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Old 10-11-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I just bottled some Oktoberfest and im about to start brewing some American lager.

However, my glass carboy is slightly dirty from my previous brew.

What is the easiest and fastest way to clean/sanitize my glass carboy?
I have household bleach and a sanitizer called C-Brite on deck.

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Old 10-11-2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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PBW for one hour with hot water. THen starsan. Avoid using a brush if possible as it can scratch the glass.

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Old 10-11-2010, 08:21 PM   #3
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PBW for one hour with hot water. THen starsan. Avoid using a brush if possible as it can scratch the glass.
Or for the cheaper way,

One scoop Oxyclean Free, fill with water, let soak until clean.

You can use a carboy brush on the inside too if you need to, I've been doing that for years and have yet to be able to scratch glass with the nylon brush.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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PBW for one hour with hot water. THen starsan. Avoid using a brush if possible as it can scratch the glass.
+1 on the soak (but I use oxyclean versitile free overnight)

-1 on the brush...I highly doubt the carboy brushes can scratch the glass without some sort of abusive use.

However on plastic "better bottles" or plastic carboys use of a brush is cautioned
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Greetings,

I just bottled some Oktoberfest and im about to start brewing some American lager.

However, my glass carboy is slightly dirty from my previous brew.

What is the easiest and fastest way to clean/sanitize my glass carboy?
I have household bleach and a sanitizer called C-Brite on deck.

Thanks
Brady
I use a cleaning powder and fill the carboy almost all the way up with warm/hot water and let it sit for a bit. I use the cleaning brush to scrub away any trub that may be on the glass. Then store and sanitize with the same methodology before use.
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. . . . However on plastic "better bottles" or plastic carboys use of a brush is cautioned
+1, If you have to scrub a plastic carboy, put a thick sock or two around the brush end first.
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Don't use the household bleach

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Or for the cheaper way,

One scoop Oxyclean Free, fill with water, let soak until clean.

You can use a carboy brush on the inside too if you need to, I've been doing that for years and have yet to be able to scratch glass with the nylon brush.
It is not the nylon brush that scratches the glass. It is the twisted metal rod that the nylon is attached to.
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+1, If you have to scrub a plastic carboy, put a thick sock or two around the brush end first.
great idea! However the point of PBW is that you don't have to scrub. I haven't scrubbed a carboy in years.
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great idea! However the point of PBW is that you don't have to scrub. I haven't scrubbed a carboy in years.
Could be, PBW is expensive, I on the other hand am cheap so I us oxyclean and scrub when needed.
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