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Title: Cleaning carboys
Post by: jbar on January 06, 2010, 11:21:51 PM
So i was trying to clean the scum that the krausen left around the top ring of my carboy and was having some trouble figuring out a good way to scrub around there. It was at such a weird angle i couldnt clean it well enough with a wire brush so i started to do some brain storming.

 That is when i got the idea to buy some of that aquarium gravel and put some of that in the carboy with just enough water to swish it around. I then just capped the opening with my hand and swirled the gravel around and BAM! clean as a whistle. I was so excited i thought i might share with you all. I probably am not the first person to think of this but figured it might help someone else out as well.  8)
Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: roffenburger on January 06, 2010, 11:35:27 PM
You could also just use some oxyclean, one step, or PBW and soak overnight. Try swirling a dish rag instead of aquarium gravel, and get yourself a carboy brush instead of a wire one.

Scratches in your carboy can potentially be bad...
Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: dhacker on January 07, 2010, 12:08:11 AM
OxiClean will do all the work. I haven't used my carboy brush in forever.

Thank you Billy Mays! . . R.I.P.
Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 07, 2010, 06:46:21 AM
I have a screw cap for my 6.5 gal carboys. I just fill with about 1.5-2 gal of water and oxy or pbw and flip. let sit over night at most and swirl and drain, rinse...Clear!

The 5 gal carboys i do the same but no cap so I use a gallon sized vessel filled with water. flip quickly to keep the
water from pouring out and let it sit. the vessel holds the carboy up side down and it allows the gunk to soak.
Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: ndcube on January 07, 2010, 02:52:17 PM
Plus one to oxyclean soaks and swirling the rag around.  Aquarium stones seem like they might do some damage.

Sometimes I still use my carboy brush.  I find it easier to get around the top of the carboy if you bend it at and angle less than the 90 degrees it ships at.
Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: rkarasek on January 13, 2010, 08:28:11 PM
There is a new product available to clean your carboys. Go to www.carboycleaner.com!!
Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: beersk on January 13, 2010, 08:35:51 PM
I bent my carboy brush at different points at 90 degree angles, and this takes care of it...I had the same problem until I discovered that, "hey, this is made of bendable wire, why can't I just bend it?"  It's kind of a Z shape at the end of the brush.

So there you have it. 
Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: Kaiser on January 13, 2010, 08:40:25 PM
A while back I put this together from pieces I had lying around the house:

http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Carboy_Washer

Kai

Title: Re: Cleaning carboys
Post by: beersk on January 14, 2010, 09:19:49 PM
Cool, Kai.  That's a pretty neat idea.