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Old 10-07-2010, 02:34 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning Old bottles with mold in them.

Found my dads old Moosehead beer Canadian Logger wooden box full with Vintage looking green bottles...I wanted to use them to bottle my Barley Wine, but not with the mold and crud on the bottom. I have a ton of oxygen Cleaner/Oxyclean, will a good soak in this stuff do the trick. Or should i resort to something else...Any suggestions

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Old 10-07-2010, 02:38 AM   #2
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I've cleaned up a few bottles with mold on the bottom. I soaked them in oxyclean over night, shook the hell outta them and then used a bottle brush. If they weren't clean, back in the soak bucket they went and repeat. If you get all the nasties you can see out, and sanitize (I use Starsan) you should be good to go!

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Old 10-07-2010, 02:39 AM   #3
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Yup. Oxyclean will do the trick. Just soak them for a couple days in a bucket of strong (1 scoop / 5 gallons) solution.

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that's a lot of hassle. as much as i hate bottling: mold=trash

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I usually keg but I will be bottle conditioning this Barley, and am over going to buy bottles for a one time use. I figure if i have them I might as well use them, Right? I'll try the usual carboy over night soaking and see how that goes...

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that's a lot of hassle. as much as i hate bottling: mold=trash
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But I can afford to toss one of my 360 bottles, because it seems that the multiply like rabbits anyways
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I usually keg but I will be bottle conditioning this Barley, and am over going to buy bottles for a one time use. I figure if i have them I might as well use them, Right? I'll try the usual carboy over night soaking and see how that goes...
for barleywine, yep, soak the hell out of them, then go for it. they'll age a couple years anyway...
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Yep and if you really want to get crazy do a bleach dilution. But Oxyclean will take care of it for you.

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Yep and if you really want to get crazy do a bleach dilution. But Oxyclean will take care of it for you.
This is what I Originally had in mind...The Oxyclean usually leaves a white mask left behind after soaking but usually I make a mix of vinegar water that seems to take care of the issue...I recently converted to Oxygen Cleaner because its so cheap yet does the same thing!
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I always attack mold with a 10% bleach solution, let it soak and rinse the hell out of it.

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