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Reasonably hot water and an effective detergent will do an excellent job of washing Better-Bottle carboys and fittings, without scrubbing. Never use stiff brushes, abrasive scouring pads, or cleansers they are unnecessary! The fact that Better-Bottle carboys are clear and their surfaces are hydrophobic makes them easier to wash and inspect than carboys made of glass or other types of plastic. Better-Bottle fittings are also hydrophobic and they are easily disassembled and reassembled, so thorough cleaning and inspection is extremely convenient. Best practice procedures for washing fermentation equipment will depend on many factors; however, the end result must be equipment that looks clean on close inspection, because scum or biofilm can protect microorganisms from sanitizing agents.1,2,3

Better-Bottle carboys and fittings are exceptionally resistant to attack by the aggressive commercial detergents recommended for use in home winemaking or brewing. However, there is no point to testing their limits. Detergents should be diluted according to the manufacturer's recommendations and contact times should not be extended unnecessarily. Exceeding recommended concentrations will not improve washing efficiency to a significant extent, but will increase the risk of damaging all manner of home winemaking or brewing equipment. Storing concentrated stock solutions of detergent for long periods in any type of carboy is not recommended.
Better-Bottle carboys and fittings are exceptionally resistant to attack by the aggressive commercial detergents recommended for use in home winemaking or brewing. However, there is no point to testing their limits. Detergents should be diluted according to the manufacturer's recommendations and contact times should not be extended unnecessarily. Exceeding recommended concentrations will not improve washing efficiency to a significant extent, but will increase the risk of damaging all manner of home winemaking or brewing equipment. Storing concentrated stock solutions of detergent for long periods in any type of carboy is not recommended.


Sloshing Better-Bottle Carboy

The best way to wash disassembled parts of Better-Bottle fittings and the interior of Better-Bottle carboys is to slosh them in a reasonably hot solution of detergent, prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. There should be no need to fill carboys more than 1/4 full with the detergent solution. The easiest way to slosh a carboy is to place it sideways on a soft surface and rock it back and forth at a frequency that results in maximum agitation. Placing a small, thick rag, such as a face cloth, inside a Better-Bottle carboy and refreshing the detergent solution, when it becomes heavily contaminated, will speed the removal of stubborn debris much more effectively than increasing the concentration of detergent or the contact time. Better-Bottle fittings should be disassembled in order to insure effective sanitization, because disassembly/reassembly is so easy. A soft tooth brush or a small test tube brush will help to quickly remove stubborn debris from the fittings. PET-lined tubing can be washed by partially filling it with detergent solution and, with both ends of the tubing sealed, pouring the solution back and forth from one end of the tubing to the other for a few minutes.

Important Notes:

1) Do not leave equipment standing in spilled detergent solution. As the water evaporates from the spilled solution, the detergent chemicals will concentrate to the point that they no longer remain fully dissolved, which is a worst case situation for causing ESC Environmental Stress Cracking (see Rinsing above, go to the site, link on top of page.)

2) Better-Bottle strongly recommends using recognized commercial brands of detergents that have proven effective and safe for home winemaking and brewing.


Conclusion: As a general rule, do not a leave any winemaking or brewing equipment soaking in detergent solutions for more than a couple hours. It should not be necessary and doing so just might shorten the useful life of the equipment.

IN Conclusion:  Do not use your carboy brush on you PET Better Bottle.  Maybe if you put a couple of good socks over it and secured them, you could go after a ring of debris.  Try the bottle roll described above.  Best yet, keep your jug topped up and rinse as soon as you can after racking or emptying.