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  1. N

    Stains fermenter

    Hey, I bottled my first brew with my Grandfather Conical Fermenter the other day, and I cleaned it ASAP. I rinsed it, rubbed it with a sponge, and soaked it for about 24h with Grainfather's cleaning product, but a few stains seemed to remain. So I soaked it again for about a day, and they're...
  2. S

    Cleaning silicone tri-clamp gaskets

    After my first fermentation in my unitank, a few of the white silicone gaskets (particularly in the dump valve area and the racking area) were stained pretty green. After scrubbing with PBW (and sanitizing with Star San), they are still greenish and even still giving off a hop odor. Is there a...
  3. R

    SS Brewtech Keg Washer (WaSsher)

    I am asking my wife to get me this for my birthday... I think. Does anyone have experience using it to clean something other than kegs? I would like to find a way of automatically cleaning my SS Chronical as well. Seems to me, after cleaning kegs, I could possibly manipulate the parts and clean...
  4. K

    Keep it Clean - Maintaining your Home Brewery for Beginners

    As a new homebrewer you will soon find that most of your time is spent cleaning and maintaining your equipment. In this article I will attempt to explain some ways you can keep your new home brewery clean and infection free, as well as the difference between cleaning and sanitizing. There are...
  5. I

    StarSan cloudy after 1 day in bottled water

    Hey there, I have bought a large 5 litre shop bought bottle of water and I heard that this should keep my StarSan(ChemSan) from going cloudy for a while after using it. I mixed 10ml of StarSan into the 5 litres of water (as instructed on the bottle and from videos on youtube) I then used my...
  6. I

    Only StarSan for cleaning?

    Hi very quick question. I have some VWP steriliser and some ChemSan (StarSan). When cleaning my equipment can I only use the ChemSan? Or do I need to first use the steriliser? What's the point of sterilising (VWP) when sanitising (ChemSan) is easier? Thanks
  7. I

    Only StarSan(ChemSan)? and how should I use it?

    I have watched many videos on youtube on how to use StarSan (ChemSan) but I am still quite confused.. I would really appreciate if someone would tell me EXACTLY what to do so that I don't mess anything up. For example sometimes I see people draining the bubbles, sometimes they don't. I'm...
  8. K

    Cleaning/Maintenance of a 10+ gal System

    I've been looking to upgrade from a 5 gal all grain system to a 10+ gal system. I work on a three tiered gravity setup at the moment and it's very simple to maintain. The more I look at larger systems, the more I think "how the hell do you clean this thing?". So how does everyone end up cleaning...
  9. S

    Cleaning and sanitizing kombucha kegs

    A question for the kombucha keggers. What are you using to clean and sanitize your kegs? Iodophor or star san for sanitizing? Is washing them with hot water and synthetic vinegar enough? Do you use PBW to clean the kegs?
  10. R

    Cleaning old, OLD kegs

    A friend donated to me a couple 5-gallon pin lock kegs that he hasn’t used in years. I gathered it has been something like 8-10 years. There is a tad bit of beer left in one, and the other is almost half full. Besides questioning my friend’s sanity for leaving a keg of homebrew unfinished, what...
  11. S

    Kombucha Kegging and Sanitizing

    Hi guys, I'm a home brewer thinking of selling my kombucha on a small scale for the moment. I'm planning on using corny kegs to store my kombucha for 2F(also probably to force carbonate). Have been trying to find information on sanitizing my kegs and lines but it's been hard to come by. Any...
  12. H

    Unremovable stains after stainless steel passivation

    Hi guys, So I've found one of these passivation methods on the internet which includes using a higher ratio of Bar Keeper's Friend. You basically make a paste using 1:2 water to BKF ratio (I might've used kinda 1:3, not sure though). I've used this method on my electric brewery (local-made...
  13. J

    Rusted bottle capper

    Hi! From my last brew/bottling day I used Oxiclean to clean all my brewing equipment instead of PBW. This weekend I intend to bottle the batch that is fermenting right now, and while I was making sure I had everything ok, i noticed my bottle caper got rusted. Do you guys recommend using it...
  14. DrGarbonzo

    OxyClean +1

    Old keg with brown beer stains and stained dip tube. OxyClean Free was the perfect deep clean. I let it sit overnight.
  15. O

    5 gallon glass Mason jar cleaning after used for pocket change feasible?

    Hey is it worth cleaning and installing an airlock to a 5 gallon glass container for homebrewing after it's been half full of pennies? Is it possible to remove residue entirely using bleach, vinegar, soap, and elbow grease? Keep in mind the pennies were thrown in, potentially scratching the...
  16. beervoid

    Cleaning a DIY floating diptube (silicone hoses)

    After a bad experience with my floating diptube (see previous topic) I thought this subject might be worthy of its own thread. How do people here clean the inner tubing from these float tubes? Or silicone tubes on that note. They are a pain in the @&& to remove from the diptube. I used to keep...
  17. I

    Good "everyday" cleaner for small jobs?

    Hi all, I love PBW to death, but it is not always convenient to mix up, and it doesn't keep well once mixed (given that the oxygen volatizes), so I am at a loss for a good light-duty everyday cleaner for small jobs. For context, I am making a lot of meads lately, and given that they require a...
  18. F

    How often to use PBW for keg

    Hi! I just recently started kegging (yes, it is awesome!). I was wondering how often you guys clean with PBW (or equivalent)? Is it before every new batch of beer you keg or like every 10:th? Will it suffice to rinse it out good and even give it a good scrub with a brush and then use SaniClean...
  19. Hiphop

    Deep clean of heavily used plate chiller

    Hey all, about a month ago I bought a heavily used 40 plate chiller on Craigslist. I thought I was getting a great deal on a 40 plate chiller for 50 bucks but when I got home and took a flash light inside I could see the wort in was almost completely clogged. I mean I doubt this guy has ever...
  20. Devin Wagner

    Cleaning for Diastaticus Infection

    Howdy: My last 7 batches have all been either finishing 50% lower than what was scheduled and/or all the bottles have been gushing. I realized that this has all been since I used a French Saison yeast. I consider myself a pretty sanitary brewer, but does anyone have any recommendations on how...