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Old 03-22-2010, 02:14 AM   #1
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I found a 5 gallon glass carboy that is difficult to clean with a brush. There is a scale or deposit inside. Is there something strong I might use to loosen it enough to use a brush? Otherwise, I may have to trash it.

 
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:24 AM   #2
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oxiclean free. Soak it and shake it every 12 hours or so. The foam should eat it over the coarse of a few days.

there should be other stronger things as well. Do a search

 
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:20 AM   #3
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If that doesn't work try an acid soak with warm water (citric, acetic, phosphoric - take your pick of weak food acids)
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:42 AM   #4
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White vinegar will usually take off deposits.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:24 AM   #5
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+1 on vinegar

 
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:27 AM   #6
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I'm an oxyclean over PBW convert, works great on the surfaces I need to clean via chemical and way cheaper.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:36 AM   #7
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+1 oxyclean...I only ferment in 6/6.5 gallon glass (used to be a wine guy ) Oxy free overnight cleans everything!!! I use 1.5 scoops which may be too much but makes my carboys crystal....and i do not use a secondary...3 weeks in a primary even with dry hop and oxyclean lights it up...

try it!

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Old 03-22-2010, 04:38 AM   #8
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fyi....once clean use 1oz white vinegar in 1 gallon water to wash off the oxy residue...if you care.

fyi...i dont
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:06 AM   #9
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Quote:
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White vinegar will usually take off deposits.
This is my go to when nothing else works.

 
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:54 PM   #10
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White vinegar will usually take off deposits.
Do you use straight white vinegar or do you dilute it with some water?
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