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Old 04-01-2013, 04:16 AM   #1
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Have a couple of glass carboys and no matter how hard I scrub with the darn bottle brush I never seem to be able to get all the crud off the inside. Anyone have a good suggestion on a better way to clean them?

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:21 AM   #2
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Have a couple of glass carboys and no matter how hard I scrub with the darn bottle brush I never seem to be able to get all the crud off the inside. Anyone have a good suggestion on a better way to clean them?
As soon as you have pulled the beer out. Rinse thoroughly with hot water, then fill with cool water and add 1/4 cup of bleach. Let sit for 24 hours then rinse and done. If this doesn't work you might have scratches in the glass and need to replace the carboy

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:23 AM   #3
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I rinse them out with warm water, then fill it with hot water and OxyClean. Let it sit for a few hours then run the brush on the inside and it comes out spotless.

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:27 AM   #4
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Thanks, appreciate. Knew there had to be a better way

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:28 AM   #5
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pbw or oxyclean for general cleaning. CLR or vinegar for hard water stains.

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:50 AM   #6
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+1 for oxyclean, and for cleaning soon after racking.

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #7
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I do it one of two ways,as stated above fill with water and oxyclean or fill about halfway with water add some oxyclean and use a carboy cleaner attached to an electric drill(works great and is fast).

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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Cleaning anything ASAP after using I have always found to be best policy. Sooner = easier.

I can't argue with any of the techniques given in this thread, and in fact used them on the few occasions when I fermented in my glass carboys.....back five years ago when I started. I decided early on that was a losing proposition, and it's been plastic buckets all the way since then. I use my carboys only for the rare secondary / bulk aging / dry hopping, and they're a piece of cake to clean after that.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:12 PM   #9
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Another vote for hot water and oxiclean, and letting it sit. I hardly ever use a brush; if it doesn't come clean easily the first time, I just fill it up again with hot water and oxiclean and let it sit longer. This has even worked on some carboys I recently cleaned up that had been inadequately cleaned and left to sit for years.

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:51 PM   #10
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Another vote for hot water and oxiclean, and letting it sit. I hardly ever use a brush; if it doesn't come clean easily the first time, I just fill it up again with hot water and oxiclean and let it sit longer. This has even worked on some carboys I recently cleaned up that had been inadequately cleaned and left to sit for years.
This! I rarely get out my carboy brush anymore. Let it sit for a day or so with the oxyclean solution in it and all the crap is gone and I rinse with water and let it dry.

 
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