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Old 08-29-2012, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default Year old grime and bacteria in Carboys

So... I recently found two carboys in my basement that I had misplaced and not cleaned properly. I'm fairly inclined to just throw them out since they have black grime in them (I'm guessing bacteria), but I just wanted to put it out there to you guys to see if I can rescue them with a VERY thorough cleaning with a TON of PBW and starsan.

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Old 08-29-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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OH

one of them is a glass carboy and the other is a better bottle.

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Old 08-29-2012, 12:35 AM   #3
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Pictures would be awesome.

Assuming things are 'okay'
Black grime sounds like a mold of sorts to me, not bacteria.
Careful 'soaking' in PBW in both containers, as it can cause dammage to both glass & plastic if left too long. I'd suggest make a little stronger than normal batch of PBW for the glass carboy, & scrub w/ a carboy brush. As for the Better Bottle, as long as the plastic isn't comprimized, fill part way with PBW (regular strength) & throw in a wash cloth. Put a solid bung in the top, and either rock the carboy on its side or shake vigorously 'forever'.

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Old 08-29-2012, 04:25 AM   #4
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not sure on the plastic, but a 3 day soak in oxyclean took krausen off of a carboy i found in the back of the closet that had been there for at least 5 years.

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Old 08-29-2012, 05:18 AM   #5
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the glass on will clean out easy

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No experience with the BB's but the glass should clean right up. I score most of my Carboys used form yardsales and they are ALWAYS disgusting. A good PBW soak cleans them nicely.

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Old 09-05-2012, 02:32 AM   #7
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Rinse the better bottle out with water about 120 degrees get out as much as you can, then put a scoop of oxiclean and fill to the top with warm water. Leave that for a few hours or over night, empty, rinse and repeat. You might and to put a couple of quarts of water and a nylon scrub cloth inside and swirl it around.

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