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Cleaning the Fermentasaurus

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by NzBrewerMatt, 16/4/18.

 

  1. NzBrewerMatt

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    Posted 16/4/18
    Hi team, how are you guys cleaning the fermentasaurus?
    I finished my first brew with this fermenter over the weekend and found cleaning to be a massive pain. I couldn't get my arm in there to clean the outside where the hops and yeast had left marks.

    Are you using a specific tool to clean or a specific cleaning agent? Let me know how you guys do it!
    Thanks.
     
  2. Fro-Daddy

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    Posted 16/4/18
    Chuck a clean rag in with some water and swish it around?
     
  3. NzBrewerMatt

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    Yeah I tried that however it doesn't seem to get the grit and stuff off the sides of the fermenter where the top of the wort was sitting.
     
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    Posted 16/4/18
    What about something like a bean bag but using those glass blobs they sell in $2 Dollar shops.
     
  5. wynnum1

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    Posted 16/4/18
    You need to soak it first to soften fill with a cleaning solution and let soak have to be careful about temperature and not to scratch .
     
  6. NzBrewerMatt

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    Yeah i did think this. What would be a good cleaning product/agent to use to soak the Fermentasaurus in?
     
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    Hi, don't go using anything but a soft rag inside or you will scratch it. I hose of as much as i can with the garden hose then add a cup of sodium perc and fill with water. Come back the next day and it will just rinse off.
     
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    Posted 17/4/18
    50 degree water and sodium percarbonate. Let it sit for a day and all the gunk comes off.
     
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    Hey,
    I picked up one of these (actually i got 2 as it was cheaper to buy two at the special price than it was to buy one...go figure) at supercheap auto, then attached it to a garden hose fitting. If you crimp the end almost closed, it works a bit like a small pressure washer, and is bloody useful for all sorts of things, especially cleaning the dried up krausen off the fermentasaurus. 221634_00.jpg
    http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/Product/Blackridge-Air-Blow-Gun-30cm/221634?menuFrom=1021511
     
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    Posted 19/4/18
    + 1 for this.
     
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    Vortex from KegKING easy as on the end of a Battery drill
     
  13. snails07

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    Posted 19/4/18
    +2. This is what I do too.
    I just use the woolies brand unscented laundry soaker, whcih is about 35% sodium perc. Works well.
     
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    Posted 20/4/18
    Blast krausen ring
    Overnight hot water unscented Napisan
    Rinse
    Soak bits in hot water napisan
    Rinse
    Starsan co2 picnic tap
    Roll starsan around to contact everything
    Fill
     
  15. BestBeer

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    Posted 20/4/18
    The MODERN bleaches that contain sodium hypochlorite (Chrlorine) and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) - a strong solution of that swished around the inside several times, and a bit of a soak between swishes, will destroy anything. You only need 1/4 of a cup full and 1 cup of water and the foamy suds will coat every thing... leave for an hour or two and then reswish, let rest, reswish etc......

    Only use it on plastic - for a long soak, if you can dechlorinate the plastic afterwards with a soak in HOT water....
     
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    Posted 21/4/18
    I’ve never done any of this shit....

    A nylon brush. I.e. plastic on plastic works.

    Also, don’t be lazy. Clean it as soon as you empty it, makes a huge difference. If you are worried about the smell afterwards, just put a bit of water and sodium percarb in the bottom until the next time you use it, works for me. Cheers

    Edit Btw bleach tends to leave a taint that I’ve not been able to get rid of. Also I just use a “natural” dishwashing detergent like earthchoice immediately after emptying
     
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    Posted 22/4/18
    Hose the krausen ring.
    40c water with PBW.
    Close the ends and shake.
    Spotless.
     
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    Posted 22/4/18
    The chemist where I was getting my sodium percarbonate from suggested using sodium perborate after I asked the question why a couple of the members of this forum had reported heat coming from the percarbonate, it should be kept in a dark fairly cool and especially dry environment.
    Perborate is more stable and does the same job and only costs a few dollars more, that is what I use now.
    https://sciencing.com/use-sodium-perborate-5215007.html
     
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    Posted 22/4/18
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    Posted 22/4/18
    Where were you getting your sodium percarbonate out of interest?
     

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