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Old 06-08-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default How to clean a Better Bottle Carboy

I ferment exclusively in PET plastic "Better Bottle" 6 gallon carboys.


As many of you realize plastic carboys should not be cleaned with a carboy brush to avoid scratching the plastic which can lead to bacteria harboring.

Well, last night after I had trouble with some stubborn deposits from the Krausen on my carboy, even after a 24 hour Oxyclean soak I had brilliant idea. I'm sure this has been discovered before but I could not find many threads on this site on how to properly clean a plastic carboy.

How to Clean a Plastic Carboy

1. fill the carboy to the brim with a water solution with a cleaning product like Oxyclean. Soak the carboy for at least 12 hours.

2. Dump out all but about 1 gallon of the water.

3. Insert a CLEAN cotton terry rag (8x8" or 10x10" works great).

4. Plug the mouth of the carboy with your hand or another rag.

5. Lift the carboy, and hold on each end with both hands.

6. Shake the carboy violently for 2-3 minutes! It helps if you change the direction of shaking frequently to be sure the cotton rag cleans all surfaces within.

7. Invert carboy, grab the rag with your fingers or pliers and pull out of carboy

8. Rinse as usual

This worked awesome on my Better Bottle and a truly clean cotton terry towel will not scratch plastic.


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If I ever have a stubborn mess, I'll give this a try. Thanks.

For me, it goes like this.

1) Transfer beer to bottling bucket.
2) Immediately, and I mean Immediately, rinse BB with hot water.
3) Add 1 scoop Oxyclean and fill to top with HOT water
4) Wait 24 hours
5) Rinse


I've never had to shake or scrub a BB with this method


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If I ever have a stubborn mess, I'll give this a try. Thanks.

For me, it goes like this.

1) Transfer beer to bottling bucket.
2) Immediately, and I mean Immediately, rinse BB with hot water.
3) Add 1 scoop Oxyclean and fill to top with HOT water
4) Wait 24 hours
5) Rinse

I've never had to shake or scrub a BB with this method
You are very lucky sir! I often have krausen that dried so well during fermentation that a 24 hour soak doesn't get it loose.

I use the washcloth trick. It is easy. I find it even easier than cleaning my bucket.
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You are very lucky sir! I often have krausen that dried so well during fermentation that a 24 hour soak doesn't get it loose.

I use the washcloth trick. It is easy. I find it even easier than cleaning my bucket.
^this. I always have krausen that dried as hard as concrete above the "beer line" and after a 3-4 week primary ferment it takes a lot to get that off.
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I've never used Oxyclean, but I've yet to have anything stuck to the inside of my Better-Bottles survive an overnight soak in a hot PBW solution. Not even this beast!

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^this. I always have krausen that dried as hard as concrete above the "beer line" and after a 3-4 week primary ferment it takes a lot to get that off.
I do siphon from the kettle to leave that last quart or so of hop/cold break material in there and use Fermcap. Normally my Krausen is less than an inch high, so that may have something to do with it too.



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