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Cleaning Really Dirty Carboys

Postby apshaitwister on Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:20 pm

Hi all,

I'm cleaning out three glass carboys that have been sitting in a friend's side yard for... a little while. They were much dirtier than seen here when we first got them - we're talking moss growing, algae hosting, practically terrarium status. This picture shows post pressure washing.

I had searched online and it seemed that the consensus was to use OxiClean and warm water to soak the carboys. So, seeing no other options that were as highly recommended, I decided to go that route.

I have yet to clean them out fully with a bottle brush, give them another rinse, and then sanitize them for fermentation, but I was wondering if anyone here had any other reliable methods for cleaning out super filthy carboys.

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Re: Cleaning Really Dirty Carboys

Postby JohnDulleck on Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:03 pm

I would probably have scrubbed the inside until all residue of any kind was removed and then disinfected with bleach and water. Then rinse until all chlorine odor is gone.
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Re: Cleaning Really Dirty Carboys

Postby apshaitwister on Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:20 pm

Scrubbing is the next step. I mean, I would have loved it if all the residue from their years outside came off with just the power washing, but that stuff was STUCK. I imagine (or hope, really) that the rest of what's in there comes off with a good scrubbing (got one of those 90 degree angle bottle brushes) and then I can just StarSan them when I'm ready to make some stuff and they'll be problem free!
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