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Old 04-24-2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default $6.99 Drill Operated Cayboy Cleaner

After having a particularly gnarly carboy to clean the other day, I got tired of using the brush so I decided to try to build one for the drill. I know there are commercial examples out there but for one, I didn't want to drop the coin on it and two, I like the challenge of making one.

Here is the parts list:

Threaded 5/16 Rod $2.29
12x16 Microfiber Cloth $3.49
5/16 Lock Nut (6@ $0.14) $0.84
1/4 Thread Guard $0.37
Total $6.99

I started out with a new microfiber cloth although I thought about going with a terry cloth/old dish towel. I punched holes at the top, bottom and 2 in the middle. The nuts I'm using have built in "locks" on them with little swirls. At each point, there are two of them that grab the cloth.

-To start, put one nut facing down on, then feed the cloth top hole on, and then another nut facing up.

-Then put another nut facing down on and then feed the center hole(s) on followed by another nut facing up. I used tow holes for the middle.

-Put one nut facing down on, then feed the cloth bottom hole on, and then another nut facing up.

-Adjust all the nuts to keep the cloth tight across the rod and then cinch the nuts on each other.

-Install the 1/4" thread guard on the end of the rob by the cloth. This is more of a carboy guard than a thread guard. I went with 1/4" since it fit tight while the actual 5/16 were too loose.



The end cap:



Here is the finished Product:


I gave it a wet run on an already cleaned carboy (nothing to clean right now) and it worked great. Seemed to have good coverage and was easy to control due to the larger surface area. The only thing I may end up adding on is a stopper at the to to protect the carboy but it was also easy to hold with a gloved hand.

I'll try to post more picts/a video when the true test comes around.

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Old 04-24-2011, 07:48 PM   #2
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Looks nice and simple. Does the towel adequately reach the carboy sides in that configuration? That would be my only concern.

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Old 04-24-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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Looks nice and simple. Does the towel adequately reach the carboy sides in that configuration? That would be my only concern.
The towel is 16" wide and the carboy is about 12". When I first ran it dry I couldn't really tell but then when I wet the towel I could see it was hitting the sides. From what I could tell, it was the sides of the towel and not just the tips. I'll see if I can get a slow mo video one of these days too.
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Finally hooked up the video camera to take some action shots. Unfortunately, this is a secondary carboy so it really wasn't that dirty so I'm not really testing the performance. I did add a $1.30 carboy stopper so now we're North of $7.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW-TYogZlXI


Sorry I can't figure out how to embed it. I'm slow.
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looks Easy enough to make. I'm curious to see it clean a primary that's all gunked up..

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Nice, good idea that I'm sure will save me some time.

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looks Easy enough to make. I'm curious to see it clean a primary that's all gunked up..
I guess I'll HAVE to brew something then. I'll post back once I have more data. It's tough work but I'll do it for the good of the community.
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I guess I'll HAVE to brew something then. I'll post back once I have more data. It's tough work but I'll do it for the good of the community.
Sure use my Curiosity to BREW something!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .. Glad I could Help!
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Well it's off to the hardware store I go after work. Cleaning my carboy after a very active fermentation of a Hefe was a PITA. I had actually been sold on the idea of the manufactured version, but after this I am so making my own.

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Finally hooked up the video camera to take some action shots. Unfortunately, this is a secondary carboy so it really wasn't that dirty so I'm not really testing the performance. I did add a $1.30 carboy stopper so now we're North of $7.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW-TYogZlXI



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW-TYogZlXI


Sorry I can't figure out how to embed it. I'm slow.

WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Those some sexy calfs you got there boy. Where you been all my life?
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