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Old 02-07-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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I just took off my blowoff tube and put on the airlock. I am looking at this tube and it is filled with dried yeast, foam and other stuff that blew off. I started running water through it to see what would come out but it didn't do too much. Any tips on cleaning this gunk out?

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Old 02-07-2008, 09:15 PM   #2
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What is the inside diameter? I use a 1"ID (1 1/4" OD) clear hose which is the perfect size for the carboy neck.

To clean this one I put a piece of wire throught the hose, then tie it to my carboy brush and pull it back through. Hot water helps too.

Of course the best advice I can give too is that I always clean mine within minutes of removal from the primary.

Hope this helps.

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I just had to do the same thing on wed. I wasnt expecting needing one on this batch so the problem I had was all I had for a blowoff was my racking cane. That is about 1/4'' ID. It actually worked for a blowoff tube, but afterward i had a lot of crap in it. I kept running hot water through it and wasnt getting anywhere. Well I had to clean one of my kegs last night too so after I put hot water and TSP in the keg and pressurized it i ran it through my picnic tap which a also put my racking cane into. The hot water, pressure, and tsp cleaned it all right out.

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Couldn't one also just sake it in a solution of OxyClean as well?

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Couldn't one also just sake it in a solution of OxyClean as well?
That is what I do. Don't use a wire brush. You will scratch the tubing, possibly causing an infection later on.
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It is 3/8 inch ID...all I had at the time. It is soaking right now so hopefully this will break some of the gunk up. Thanks for the responses.

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Do you keg? If so, the way i did it worked great. Plus it was clean afterwards.

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It is 1/4 inch ID...all I had at the time. It is soaking right now so hopefully this will break some of the gunk up. Thanks for the responses.

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You should also do what Alabama said. It works like a charm.


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Do you keg? If so, the way i did it worked great. Plus it was clean afterwards.
This is my first batch so no kegging yet.
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Do you have a bottle washer by any chance? or even a high pressure setting on a garden hose nozzle. If you take a few small pieces of paper towel wad them up to fit in the hose and use water pressure to push them through one at a time, most of the gunk will come out of the hose. Then I typically soak in oxyclean or a mild bleach water solution and rinse.

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