Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks

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rick1955

Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks

Post by rick1955 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:33 pm

Hi Guys its me again, is it ok to leave my discoloured airlocks in a solution of dilututed bleach overnight ,or will this effect the plastic,ive never really came across a decent method to keep them spotless , much appreciate your imput ,

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Re: Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks

Post by MarkA » Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:37 am

I have left many airlocks soaking for days in a VWP solution with no problems.

I have found though that airlocks that have dulled or discoloured never come back clear, even after soaking. As long as they are clean and sanitised, I don't worry about using them.

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Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks

Post by ciderhead » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:18 pm

They are Ridgid PVC and it's a chemical reaction when they go opaque, as long as they are clean and sanitised that should be your target

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Re: Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks

Post by Fil » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:55 am

ebay some real glass ones then ;) I still have a few old glass airlocks that have survived me since the 70's ;)
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

rick1955

Re: Cleaning faded and discoloured air locks

Post by rick1955 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:56 am

Discoloured airlocks are not very pleasing to the eye , but as you say so long as there sterilised , and besides they still make that wonderful glug glug sound when the wine is fermenting :D

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