What To Do If Your Glass Carboy Has Scratches

This will be a short post but a post that is well  needed.  Recently a few customers have come up to me with a question about if their carboy has scratches can they still use it.  Yes, yes you can.

Many people are concerned about bacteria or other micro’s dwelling in the scratches.  I don’t think you need to worry too much about that.  But if you are, my suggestions are as follows:

  1. Use it for your primary if possible. Having your beer not sit on the scratches for a long period of time will help in not getting contaminated.
  2. Sanitize well.  I would use iodophor, or star san.  2 minutes of contact time will normally suffice.
  3. Bake it in the oven.  I do this with all of my glass hardware.  Maybe I have a large oven but my carboy has no trouble fitting into it.  I have a post about how to do that.   It describes how to do it with bottles but same thing for carboys.

So if you come across an old carboy and it has some scratches don’t dismiss it.  You may just need some aid in getting it in tip top shape for your brew.  Hope it helps.

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