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Old 03-15-2012, 07:47 PM   #11
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7 hours?! On your secondary no less. How long did it take to clean your primary, A week?

I don't use a secondary so my primary has krausen, dry hop debris, yeast, finings, and God only knows what all else stuck to it. I dump in a scoop of oxyclean and fill it with water. It's clean the next day. (Okay, I do have to top it up with water once the suds die down so that the neck and everything are submerged in oxyclean solution). Literally 5 minutes of work.

I use carboys (PET) because I'm a beer voyeur. No other reason.


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Old 03-15-2012, 07:50 PM   #12
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Sorry for the melodrama and hyperbole. It took me about 30 minutes to clean. I use it because my in laws gave me an 80 year old carboy so it was free.

I guess what I'm looking for is if there are advantages to a carboy over an ale pale the justify the (moderate) extra work?


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Old 03-15-2012, 07:53 PM   #13
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I'm a complete amateur and noob at brewing. I went with carboys because they look cooler, SWMBO hates buckets in the house (have enough for my saltwater aquarium addiction as it is), I want to watch what is going on cuz I'm a nerd, and there's far less risk of sanitation problems (can scratch the plastic in a bucket and possibly harbor bacteria).
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:53 PM   #14
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I never use carboys just ale pale but when I did use carboys I just used washing soda, it's right next to oxyclean at walmart and IMO works better and waaayyyy cheaper.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:54 PM   #15
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Sorry for the melodrama and hyperbole. It took me about 30 minutes to clean. I use it because my in laws gave me an 80 year old carboy so it was free.

I guess what I'm looking for is if there are advantages to a carboy over an ale pale the justify the (moderate) extra work?
Nobody will ever give you an 80-year-old plastic bucket to ferment in.

Glass lasts a long time. Plastic does not. Glass is pretty much impervious to infection. Plastic is not.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #16
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Four souring or aging, they are not permiable to oxygen, plus you can watch without touching.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:58 PM   #17
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It's the same amount of work to clean a carboy or a bucket.
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Seriously, oxyclean warm water. Maybe an hour. How drunk we're you that it took seven hrs?
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Seriously, oxyclean warm water. Maybe an hour. How drunk we're you that it took seven hrs?
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Sorry for the melodrama and hyperbole. It took me about 30 minutes to clean. I use it because my in laws gave me an 80 year old carboy so it was free.

I guess what I'm looking for is if there are advantages to a carboy over an ale pale the justify the (moderate) extra work?
He was exaggerating...

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:04 PM   #20
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I was super pro Carboy because that's what I started with but recently bought a few ale pales. I think I like them a lot. But it's all personal preference. Get whatever you feel mostmcomfortable with


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