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Dave37 04-24-2013 07:55 PM

Worth cleaning out? Or risk not worth reward?
 
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Hi guys. I gabe away a couple homebrews recently to a friend. As my bottle supply is still pretty low i asked him to keep the bottles for me after he drank em. And to rinse them out of course after finishing off a bottle.

Well he went one for two. He kept the bottles but did not rinse them. The yeast is very dried and caked on so my question is. Is it ok to scrub and clean out the cake? Or could there possibly be some sort of yeast infection in there that no amount of elbow grease or starsan can take care of. Will the risk of infection always be greater in these bottles if i decide to use them again? Thanks.

AZ_IPA 04-24-2013 07:59 PM

Put in ~1tsp of oxiclean and hot water. Let it soak for a couple hours and rinse it a few times; then sanitize.

BulldogBrewer 04-24-2013 08:00 PM

AZ knows what's up ;-)

ghosthef 04-24-2013 08:01 PM

I've had nasty bottles returned. I fill them with hot water to soften up the dried up funk...use a bottle brush to get it scrubbed off, then repeat with an oxyclean solution. After another rinse...I starsan and fill. Never had had any problems.

Pratzie 04-24-2013 08:02 PM

hot water, bottle brush, elbow grease, good to go.

Revvy 04-24-2013 08:03 PM

Glass is such a popular item for storage and drinking of beverages, AND things like acids in a lab, is that few things penetrate it. And they clean really easily. Just soak everything in oxclean and hot water for a day or so, and all the gunk with lift away. Then rinse and sanitize as usual.

ghosthef 04-24-2013 08:03 PM

And be sure to have a tasty brew in hand while cleaning!

AnOldUR 04-24-2013 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Revvy (Post 5139247)
Just soak everything in oxclean and hot water for a day or so, and all the gunk with lift away.

I agree. Guess I'm just lazy, but if an oxiclean soak doesn't work, it goes into recycling. Not worth the time or effort to take a brush to it.

Revvy 04-24-2013 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by AnOldUR (Post 5139293)
I agree. Guess I'm just lazy, but if an oxiclean soak doesn't work, it goes into recycling. Not worth the time or effort to take a brush to it.

I agree.

Dave37 04-24-2013 09:03 PM

Thanks guys I have them soaking in hot water/ oxyclean now. Appreciate the advice.


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