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Old 03-11-2013, 02:11 AM   #1
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Instead of buy 2 case of beer bottle. I have 2 of my own. What the best way to clean them before bottling my batch?

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Old 03-11-2013, 02:14 AM   #2
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I always soak in oxyclean free or pbw then rinse and hit them with a jet bottle washer before sanitizing

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Old 03-11-2013, 02:17 AM   #3
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I always soak in oxyclean free or pbw then rinse and hit them with a jet bottle washer before sanitizing
What's pbw
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Powdered brewers wash. Works great but is a lot more expensive than oxyclean free and they both work well

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Powdered brewers wash. Works great but is a lot more expensive than oxyclean free and they both work well
+1 here. Oxyclean free for everything that doesn't need to be washed. Soaking beer bottles to get labels off is perfect for oxyclean.
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Rinse them well enough so they don't have any visible crap in/on them, then put em in the dishwasher (no detergent) and time the cycle so it's done right before you want to bottle. I just grab them right outta there and fill em up.

If you're talking about taking labels off, hot water and elbow grease +/- oxyclean.

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+1 to PBW soak. Spray or dunk them in Starsan right before bottling.

I've also found that a small wire brush is helpful for those hard-to-peel labels.

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Rinse them well enough so they don't have any visible crap in/on them, then put em in the dishwasher (no detergent) and time the cycle so it's done right before you want to bottle. I just grab them right outta there and fill em up.

If you're talking about taking labels off, hot water and elbow grease +/- oxyclean.
You run it on the sanitizing cycle is that what you mean?
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Sanitizing cycle may or may not be enough. I would still rinse the inside with Starsan or other santizing solution just before bottling

In my small experience soaking off labels, it is easier to soak the bottles overnight to get full effect from the Oxyclean. It helps to start with warm water even if the water cools off overnight. You can soak them for a few hours and scrape or wait overnight and sometimes the labels fall off. Some glues are resistant, some slide off.

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An overnight soak in Oxyclean gets most of the crap off. Labels, glue, nastiness in the bottom. If I have old nasty bottles (usually friends give me these) I use one of these:
http://www.brewgadgets.com/p-786-cle...FaI-MgodQzoAHQ

Chuck it in your cordless brewdriver and it will take the rest of the nastiness out. Just be sure to wet it before cramming it in the bottle.

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