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Old 03-05-2010, 06:51 PM   #21
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hilarious! my same thought exactly... to make it official infomercial, he would have had to grab his lower back and attempt to stand up to infer some sort of injury with "the old way"
LOL!
"What do you have to lose?" he says. Well, $29.95 and a glass carboy, that's what I have to lose. No thanks.

 
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:05 PM   #22
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I do like the idea of using it for a keg fermenter though! Cool vid!

(Looks like Godzilla is running around while he is trying to scrub the carboy with the brush )
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:44 PM   #23
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Old 03-05-2010, 08:13 PM   #24
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+ A stopper for the rod. There was definitely a stopper that went into the neck of the carboy.
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:12 PM   #25
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Well, has anyone built a DIY one with any success yet? I'm itching to start using my sanke fermenter, but genuinely don't trust the whole "just soak it in oxy/PBW and rinse it out" method to completely get the passed-on yeasties and sticky kreusen out of there. This looks like just the thing, but like others... $30 for a rag on a stick?

 
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:48 AM   #26
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I made one a while back. it shook like hell and didn't work well at all...I used threaded rod, a hose clamp, and some chamois material....
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:30 AM   #27
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Well, I put one together.

I used a 3/8" 28" length of aluminum rod, with a compression fitting at the end. I then added chamois strips, with a silicone washer in between, then capped.

As Shorty said, the thing shook like hell. After a couple of seconds, the threaded cap came loose, shot off the end, and cracked the carboy. Which was just as well, since I wasn't able to get the thing back out of the neck.

Talk about an epic fail!

 
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:17 PM   #28
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Go low tech... put a small wash cloth (4-6" square or simliar) into the carboy with a bit of cleaning solution, and agitate/swirl. Takes a minute and the yeast crusties are gone. The rag come right out with the cleanser.

Now if we can just come up with a quick way to remove whole hops from a carboy after dryhopping!

 
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:44 PM   #29
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Right. After having... issues with my homemade carboy cleaner (aka rag on a stick) I actually bit the bullet and bought one of these.

I have to say, I'm surprised.

I racked a 10 gallon batch out of two 6.5 gallon better bottles into secondary. The better bottles were crusty, cruddy, and as a comparison, I had a buddy clean one with a standard carboy brush, and after he got started, I whipped out the carboy cleaner.

I wish I'd taken photos - I really REALLY wish I'd taken photos. Mainly because of the dirty filthy looks I got. After dumping and a quick rinse, I poured about a gallon of water in there, a little scoop of PBW, and went to town. Followed the instructions, running it at medium RPM down in the bottom, and slowing it down in the neck. And it did exactly what it said on the tin - about 60 seconds, and it was completely crud free. Well, not completely - it didn't do as good a job around the neck as I thought, but another few seconds with the carboy brush took care of that. Dump and rinse again, and I had a completely clean better bottle in about 3 minutes.

At this point, the other better bottle was about a quarter of the way scrubbed by the afforementioned buddy, who threatened to stab me with the carboy brush if I didn't hand over the drill and carboy cleaner.

As I said before, $30 shipped seemed like a lot initially for a "rag on a stick", but when I think about what I spent to make mine - probably about $20 worth of parts - which was completely useless, it's actually not bad. And considering I cut my carboy cleaning time from about a half hour of scrubbing (for two) to less than 10 minutes, it's a nice tool to have. Probably a luxury, sure - but certainly a nice one. If you've got $30 burning a hole in your pocket, it's not a bad way to spend it.

 
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:54 PM   #30
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Well, I put one together.

I used a 3/8" 28" length of aluminum rod, with a compression fitting at the end. I then added chamois strips, with a silicone washer in between, then capped.

As Shorty said, the thing shook like hell. After a couple of seconds, the threaded cap came loose, shot off the end, and cracked the carboy. Which was just as well, since I wasn't able to get the thing back out of the neck.

Talk about an epic fail!

This story is hillarious sir!!!
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