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Old 01-28-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Hey all,

So I had enough stuff lying around to rig a blowoff tube for my last ferment. Went like bonkers for a while and foam galore came out of it. Last night I switched it out to an airlock because the krausen had fallen and i was no longer in danger of kaboom. Problem now is that my hose has bunches of dried beer bits in it and i can't figure out how to clean it. It's 5/16" ish hose (and a standard plastic racking cane) and I don't know what I can use to scrub the crap out.


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Old 01-28-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Soak it in hot PBW solution.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:14 PM   #3
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Next time,as soon as you remove,it run some warm water from the tap through it to rinse it out as much as you can. Then put in in a bucket or long tray with PBW solution. Make sure the cleaner is run solidly through the length of the tubing. Dito with the racing cane. Make sure it stays submerged for whatever time it takes to soak it clean. Then repeat the rinse step,as PBW must be rinsed off. I then put a funnel in one end of the tube,the other end in a clean empty jug,& pour starsan solution through it for some 30 seconds. Remove the funnel & hang it over a chair to air dry before storage. They'll get very clean this way.
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:15 PM   #4
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I run hot water through it and then soak...

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:27 PM   #5
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I rinse as soon as I take tem off and then a short soak in Oxyclean and they clean right up.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:29 PM   #6
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If mine is getting spotty or I have doubts I run my carboy brush through it. It is short enough if I go from both ends I can get the entire thing. This, of course, wouldn't work with a smaller OD blow-off tube. I use one that fits the entire opening.

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Old 01-29-2012, 12:02 AM   #7
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Yeah, you dont want to chance having junk left in it,remove it as soon as you dont need it then rinse well with hot water and like unionrdr said,to use pbw or something,it removes deposits unlike sanitizers.Then rinse well sanitize and hang,then resanitize before using again. I would only use that one as your blow off tube and have a second one for racking. Although using pbw should work every time.Thats why i immediately well rinse with hot water,my autosiphon or bottleing spigot/ filler etc. and soak with all the tight spots it has that has potential to colllect junk. Its like leaving pots/pans out without rinsing and then doing dishes im strict about rinising your dishes after using them too because i do them too and theres nothing like crusted cheese or eggs caked to a pan all dried up,never fails to piss me off.Ha.Hot Rinse-soak

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Old 01-29-2012, 12:51 AM   #8
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i use a tube cleaning brush that my LHBS sells in various lengths and brush sizes.

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Old 01-29-2012, 12:56 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by mux View Post
Soak it in hot PBW solution.
X2! Do this and you won't need to scrub inside.

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Old 01-29-2012, 12:56 AM   #10
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I just dealt with this today - had krausen resudue almost a week old in mine.

A soak in hot "brewery cleaner" solution (from AHS) handled it with no problem at all.
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