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Old 09-20-2012, 03:38 AM   #11
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Oxyclean soak, rinse, rinse some more, Hot water and a washcloth and some swirling, rinse some more - done. If using a carboy brush, just do it carefully. I used one twice, the washcloth is easier.

No infections in about 28 batches.


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Old 09-20-2012, 03:52 AM   #12
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I've not found a need for a brush. I usually mix up a couple gallons of PBW solution (using 3/4 oz per gallon, I think) and soak / vigorously shake it. Usually after less than an hour, the last krauseny bits have relented and it's crystal clear. I don't usually go past 3-4 weeks in primary, though, and many times I rack off after a week or two, so the krausen doesn't have all that much time to harden. In one case I had to soak/shake for a couple days before the last bits came clear, but the PBW was victorious in the end. If you're doing longer primaries, you may have more problems.

To avoid needing to completely fill the fermenter with throw-away cleaning solution, I usually only make a couple gallons. The only place that ever needs soaking is the top part where the krausen dries on, so I just pour in the solution, firmly plug the bottle shut, and flip it upside down over the sink or over a bucket in the garage. This saves both water and PBW (not such an issue if you're using Oxy Clean I suppose).


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Old 09-20-2012, 04:08 AM   #13
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I have used a carboy brush on mine for 4 years. Never had an issue. Quit being overly anal and RDWHHB.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:36 AM   #14
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Before I knew any better I did it a few times. Now if Oxyclean wont get the krausen ring off I take the brush and put a heavy sock over it. It seems to work great and without scratching. I haven't had any infection issues...although I can't see any visible scratches.
If oxyclean doesn't get the ring off I just shake the living **** out of it.

Might oxyclean again if it doesn't come off, but it always does with a proper soak and shaking.

I've started to do a quick soak after the oxyclean with a vinegar or starsan solution (something acidic) to ensure any residue is removed.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:40 AM   #15
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What's up Al? (James from VIBE here)

PBW is awesome for BB. More expensive than Oxi but my bottles come out squeaky clean without any agitation or scrubbing.
Yep, I second that. Have one soaking right now with PBW, no scrubbing needed...soak overnight and they're good to go. I have also used a weak bleach solution but I don't soak long if I use this on the BB's (couple hours, maybe) - worried about potential pitting or off flavors in the plastic.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:07 AM   #16
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Bought some (cheap) used better bottles - they've been brushed. Why, oh why, would anyone do that?
If it's that much of a problem, why did you buy them?
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If it's that much of a problem, why did you buy them?
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If it's that much of a problem, why did you buy them?
Cause they were cheap. Looks like the brush just scratched the gunk and not the bottles.
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Cause they were cheap. Looks like the brush just scratched the gunk and not the bottles.
So they were still dirty when you bought them?
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I usually fill mine with water, let that soak a day and then soak in PBW and hot water (2 tablespoons PBW in six gallons) and just let that sit for a day and rinse. It almost always comes clean. Once in a while I'll have to do a second soak in PBW.


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