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Old 01-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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So, I have a 15 gallon glass carboy, a 5 gallon carboy, and 4 corny kegs that have not been cleaned since last used 12 years ago.

How would you recommend cleaning them and preparing them for use again?

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Old 01-21-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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I would likely soak them for several hours in hot water with PBW...amazing stuff. (Assuming I could lift a 15 gallon carboy - never seen one)

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Old 01-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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The glass can be filled with hot water and oxy-clean and left to soak for a day.
the kegs the same way I suppose, but I have never cleaned a corny kegso really unsure

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The glass can be filled with hot water and oxy-clean and left to soak for a day.
the kegs the same way I suppose, but I have never cleaned a corny kegso really unsure
I use PBW in my cornies too...works great. Oxyclean FREE is similar, but doesn't have all of the ingredients found in PBW. There are threads on making your own, but I have not tried it yet.
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I would say to do what you normally did 12 years ago but for a longer time and perhaps more vigorously.

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So, I have a 15 gallon glass carboy, a 5 gallon carboy, and 4 corny kegs that have not been cleaned since last used 12 years ago.

How would you recommend cleaning them and preparing them for use again?

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Can you show a pic of the 15 gallon carboy? I've never seen one this size.
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I found a few online...I am intrigued. I have been toying with 10 gallon batches, and this could be the answer

http://labelpeelers.com/demijohn-15-...oy-p-2660.html

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I wonder if that will fit in a chest freezer...

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As stated I would soak in PBW or oxyclean solution for a day or two. Are they really dirty? For the kegs I would probably get new gaskets all around just cuz 12 years is a long time.

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Can you elaborate a little more? Were they put away clean, or did you leave the containers dirty or full of beer/trub? If not, I'd guess you'd just need to rinse the dust out and sanitize as usual. Otherwise I'd soak in oxyclean or PBW as everyone else recommended. If you have soft water, the oxy works great and is a lot cheaper than PBW. If your water is hard, the oxi can be a real pain to rinse off and things will always feel slimy. In that case, go for the PBW, I think it's basically oxyclean + TSP as a rinse agent.

Either way, o-rings on the kegs are probably cracked and should be replaced.

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