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Old 08-04-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default plastic carboy nearly imploded

Well, after I cleaned my plastic better bottles carboy I left it with the top sealed off so nothing would get into it. Later the next day I came across it to see that it had depressurized inside and was now in the shape of a triangle with the sides caved in. I released the seal and it went back to it's original form but now there are 3 creases on the sides from the stress. Hopefully it is still useable..

This happened once before but not as bad and just completely forgot. In the future I'm just going to use cold water with my star san because it will do just as good a cleaning job since the cleaning solution is ph based.

Just a warning to other brewers that use plastic carboys

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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Did you somehow have hot air in it after cleaning?

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:06 PM   #3
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Well I like to use hot water when I clean everything. But ironically I was just watching videos of people cleaning kegs with star san and realized it doesn't need to be when using this solution. So in the future I'm just using cold water.

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Well i wouldn't expect a crease could make it unusable but if it scored the plastic giving some crevices for little beasties to survive that would be problematic.

I will remember to not use hot water when cleaning the better bottles and seal it.

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Old 08-04-2011, 11:45 PM   #5
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Or, instead of an airtight seal, cover with aluminium foil

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:07 AM   #6
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I leave a qt or 2 of san-star add just plug with a paper towel
when it's time I just put the thing in the sink spray with san pull the paper towel put my hand over the end and slosh the san around the inside. turn upside down in the sink to drain and it's ready to go

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I leave a qt or 2 of san-star add just plug with a paper towel
when it's time I just put the thing in the sink spray with san pull the paper towel put my hand over the end and slosh the san around the inside. turn upside down in the sink to drain and it's ready to go
That sounds like a better idea, I'm trying to use the star san more efficiently now. It's pretty cool that you can reuse the same water multiple times and even get some in your wort without problems.

I dunno, I have it in my head in order for efficient cleaning hot water is best
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star san isnt for cleaning. it is for sanitizing.

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star san isnt for cleaning. it is for sanitizing.
I would think cleaning is synonymous with sanitizing....

Definition of SANITIZE
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: to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing)
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: to make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or undesired features

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