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Old 10-03-2007, 01:59 AM   #1
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Washing out my better bottle with my cool new carboy/bottle jet washer that attaches to the hose spigot. ( http://morebeer.com/view_product/15964/ )

The neck is just big enough that if you push hard at all, the washer bar that lets the water out goes into neck and GOUGES/SCRATCHES THE HELL OUT OF THE INSIDE NECK OF IT!! Plastic shavings falling out on the ground.

I think there was a sign that read "Infection Here Please" after I did this, so.....Bubye 6 gallon better bottle (and the $25 for a new one)

I have always praised these things and am sticking to them, but cleaning them is definitely more difficult than my glass one.


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Old 10-03-2007, 02:22 AM   #2
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Just add some PBW or Oxyclean and some hot water and let them sit for a day. No scrubbing necessary.

I have one of those jet washers. Got me wetter than the bottle/carboy I used it on. Gave it up.


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Old 10-03-2007, 02:30 AM   #3
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I use a plastic hose sprayer at the end of my hot water hose.

Tip her upside down and spray with 135 degree water until my arms holding the bottle are scalded.

Works every time.

Something about inserting a metal object into a plastic object, spells trouble.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:39 AM   #4
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I use bleach and water. It will dissolve almost anything. (I use iodophor for sanitation, but bleach for getting labels off of bottles and funk from inside of glass carboy).
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:40 AM   #5
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I just unscrew the handle from my sink sprayer and use the hose. Works great!
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I have always praised these things and am sticking to them, but cleaning them is definitely more difficult than my glass one.
Well,glass can be a PITA also. My B-in-L was brewing with me and his hands were soapy, well, you know the rest...
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I've got that same washer and have never had a problem. Sometimes I'll use it to knock gross debris off the bottom, but lately OxyClean has been doing fine. I've been trying to use the "no travel" method of carboy handling, i.e. I drain my chilled wort from the BK into the carboy that is sitting where it will ferment (chest freezer). Then, I siphon right out of there without handling the carboy and into the keg. That way I'm really minimizing handling a full carboy. The handles are good too, just in case you need to make an emergency save....
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:23 AM   #8
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I use a plastic hose sprayer at the end of my hot water hose.

Tip her upside down and spray with 135 degree water until my arms holding the bottle are scalded.

Works every time.

Something about inserting a metal object into a plastic object, spells trouble.
BM- How do you get hot water in a hose? Do you have a special connection from your water heater?
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:33 AM   #9
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There is always some krausen at the top that has to come off. I use the oxyclean methiod, but after a good fermentation, I find myself sticking a rag in there and knocking it up and down 42,352,362 times.
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I have never had a single case where an overnight soak with oxyclean and water didn't remove absolutely everything with a following rinse. Even on one where the whole top was caked with krausen and had been that way for a few weeks. A few minute soak with oxyclean is great for cleaning things, but an overnight soak is magic.

I know there's something to be said for getting completely cleaned up and finished on brew day, but I'd much rather let my carboy sit overnight and basically clean itself, than to try anything as labor-intensive as Kayos describes.


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