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Old 06-13-2007, 02:12 PM   #1
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I just finished bottling my first batch last night, thanks everyone for all the help! I tried some and it tasted pretty good, can't wait for it to finish priming.

So now I'm wondering what sort of clean up I should do now that I'm done? As for the buckets, OxiClean? Bleach? Just rinse it? I read you're not supposed to scrub, but should I use a sponge or rag instead or nothing?

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Old 06-13-2007, 02:23 PM   #2
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I use hot water, maybe a little oxiclean and a soft sponge...and have had no problems. When cleaning thcarboy, I use the same equipment, but substitute the sponge for a carboy brush.

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Old 06-13-2007, 02:45 PM   #3
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I concur. Hot water and a sponge bath is all that's needed after usage.

Save the sanitizing powders, etc., for PRE-use.

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Old 06-13-2007, 02:46 PM   #4
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I soak just used buckets and carboys in bleach water, 5 tbls for 5 gals. Let them soak overnight, then rinse with hot water. That'll do most of the cleaning for you, so you can just hit it with a sponge/carboy brush, re-rinse, and it's all good.

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Old 06-16-2007, 09:37 PM   #5
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I've been thinking the same thing. Rinsing out and cleaning with a sponge just isn't getting the job done. My primary (bucket) has become a bit stained and smells like stale beer and hops. So, I've been thinking of letting it soak in bleach water to clean it up a bit.

Anyways, my question is, do you use regular bleach or non-chlorine bleach?

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Old 06-17-2007, 02:50 AM   #6
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Anyways, my question is, do you use regular bleach or non-chlorine bleach?
Regular, unscented bleach at 1 tbls/gal and soak overnight.
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If the bleach doesn't get the stains out try oxiclean. But not at the same time!

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Thanks, I'll try that.

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I bleach my buckets about every fifth batch or after any cider.

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