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Old 05-31-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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I used a six gallon Better Bottle as the primary for my Flat Tire. I kegged it last week. The ale sat in the primary for almost five weeks. I was reasonably successful cleaning it with the exception of a thin line of crusted krausen. The bottle has been soaking for a week in the sun as well as being agitated daily. I don't ant to use a brush to clean it but I'm getting ready to brew a Double IPA and would like the six gallon for head room. What's the trick?

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Old 05-31-2009, 04:31 PM   #2
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Someone post a picture of how they cleaned their BB. I believe it involved oxyclean, some hot water, and a wash cloth. They shook the BB and used that wash cloth to "scrub" the sides where the krausen was. You don't want to use a brush or anything than can scratch it.

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Old 05-31-2009, 06:15 PM   #3
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Not that we want to spend more money on a brush, but the sites I've seen that sell BB's also sell a red carboy brush, saying the red ones are softer and safe to use on the BB's.

No experience, just saying what they said.

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Old 05-31-2009, 07:18 PM   #4
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Use Oxyclean and fill the BB all the way to the top with hot water. You will get a ton of foam but in one day your bottle with be totally clean. Anything that comes into contact with the water will be gone.

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Old 05-31-2009, 08:13 PM   #5
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That would work with oxy clean. When I got my glass carboys out of storage for 3 years one of them I apparently hadn't cleaned after last using it. Crusted krausen at the top and all over inside. I filled to the top with water with 3 tablespoons of 1 step cleaner in it and it was all clean in less than an hour.

Might not work as well or fast on a BB, but I suspect it will still work.

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I put a washcloth in mine with some hot water, not too much, put a stopper in and swirled it upside-down. The cloth wiped away the krausen ring within a couple of minutes. I wouldn't put a brush in there for fear of scratches.

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I use the washcloth trick. Works great.

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Old 05-31-2009, 09:09 PM   #8
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oxyclean is your new best friend. I used it on my 5 gal BB and it worked like a charm. Soak in hot water over night.

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Ditto to the oxy. Haven't scrubbed anything from mashtun to kettle to keg in like the last 10 batches. Just soak it! If that doesn't work, try again (it will work). Barring that, the washcloth trick sounds cool!

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Great tip on the wash cloth. I just did Oxy clean several time but still had a smell so used a soft brush on top and another wash.. that did it but I am going with the wash cloth next time.

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