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Old 06-22-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning beer/yeast gunk

So I had to use a blow off tube for a strong fermentation and now the tube I used has a nice thick layer of beer/yeast gunk in it. I have no real way to get in and clean it and soaking it in water really hasn't helped.

Also this is my first time fermenting in a carboy - usually I used Ale Pales and they were much easier to clean. Any recommendations as to cleaning the ring on the inside?

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OxiClean & 24hr soak will do the job

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Someone here suggested running fishing line in the tube and pulling a small piece of cloth or paper towel back out.
Worst case, replace the tubing.

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OxiClean & 24hr soak will do the job
+1 on this, I do this to clean almost all of my brewing gear, including those hard to clean blowoff tubes
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Is that white powder sanitizer that comes with most brewing kits a type of OxiClean?

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If you have a compresser you can take a string and blow it through to the other side, tie a small piece of cloth with cleaner on it and pull it through. If no compressor, you can attach a fishing weight or something else small and heavy that might be able to be fed through to the other side. I find I have to clean mine every once and a while and this works well.

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+1 on oxyclean and a good soak. I have cleaned some nasty stuff out with it. I wasn't sure if you were also asking how to clean the ring around the carboy, but if you were, the best thing I ever bought for this was a carboy brush. It will scrub the gunk out of the carboy.

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Is that white powder sanitizer that comes with most brewing kits a type of OxiClean?
C-Brite is a cleaner and sanitizer, but I've had better luck with OxiClean for jobs like tubing. It's like $10 for a tub - but get the kind with no scent.
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I tossed my tube but my Better bottle was pretty caked up from my last blow off. I filled it with oxyclean and the next day GENTLY, GENTLY ran a Carboy brush around to break up the stuck gunk.

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I tossed my tube but my Better bottle was pretty caked up from my last blow off. I filled it with oxyclean and the next day GENTLY, GENTLY ran a Carboy brush around to break up the stuck gunk.
I am always afraid of scratching with a bottle brush, I use a new gym sock, and now after the better bottle has had a good soak, I drain most of the cleaner out, toss in the sock and swirl it around to clean any left over bits from the neck area of the bottle.
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