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  1. Feb 12, 2019 #1

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    What is the best way to store the equipment when not in use? Ie the buckets and carboys?
     
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    Ask 20 winemakers that question, get 21 opinions. I run water through hoses, clean any obvious dirt, then hang. Carboys, I wash throughly, use a drill carboy brush. Add a small amount of kmeta solution, then put a solid bung in. Generally mine aren't stored for long.
     
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    What is kmeta?
     
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    Potassium Metabisulfite or SO2
     
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    Yup... Ok thanks
     
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    Hoses, spoons, siphons, strainer bags, etc... get stored in a 5 gallon bucket after they are cleaned and sanitized. I also spray a few squirts of K-meta in the bucket and seal the lid up. For my additives, thermometer, hydrometer, measuring spoons, I have a small 6"x12" Tupperware holder that sits on my workbench. Carboys are rinsed, k-meta, and sealed till next use.
     
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    Regardless of how you store them, a careful check and re-wash or sanitizing rinse is a good move. I've sanitized carboys, stored them for 4-6 months with a paper towel tied over the end and still occasionally found a spot of mold or debris inside. I'd thought the stars and liquid would evaporate an leave the carboys in a clean state - but sanitizers can lose their effectiveness before they dry provide moisture for mold.

    So clean and store but be prepared to repeat the whole process of left more than a week.

    I've even gone to refresh an airlock that was a just little low only to find fruit flies hiding under the translucent cap. In those cases the flies were dead but...
     
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    Very True. I just rinse out the residue from my carboys before storing and do the sanitizing only when I'm ready to put them back into use.
     
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    My suggestion is to CLEAN, and sanitize before I storing. Don't skip the cleaning and don't overdo sanitizing.
     
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    I rinse thoroughly with water and then dump out any residual water out of the carboy each time I walk buy it. It takes a few hours/times before nothing comes out. I hang my hoses so that the low point is the end points. You don’t want to leave a coiled up hose with water in it.
     
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    Good process for cleaning, , , , I drain everything inverted, when dry carboys have a paper towel rubber banded over the mouth so I don’t have to rewash when used again and risk of mold is reduced.
     
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    I always wash everything very good at once after use and dry it out with paper towel thoroughly. Hoses is hanged up after cleaning. Before use again next time, I just rinse everything with warm water and apply Star San, let it sit for a while and rinse with cold clean water.
     
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    I wash everything right after use with One Step or Easy Clean and rinse thoroughly with tap water. Dry or let it dry and put it away without sanitizing. I sanitize before next use. Carboys are stored with saran wrap over opening; hoses are hung to dry; smaller equipment is stored in large covered plastic storage box. Bottle rack and floor corker are stored with plastic bags over them.
     
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    As a last step, consider inverting carboys for several hours before sealing with saran wrap. The goal is for the inside to become completely dry.
     
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    I let them thoroughly dry for 2 or 3 days before sealing them up. I find that drying them on their side actually gets them dry faster than if left inverted. Before I set them down to dry, I put a small microfiber towel inside and bounce it around to pick up most of the water droplets, etc. It really speeds things up.
     
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    Been making beer and wine for 10 years and never even thought of covering empty carboys. I just clean them after use (wine is easier), rinse with starsan and drain.

    When I go to use them again they get a quick rinse with starsan. Same treatment with pretty much all equipment. Never had any issues.
     
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    The only reason I stick some Saran Wrap on the opening is to keep spiders, etc. from getting in there.
     
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    My basement is full of spiders but have never noticed one in the carboy. If there was though it just comes out with the carboy rinse .

    I’d probably be more worried that it wasn’t completely dry and the Saran wrap would trap moisture in there but I guess it’s fine as long as completely dry.

    My thought was just to add a data point that I have not taken and steps to cover and it hasn’t been a problem. I certainly think those carboy drying racks are just a complete waste of time and also look a little dangerous but have never actually used one.
     
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    I actually don't know the absolute best way. I clean with PBW, rinse, rinse with StarSan and drain. Then cover with plastic to keep out dust or insects. I've not had mold growth ever and a quick rinse puts the carboys back in action. I like the StarSan! It's a good product for home winemaking.

    I could see where a KMBS rinse and solid bung might preserve enough SO2 for a season to preserve perfect sterility.
     

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