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08-24-2013, 12:05 AM
What is the best way to clean water jugs between fillings?

08-24-2013, 01:19 AM
You know what I did?
A sack of marbles--yes marbles.
Usually it's the bottoms that yuck up.

Only put a few pints of water in there with your bleach or whatever you use---slush them around for a few minutes.

Tim Horton
08-24-2013, 08:55 PM
Are you talking about the 5 gallon "water cooler" style bottles... ??
Plastic ?? Glass ??

(visions of Annie with one sock on, the other full of marbles, shaking the bottle with Hula-Hoop motions) :sarcastic:

08-25-2013, 03:48 AM
brewing supply stores sell brushes for 5-6 gal carboy type containers. I soak them with warm soapy bleach first.

08-25-2013, 10:43 AM
When we froze apple cider in 5 gallon buckets for the next year we used a 500 gallon milk tank filled it about 1/2 way up and added several gallons of bleach to sterilize the buckets. We were on well water and the more bleach you added the more the hard water would clarify. We added enough for saturation. We let them set for a few hours then rinse and dry. We never had an issue. Hope this may help.

08-25-2013, 12:26 PM
The bottles are 5 gal water cooler style and the 6 gallon jugs Wal-mart sells.

08-25-2013, 01:13 PM
The bottles are 5 gal water cooler style and the 6 gallon jugs Wal-mart sells.

One thing I did off grid was PAY special attention to my water containers.
The 6 gallon green ones from Wm were really tough.

I had to take them 6 miles to town to fill them,
So any cleaning I did was at home from a cistern.

Sour/dirty water can kill you or make you so sick.
You can always use bleach and just slush it around.

Tim Horton
08-25-2013, 03:41 PM
I am just wondering.........

Has anyone ever used, or have experience with the cleaning solution used to clean automatic milking equipment ???

The only experience I do have is I built a milk processing plant once and it was used in all the "clean in place" equipment system. It was run through the system in a hot water solution and rinsed with hot water and that was all that was required.....

Wonder if a product like that would be helpful in equipment like that...??

Good luck

08-26-2013, 02:51 PM
It would work if you are able or have the water to rinse them WELL>
Thats a good thought.