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Old 01-17-2007, 12:48 AM   #1
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I was recently given @ 60 bottles, and decided to start the label removal/cleaning process tonight. Most of them are ideal for re-use, especially since I have quite a few clear (New Castle) and green (Rolling Rock) bottles these are ear-marked to replace.

However, I noticed in one of the 12 packs (Sam Adams Octoberfest) that a fine layer of mold has started to grow on the bottom. I'm imagining they weren’t rinsed out and saved from a party as the other 48 are in fine shape.

So I started thinking; save them and try to clean them or pitch them out. This is where you guys come in: what is the best process to remove mold or should I just put them in the recycle bin and be glad the other 48 are usable?

If you say clean, what should I use? Here is what I have on hand:
Bleach
B-Brite Cleanser
B-T-F iodophore sanitizer

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This is the place where I'd go with bleach.

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depends on how much free time you have and how easy you can get other bottles.

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My experience is that bleach easily removes mold.

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A good long soak in bleach, followed by a hot rinse and a vigorous scrubbing with a bottle brush works miracles.
I would think the B-Brite would work as well, but I've never tried removing mould with it.

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it's neck and neck so far with the results! I'm leaning towards....

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When I get my bottles they ALWAYS have mold in them . . . In fact if I dont get mold in a bottle I kind of look at it as a treat.

So far the best method I have found to get it out is just soak them in oxyclean as normal to get the labels off but make sure you fill the bottles up and they sink to the bottom of your bucket/sink/bath tub (HOT water . . . HOT HOT HOT, skin falling off ot if ya can). Once the labels come off dump about half the water out and shake the bejebus out of them with your thumb over the top then dump it out. If you get a real stuborn bugger just hit it with a bottle brush and your golden.

15 cases of bottles I may have gotten a total of 1 case worth with out mold and this method has been good to me so far

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A good overnight soak in a bleach water mixture will do the trick. I've cleaned quite a few moldy bottles and it worked every time. Usually the mold is floating at the top of the bottle when I take them out. Make sure you eye ball them real well to be sure all the mold is out. Clean them, rinse and sanitize and you are good to go.

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I'm new to this forum, but I've cleaned a dozen cases of bottles over the years by sinking bottles in a family sized ice chest filled with cold water and adding bleach at a rate of 1 cup to 5 gallons. Let soak several days. Labels easily scrape off and mold slips out of inside. Rinse well to remove bleach then sanitize.

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I guess I agree with everyone else...bleach would pretty easily remove the mold. but then again, are you afraid you're never going to buy another twelver? I still buy many a tasty brew, and have realized that there will always be another batch of empties incoming. No use in hoarding.

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