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Old 09-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default Better Bottle wont get clean....now what?

So I have been trying for over a week now to get dried krauzen from my last batch cleaned out of my better bottle. I have tried the normal Oxyclean soak, shake bottle with wash cloth inside. The gunk is still there. What's next?

FWIW, I primary for 3 weeks and do not secondary. I started soaking my better bottle as soon as I finished racking to the keg.

I am ready to just throw it out (which sucks because it has only had 3 batches in it) and switch to buckets. Too afraid of the class due to kids and me being a klutz.

Anyone have any other ideas?

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Old 09-10-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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How long did you soak with oxyclean?

I usually fill my BB half way with with warm-hot water and oxy-free, put a stopper in it and flip it upside down. Sometimes an hour does it, sometimes I let it go overnight, then rinse with same temp water. Works like a charm.

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I use one of those large carboy brushes. I've been doing that forever without an issue. Ya ya I know what they say, but I've never had a problem (I've got 6 better bottles; some are many years old). I let it soak in oxyclean for a few days, then while it's full I just stick that brush in in there and gently remove anything still stuck.

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It has been a week soaking in oxyclean. I have also tried the brush against warnings and still cant get the crud off.

maybe let it soak for another week and buy a bucket in the meantime.

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I've had an occasional problem with this as well, mostly with the GF's hefeweizen brews. For some reason, that krausen really sticks to the surface and doesn't want to come off. I use one of those foam bendy things intended to clean wine decanters, after about an hour soak in PBW with hot tap water (120°F). It seems to work, unless it's been on there a long time.

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I use an oxyclean soak, then a washcloth swirled around, and if that doesn't cut it, I use a large bottle brush. I just use it carefully, and try to avoid scraping the plastic with the metal of the brush.

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I got some tsp powder at the hardware store and use that at a 1:1 ratio with oxyclean and seems to cut through gunk better on mg better bottles. They say its the poor mans PBW.

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Hot PBW soak. If it hasn't eaten all the crap off in an hour you didn't mix it strong enough. Usually microfiber towel swirl works but some yeast are tenacious. Try the PBW if that doesn't work go with the carboy brush. I used to clean mine with a brush until I found out about the PBW and towel swirl and I have also never had an infected batch.

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I will try the suggestions above. I am still going to pick up a bucket or 2 just to have.

Thank everyone.

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Dude I always fill COMPLETLY my glass carboy with Oxyclean and very hot tap water let it soak for 2 to 3 days and bingo like magic it gets clean, even after 30 days of being cacked on the side during fermenting it realy never stays on, not even a brush is needed...

My guess is that you mix your Oxyclean too low... Look on the side of the Oxy bucket and use the biggest strenth recomondation... Fill the better bucket completly with hot water and let it soak... And when Insay fill I mean overflow fill or up to the rim full

Works fine for me !!

Good luck !!

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