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Old 04-24-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Worth cleaning out? Or risk not worth reward?

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.

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Old 04-24-2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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Put in ~1tsp of oxiclean and hot water. Let it soak for a couple hours and rinse it a few times; then sanitize.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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