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Old 03-11-2013, 02:34 AM   #11
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+ 1 on the oxyclean soak some of them are a pain though so I stick to Serria Nevada , Sam adams, and winder brothers. Shoot some times it only takes about 10 minted in hot water and the labels basically jump off the bottles

For cleaning over night soak in oxyclean then a soak in Star San until I am ready to start bottling



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Old 03-11-2013, 02:56 AM   #12
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+1 here. Oxyclean free for everything that doesn't need to be washed. Soaking beer bottles to get labels off is perfect for oxyclean.
What do you mean by oxyclean for everything that doesn't need to be washed? Oxyclean seems to work as well as pbw for cleaning in my experience.

Also a cheap way to get off labels is a soak in hot water with a little soap and a good amount of ammonia. The ammonia eats the glue really well


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Old 03-11-2013, 03:04 AM   #13
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While the Starsan is probably more reliable, I have always just sanitized in the DW with no detergent or jet dry. I wait for the the bottles to cool to around body temp, then I begin filling. To date, I have not had an infected bottle.

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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
Yes, the sanitize cycle, or at least "heated dry," depending on the capabilities of your dishwasher. Would I use my dishwasher to sterilize instruments for my OR? No. Do I trust that it sanitizes beer bottles that were basically clean (no gross contamination/visible junk) to begin with? I'm willing to take that chance.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:19 PM   #15
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How much Oxyclean/gallon?

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Long soaks in oxyclean can leave a scale that some acid solution like vinegar or starsan must be used to remove. PBW doesn't cause this problem.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #17
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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-clean-bottle-express.aspx?gclid=CIOCp67P87UCFaI-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.


I just cut the handle down on a bottle brush and chuck it in my drill. It works fine too.
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Or just flatten out the loop at the end of the handle. That should keep it from striping around inside the drill chuck.

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Long soaks in oxyclean can leave a scale that some acid solution like vinegar or starsan must be used to remove. PBW doesn't cause this problem.
If you completely submerge the bottles you don't have to worry about the scale it only happens if a part of the bottle is in air and it drys

But I use a quarter of a scoop for five gallons
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Long soaks in oxyclean can leave a scale that some acid solution like vinegar or starsan must be used to remove. PBW doesn't cause this problem.
Long soaks in PBW also can leave a scale that some acid solution like vinegar or starsan must be used to remove. Using PBW doesn't prevent this problem.


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