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    Sanitizing on the outside?

    I consider myself pretty thorough with my cleaning, I'm kind of anal about that stuff anyway. But I was curious about keeping the outside of my fermentor clean, not only the inside. Are there any methods or cheap house hold items I can rub down my carboy with (maybe outside of the air lock also?) that will generally just keep my stuff just well, clean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undergradbrewin
    I consider myself pretty thorough with my cleaning, I'm kind of anal about that stuff anyway. But I was curious about keeping the outside of my fermentor clean, not only the inside. Are there any methods or cheap house hold items I can rub down my carboy with (maybe outside of the air lock also?) that will generally just keep my stuff just well, clean?
    PBW or Just plain bleach and water should work fine for cleaning the outside of your brewing equiptment. If you really are as you put it "anal about it" you could clean the outside with star san.
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    You'll never keep the outside truly clean, much less sanitized. It's only worth the effort right around the rim where it could get into the inside. Cleaning and sanitizing are a PITA and the more you limit the amount you do to where it is really needed, the less you will be tempted to blow off doing it where it really is required.
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    I soak my airlocks and stoppers in bleach solution after each use, it cleans them real well, but of course they don't stay sanitized so I soak them is StarSan solution again before I install them.
    I try to keep the visually nasty stuff off the outside of my fermenters and other equipment, but I really only worry about anything that will touch wort or beer.
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    I also clean the outside so it looks nice with the oxyclean and brush that I cleaned the inside with after fermentation. I only sanitize the inside and neck with StarSan when ready to use again.

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