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Old 01-20-2009, 05:31 AM   #1
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Default Gunk in bottom of free bottles - hard water deposits?

So, I was gifted several 16 and 22oz bottles by someone that went to kegging. -- Many of the bottles had some (appears to be black) spots on the bottom of the inside. I soaked the bottles for several days in free & clear dish soap and a lot of baking soda to remove the labels. I then scrubbed the heck out of them with a bottle scrubber. Some bottles cleaned up nice, and some didn't.

The guy claims they are "hard water" deposits as he didn't rinse out the bottles when he got done using them, and beer sat in the bottle for long periods of time. -- He claimed he bottled over the top of these spots with no effects (as hard water is a "mineral" and nothing to contaminate the beer - he stated).

I tried boiling water and filling the bottles almost half way up with boiling hot water, then scrubbing them again when the bottles cooled enough to handle. This worked on a few.

I wouldn't be trying so hard to salvage bottles, but these are 16 and 22 oz and aren't bottles that I come by very often.

Any ideas?
-I don't have star san (because we all know that would be the answer to every problem! )
-I have IO Star
-vinegar?

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:36 AM   #2
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Any ideas?
-I don't have star san (because we all know that would be the answer to every problem! )
-I have IO Star
-vinegar?
I would definitely try vinegar.. You could also soak them in CLR or some other calcium remover, but you obvisouly want to wash the s**t out of them and sanitize before using.. It sounds suspect to me.. If he didnt rinse them, it could be ancient fossilized crusty yeast, a pain to remove..
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