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polaris

Cleaning Calamity

Whos got the best method for cleaning out and sterilising old demijohns, huge glass ones for fermenting, I'm going to try my hand at it but the six I've got have all been living rough in the garden for a few years and have unknown muck in the inside.

Any tips for shifting tough sediment and stuck on rubbish?    
Pilsbury

Go to the toy or gun shop and buy a coiple of packs of metal BB's, soak and shake off what you can then put a couple of inches of water and detergent in the demi and witj one hand or a bung in the top swirl it round and round, the BB's will scrape and chip away at the crap but because they ard smokth they wont damage the glass, works for vases you cant get your hand in either.
Pour the lot out through a seive, dry BB's and repeat....
bodger

Steam cleaner might do the job.
Border

I have just done two 14 days ago, mine where also living rough in my mates garden, until I rescued them.

I just filled them half up with Water and poured in 2 liters of bleach (domestos) in each, let stand for a few days then put a bung in the top of each and turned them on their side and rolled back and forth every few days. repeat if necessary.

When clean I gave them a final rinse with Younger's bottle steriliser and cleaner. 4 teaspoons to 25 liters.

Job done........ ready for some beer.
bodger

Did I say that I have one that fires around corners?

    We bought an attachment to go with our pressure washer that fires around corners, so that we can get at those out of the way nooks and crannies. It works a treat.
Gareth

I use a small bag full of glass marbles and mixture of about half a cup full of White spirit vinegar and clean hot water, but no detergent at this point for initially cleaning DJ's, and it is a case of roll and swirl the demi-john for about 5 minutes to loosen even the most stubborn of stains or scale. the marbles are very robust and are easily cleaned and stored away ready for next time.

I don't like using anything metal in or near my brewing equipment having found that traces of copper or iron can have a disastrous effect if they haven't been full rinsed out...metal BBs are made of steel and coated with copper.
bodger

but I thought you'd lost your marbles Gareth.  
Hawkeye

I've always found a length of small link chain very effective  
midlandsman

+1

MM
12Bore

bodger wrote:
Did I say that I have one that fires around corners?

You can get that treated on the NHS...
Border

bodger wrote:
Did I say that I have one that fires around corners?  


But there are no corners in demijohns.  
polaris

thank you so much for the advice i'll be trying one of these each i think to see what works the best as i now have a few more from my aunts garden

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