cleaning dirty glass carboy? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > cleaning dirty glass carboy?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-24-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
PAmike
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Ridgway, Pennsylvania
Posts: 22


I had a glass carboy given to me and it is very dirty, it has stuff stuck to the inside. what would be the best way to clean it? I was thinking of soaking it in hot water for a while, then cleaning it with PBW.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
Mojzis
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,269
Liked 152 Times on 107 Posts


Soak it in oxyclean is what I do. Get the no name brand from the store (cheap). Fill it up, add 2-4 scoops and let it sit for a few hours. Should do the job

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
PAmike
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Ridgway, Pennsylvania
Posts: 22

thanks, i gotta get a tub of that stuff anyway to wash my work clothes.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
Husher
Recipes 
 
Jul 2012
Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 308
Liked 28 Times on 18 Posts


if that doesn't work (never tried the oxyclean), I've found that using scome baking soda, a SMALL amount of water and they the carboy brush will remove just about anything. This of course is the last resort if soaking doesn't work.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
kh54s10
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
kh54s10's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 11,382
Liked 1790 Times on 1467 Posts


I personally would just recycle it.

But, I use oxyclean on my equipment and have been very satisfied with the results. It also works well for removing labels from bottles.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 04:04 PM   #6
Mojzis
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,269
Liked 152 Times on 107 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by PAmike
thanks, i gotta get a tub of that stuff anyway to wash my work clothes.
Just FYI: I have hard water also. So I use a cup of vinegar afterwards to get the cloudy precipitate off the glass. That gets it crystal clear.

A carboy brush will help get stubborn crud off after the soak. Good luck!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
F250
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Jefferson City, MO
Posts: 517
Liked 36 Times on 33 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by PAmike View Post
thanks, i gotta get a tub of that stuff anyway to wash my work clothes.
Oxyclean, B-Brite, PBW or Easy Clean, just to name a few. Put the recommended amount in the carboy, fill with hot water (think faucet water hot, not boiling) let soak for a day or two. This will get it clean. I have a long bottle brush I bend to scrub the shoulder under the inlet, but that's not usually really necessary. Once it's clean, rinse well and cap. Then all you need do on brew day is sanitize it.

Rick
__________________
Primary - Big Pale Citra Ale (AG)(1.063)
Secondary - Bitter (AG)
Bottled - Best Bitter, Bitter, SNPA clone
On deck - Tank #7 clone.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2012, 04:27 PM   #8
dadshomebrewing
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Chicago, Il
Posts: 817
Liked 110 Times on 76 Posts


oxyclean overnight... rinse... then oxyclean again, this time with a bottle brush... rinse very well.


oxyclean is my friend, because i do EVERYTHING in glass carboys
__________________
'Tis himself

In the fermenters: nada

In the bottle: nada

In the fridge(and the glass): nada

On Deck: anything i can think of

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 12:26 AM   #9
Calder
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Ohio
Posts: 7,619
Liked 634 Times on 554 Posts


I'd use bleach. a quarter to half cup of bleach, and fill to the top with COLD water. Let sit for a few days. Rinse with hot water.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 12:40 AM   #10
jonmohno
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Corn, High Fructose Corn Fortress, IA
Posts: 5,847
Liked 417 Times on 367 Posts


Thats why they make pbw, soak it in hot water overnight,scrub it with a carboy brush also. Rinse/flush well. Do it again if it makes ya feel better. I like to put mine on its side on a towel,capit with some(i use neutral natural dish soap/baking soda cleaner 1/2 full inside and rock it/useing the carboy brush,just for basic cleaning after primary.
Just the hot water and pbw should just do it really.Its suppose to dissolve junk where we cant get to it.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning Glass Carboy ezboarderz Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 20 01-28-2016 11:00 PM
Cleaning glass carboy ejmboston Equipment/Sanitation 16 11-22-2012 11:11 PM
Dirty glass carboy alb Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 11-14-2011 09:25 PM
cleaning glass carboy mcantu Winemaking Forum 23 11-13-2011 07:53 PM
Cleaning Glass Carboy BillTheSlink Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 10-02-2010 10:27 AM


Forum Jump