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Old 07-01-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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Racked the IPA to the keg, filled the 6 gallon BB with hot water to soak the krausen, cover the top with a rag, and walked away. I later found the rag sucked halfway into the BB and the entire transition from the sides to the neck had flattened out completely. I'll try to post a pic but I think it's toast. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Old 07-01-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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yea BBs are not dish washer safe .... or even hot water safe apparently. yet another reason to use glass.

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Old 07-01-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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Yeah, because I'm sure you put your glass carboy in the dishwasher

I've used 135F tap water in my better bottle with no problems so you'd have to be going in hotter than that to cause damage.

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Old 07-01-2009, 09:07 PM   #4
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yea BBs are not dish washer safe .... or even hot water safe apparently. yet another reason to use glass.
... or buy another BB and don't put hot water in it this time. A half-scoop or so of oxiclean free + cold water + a few hours will clean the kreusen off of the bottle for you. Rinse it like you mean it, and you're good to go.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:10 PM   #5
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you maybe be able to do the opposite with hot water and a little pressure instead of vacume. add a little backing soda and viniger to bottle full of hot water and LIGHTLY seal. Can you say BetterBottleBom three times real fast

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Old 07-01-2009, 09:11 PM   #6
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... or buy another BB and don't put hot water in it this time. A half-scoop or so of oxiclean free + cold water + a few hours will clean the kreusen off of the bottle for you. Rinse it like you mean it, and you're good to go.
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Oxiclean eliminates the need for a carboy brush, and makes celaning a bucket fermenter as easy as spraying a hose, to celan.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:14 PM   #7
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Oxiclean AND/OR use HDPE fermentors, they can handle boiling temps. They can actually handle anything.

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Old 07-02-2009, 01:44 PM   #8
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I think the rag is the hint here... the water cooled, and lowered the pressure in the BB, which deformed because it was softened by the heat...

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Old 07-02-2009, 01:57 PM   #9
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I cleaned my BB Tuesday night by filling it with hot water 1/4 way up, some PBW, then sealing the opening and turning it over. Last night, when I got home, the sides were all caved in. When I opened the seal, and poured the water out, it returned to (almost) normal.

I'm not terribly worried, although I probably won't use really hot water again. It just cooled down, and caused the bottle to collapse a little bit. I'm sure it'll work just fine.

Your's probably did just the same thing. I'm going to fill mine up with water to make sure there are no leaks, but I'm pretty sure it's fine.

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