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Old 02-16-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
Will_Tingle
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I've just been given a half dozen old glass DJs, on of which contained the gloopy natural reduction of 15 year old wine - looks like oil, smells like vinegar.

Someone told me that once a DJ had got an infection (and therefore smells like vinegar) you'll never get it out - but I can't see that - is there any truth to it?

 
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:21 PM   #2
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You can always fill it with a dilute bleach solution and see what happens after a day or two.

 
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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Hi,

I bought four DJ's at an estate sale and had to clean out some bugs, pens, paper, and many years of grime. I used very hot water with a dish detergent bleach mix. Afterward I aged my elderberry wine in them with no problems at all. If you are worried about the bleach remaining I believe it dissipates when left to air dry after a day.

Really, my biggest concern was not destroying the wicker covering while I was washing out the bottles.

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Old 02-17-2009, 02:16 AM   #4
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I've just been given a half dozen old glass DJs, on of which contained the gloopy natural reduction of 15 year old wine - looks like oil, smells like vinegar.

Someone told me that once a DJ had got an infection (and therefore smells like vinegar) you'll never get it out - but I can't see that - is there any truth to it?
you didn't toss that (possibly -the best EVER) vingear away did you?! - I'd try it out before I threw it out - you might have something there if it's not moldy or stinks like a corpse...

if you did already toss it - soak in a bleach solution... then if you can find a place to do it for you... a dentist office, doctor's office, Biotech companies ( your best bet IMHO - they are usually staffed with young and rowdy learned types who generally like... alchohol... ie: home brew... ) so I bet you could make a deal for a bottle of homebrew wine or a sixer of home brew beer and get your stinky DJ though an autoclave (nothing biological will survive that)
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:14 AM   #5
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you didn't toss that (possibly -the best EVER) vinegar away did you?!
As best I could tell it was a LONG time since that DJ last had a lid on it, so that vinegar was probably flavored with more than it's fair share of garage dirt....

Pro sterilization I hadn't thought of - I live in nowhere, north Yorkshire, so bio tech companies are a bit thin on the ground, but I do know one of the guys who works at the local tatoo / peircing studio - I wonder if a DJ would fit in their equipment...

If not I'll just hope a strong bleach solution kills it of and then wash it out a couple (dozen) times to get rid of the bleach.

 
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:40 PM   #6
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Along those lines you might just use a pressure canner, they come in very large sizes and could be easier to borrow.

Jennifer
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Primary: High Gravity's Desiree Cream Ale -
Welch's Frozen Concentrate Wine -
Strawberry Wine which is looking beautiful btw -
Apfelwein No. 4
Bottled and getting bubbly --> 3rd batch of Apfelwein
Bottled: Elderberry Wine --> Good Stuff!
Done and Drinking: Irish Stout, American Cream Ale, EdWort's Apfelwein, American Wheat Ale excellent now that it has aged, Raspberry wine: too wonderful for words! Red Ale

www.badpasofinoethics.com

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Old 02-18-2009, 10:48 PM   #7
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Bleach water with detergent will do the trick. Just soak it for a day or two and grab a carboy brush and scrub anything stuck to the inside off. Rinse very well so you don't get bleach contamination and you be fine. I did this when I got two 6 gal. carboys for a buck a piece and have made a lot of wine since then.

 
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:10 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=Will_Tingle;1138653]As best I could tell it was a LONG time since that DJ last had a lid on it, so that vinegar was probably flavored with more than it's fair share of garage dirt....QUOTE]


LOL... you may be right there!
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Bottled: "All apple" Apfelwein, Mixed berry country wine, Kick yer' butt Hard Cider, "All apple" Achtung!Apfelwein, Kumquat mead, "All apple" hard cider.
Drinking: "All Apple" Apfelwein, Mixed Berry Country wine, Blueberry Belgian White ale.

comming to a carboy near you...
Redhook ESB clone

 
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:16 AM   #9
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...I got two 6 gal. carboys for a buck a piece...
I'm sorry, I can't seem to hear you over this sudden roar of ENVY.

 
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