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    Clearing out water deposits

    Well, I slowed down on the brewing in the past couple months, and I just discovered something troubling. It appears I didn't totally rid one of my glass carboys of all the wash water, and now there is a white deposit where it evaporated. Would this be something a CLR cleaner would take care of? I'm guessing it is a calcium or other mineral deposit. I've tried a bleach soak and PBW scrubbing, but to no avail.
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    Beautiful! I'd hate to lose a perfectly good carboy due to my own negligence!
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    Vinegar may work also and would be cheaper.
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    Is your water chemistry fairly hard? Go to some hydrochloric if the vinegar does not cut it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Scientist
    Is your water chemistry fairly hard? Go to some hydrochloric if the vinegar does not cut it.
    Good idea. Where would you find that?

    ... did the vinegar work?

    BTW, PBW does it's best work on heavily soiled stuff when allowed to soak. Scrubbing and not soaking will work if it's not caked or dried on, like your calcium deposit. I'd suspect it would of worked had you let it set. I soak kegs 3/4 full and then let sit overnite, flip, let sit overnite again, then use a brush to make sure I removed all any film left over from the PBW. Hot to start with as well.

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    You can get muriatic acid(HCl) at any janitorial or pool supply store. Dilute it carefully by pouring the acid into water, not water into the acid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corkybstewart
    You can get muriatic acid(HCl) at any janitorial or pool supply store. Dilute it carefully by pouring the acid into water, not water into the acid.
    Home cheapo and Blowes usually also have it.
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