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Old 05-30-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Man, these things are hard to clean! I realized I hadn't completely cleaned off all the crud from the last brew. It seemed pretty damn clean but a closer look revealed little brown dots (either malt or yeast i'm guessing) on the top of the glass carboy (near the opening). I can't seem to fit anything in there and I don't have a carboy brush.

What I did now, is I added about 3/4 cup of bleach and filled it up to the top with water. I filled it up last night around 8 and I will empty it tonight around the same time. I'm hoping that will take care of it.

But man, carboys are a PITA to clean!

Lesson learned: Clean your carboys PROPERLY right after you brew. Don't wait.

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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1 or 2 measures of oxy-clean and fill to the top with warm water. Let soak overnight. Done.

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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I would really suggest investing a few buck in a carboy brush. It will save you hours of hassle. Try picking up some Oxiclean Free (good) or PBW cleaner (best) and let your carboy soak. You'll probably get most if not all of the critters off with those. Again though, your best option is a brush. Nothing like good ol' elbow grease.

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Do you guys think bleach will do the job as well? It's soaking up in bleach right now.

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carboy cleaner..fast easy and effective

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Assuming this is a glass carboy. If it is a Better Bottle do not use a brush. A washcloth stuffed inside with about 1/2 gallon hot water and swirl it around.

With the bleach rinse it very well after the soak.

Oxyclean or Walmart's brand Sun? "something" are cheap and go a long way. Make sure you get the perfume free variety.

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I put a bunch of uncooked rice in my carboy, fill it with some water, and shake. Usually removes any "gunk"...Then I fill it with cleaner and hot water and let it sit for an hour.

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Oxyclean soak for about an hour....I use extremely hot water at first and shake it up...I also do another oxy soak the day before I use it again so its sparkling clean by then

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Where can I buy this oxyclean you all speak of? Is it that thing they sell on infomercials late at night?? lol

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Where can I buy this oxyclean you all speak of? Is it that thing they sell on infomercials late at night?? lol
Most stores carry some form of oxygen based cleaner these days, even at dollar stores. You just want an unscented.

Basically it's just a Sodium percarbonate cleanser. The bubbles break down any crud easily.

I haven't needed anything beyond that and a Jet bottle/carboy rinser to clean bottles or carboys.

I have a kitchen faucet to garden hose adapter to use on my kitchen sink.



Couple hour to overnight soak with hot water followed by a rinse with the jet rinser is all it ever has needed. No muss and no fuss.
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