bleach is a 'no no' there so I ordered this stuff. The cornys had the 'gunk' in the bottom which is probably similar to what you are describing. I didn't even have to scrub a bit! 30 mins in PBW / warm water and it was whistling clean. Of course being paranoid, I did scrub afterwards even though they were clean... :tank:

Kevin K 04-07-2006 06:40 PM

The sparkle brite worked ok. Got it all out, but took longer than I'd hoped.

Caplan 04-07-2006 09:45 PM

Assuming you haven't forbid the carboy loan scheme soak with your 'to hand' cleaner as above and get a long piece of wire and secure a kitchen scourer to to it scrub 'stuborn' spots. Or next time put pressure on the FIL to get the wino to clean the bloody thing properly before returning!;)

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