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Old 12-12-2011, 05:42 AM   #11
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What on earth do you do with lye ?? Never heard that one..


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Old 12-12-2011, 07:48 AM   #12
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:31 PM   #14
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I just soak in PBW overnite, a few shakes the next day, clean as a whistle.
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I just soak in PBW overnite, a few shakes the next day, clean as a whistle.
+1, I make my own PBW solution, an overnight soak, a little shaking, and a good rinse = spotless.

Having said that, I still like the idea.
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What on earth do you do with lye ?? Never heard that one..
Lye is caustic. It's very good at eating away organic material. At the proper dilution. A VERY strong mixture of it can eat away glass. YouTube some videos of it.

But yeah, diluted properly it can eat away anything stuck in your carboy. Or eat away the burned-on stuff in your oven (it's what's in oven cleaner).

You can also make soap with it if you mix with some fat or oil.
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Lye is caustic. It's very good at eating away organic material. At the proper dilution. A VERY strong mixture of it can eat away glass. YouTube some videos of it.

But yeah, diluted properly it can eat away anything stuck in your carboy. Or eat away the burned-on stuff in your oven (it's what's in oven cleaner).

You can also make soap with it if you mix with some fat or oil.
What I bolded is why is feels the way it does when you get it on your fingers. Very slippery. You've basically turned the oils on you skin to soap (if you wait too long, then it does the same to the lipids in your cells). Actually this is true for any alkaline cleaner like oxyclean and PBW. They just aren't as agressive as lye
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Lye is caustic. It's very good at eating away organic material. At the proper dilution. A VERY strong mixture of it can eat away glass. YouTube some videos of it.

But yeah, diluted properly it can eat away anything stuck in your carboy. Or eat away the burned-on stuff in your oven (it's what's in oven cleaner).

You can also make soap with it if you mix with some fat or oil.
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Bobby_M>>I flood the keg with CO2 for one minute with the lid off, rack the beer in to the bottom gently, seal it, flood it, vent it. If there's still O2 in there after that, F it.
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I'm not saying it works better than anyone's method other than my own.

I don't like to soak things over night because I rarely get in to a cleaning state of mind outside of beer brewing. I would most likely neglect it for quite some time if I don't clean it immediately.

After I clean with warm soapy water and rinse, I splash some sanitizer inside and cover with aluminum foil...That is, unless it's one of my three-gallons, those just get more juice poured on the yeast cake...

I guess I just wanted to make one. It took about as long for me to make it as it would have for me to come up with something funny for the free give away thread...
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I'm not saying it works better than anyone's method other than my own.

I don't like to soak things over night because I rarely get in to a cleaning state of mind outside of beer brewing. I would most likely neglect it for quite some time if I don't clean it immediately.

After I clean with warm soapy water and rinse, I splash some sanitizer inside and cover with aluminum foil...That is, unless it's one of my three-gallons, those just get more juice poured on the yeast cake...

I guess I just wanted to make one. It took about as long for me to make it as it would have for me to come up with something funny for the free give away thread...
Well I soak overnite because I choose to, but you could certainly get it done within an hour. But your method would use alot less water.

Nice design(I agree with you on " It took about as long for me to make it as it would have for me to come up with something funny for the free give away thread.")


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Bobby_M>>I flood the keg with CO2 for one minute with the lid off, rack the beer in to the bottom gently, seal it, flood it, vent it. If there's still O2 in there after that, F it.
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