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Old 03-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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Default Carboys suck...right?

I just spent 7 hours cleaning out my glass carboy that I used for secondary. I was so wishing I had another bucket to use instead.

It was pretty cool to show my friends a 5 gal bottle of stout but it doesn't seem worth it.

Why are they still used? Nostalgia?

Am I missing something?

(Sorry for the melodramatic subject line.)


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Old 03-15-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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It shouldn't take more then 10 minutes to clean a carboy with a carboy brush, no matter how dirty it is.


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Old 03-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #3
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It shouldn't take more then 10 minutes to clean a carboy with a carboy brush, no matter how dirty it is.
What are you doing wrong that it takes 7 hours to clean a carboy.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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Hot water and oxyclean. Set it and forget it. Unless you filled it with cement then everything should come out.
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7 hours to clean a carboy....It's not the carboy that's the problem it's however you felt you had to clean it.

This-

+ Hot water + Overnight Soak +

Equals maybe 20 minutes of active work......
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What gets me is many noobs by BB's or carboys because they wanna watch it ferment. Then come on here freakin out because they don't know what they're looking at.
Not to mention that small neck opening. And safety issues with the glass ones.
I prefer my cooper's micro brew fermenter & BB ale pales. Wide openning,easy to get at to clean. Not to mention lighter & safer. Easy to get hop sacks,etc in & out. And I have spigots on all of them to make life easier. Still get clear beer with high flocculation yeasts.
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What did you do that took you 7 hours to clean???

Here's what I do:
- Dump a heaping scoop of OxyClean Free into the Carboy/Better Bottle. (PBW works well too. But it's way more expensive.)
- Put in a gallon or two of hot water
- Shake the crap out of the carboy/better bottle to mix everything up
- Fill it the rest of the way up with hot water
- Go back upstairs, watch TV, go to bed, go to work, whatever. Just do anything except continue working on that fermenter. Let the OxyClean do it for you.
- Come back several hours later.
- Empty the fermenter.
- Rinse, let dry

If I'm in a hurry:
- Put a couple tablespoons of OxyClean Free into the carboy/better bottle
- Put about a couple quarts of hot water in
- Bust out my carboy cleaner and my cordless drill
- Go to town on the muck and mung in there for about 10 or 15 minutes tops
- Rinse, let it dry

No need to spend hours cleaning these things, man!!!
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Hot water and oxyclean. Set it and check it out after 30 minutes!. Unless you filled it with cement then everything should come out.
It's pretty cool to check out the Oxyclean just rip through the remains in a carboy. If there is anything left, it comes right off with a brush with no efforts.
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I just spent 7 hours cleaning out my glass carboy
I'm pretty sure I could build a model ship inside my glass carboy in less time it takes you to clean yours.
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Or get that carboy cleaner with the wings that you chuck on a drill. One gallon PBW,& buzz that sucker a few times.


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