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Old 06-08-2008, 11:04 PM   #1
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what are the best methods of cleaning a blow off tube? i try to get to it as soon as possible before is hardens but its such a pain, any tricks?

i remember some one had a cool tube with elbows to pull apart and easy to scrum but I want to use smaller dia tube than that guy.



 
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:21 PM   #2
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Some soak w/ success in oxi clean or pbw. I have done that but like to actaully scrub a bit. I have found that a long wire or dowel w/ a small piece or rag attached to the end works great. Just rod it like you would the barrel of a long gun.

I actually have something like this but I have improvised as well.
http://www.cabelas.com/information/H...gs0012753.html



 
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:28 AM   #3
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oxyclean soak + power rinse with a jet carboy washer -- a blowoff should fit over the end.

 
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:19 AM   #4
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Take a piece of paper towel and wad it up so that it fit's in the tube tightly. Use the carboy/bottle washer to push a few pieces through. This will remove crud as long as you don't let it dry first. For that caked on stuff, bleach or oxyclean works pretty well.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:34 AM   #5
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I soaked mine in PBW and after I let it soak a while, tied a string to the wire loop on my bottle brush, fed the string thru the tube and then pulled my brush backwards through the tube.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:24 PM   #6
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morebeer (and probably other places) sells a bunch of line cleaning brushes, which have a 4 foot wire handle and a brush sized for 3/8", 1/2", or 1" tubing. Should be long enough to get through any normal blowoff tube
http://morebeer.com/view_product/159...%27_*_44%27%27

 
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:04 PM   #7
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I soaked mine in PBW and after I let it soak a while, tied a string to the wire loop on my bottle brush, fed the string thru the tube and then pulled my brush backwards through the tube.
Does this method make scratches that could trap bacteria or anything?

 
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:36 PM   #8
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Does this method make scratches that could trap bacteria or anything?
I'm sure that it's possible to scratch the surface, but the way I look at it, I'm doing more good than harm. The wire loop on the brush isn't really what I'd consider abrasive and I usually only pull it through once.
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:09 AM   #9
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I soak mine in my MLT cooler with a little bleach. It cleans both at the same time.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:30 PM   #10
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I use a piece of solid wire, (using plastic insulated solid copper will prevent any scratching), to one end of the wire I make a hook and attach 2,3 or more pipe cleaners, dip the pipe cleaners in oxy-clean and pull it thru the tube. This works well for beverage dip tube on cornie kegs too.


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