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Old 09-14-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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I'm sure this is asked often, I used the search and couldn't find anything conclusive myself.

I know not to use anything abrasive as a scratch can = an infection. I've got a ring of gunk in one of my BB's that didn't get taken care of when I cleaned it out after racking. Any ideas? I'm gonna try soaking in oxyclean tonight and see if it gets rid of it.

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Old 09-14-2009, 11:33 PM   #2
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a soak in Oxyclean Free, PBW or other similar cleaner mixed with hot water will take care of pretty much anything. 12 hours of that and my better bottles look brand new
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:37 AM   #3
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I usually soak my Better Bottles and everything is fine.

For the really stubborn stuff, I toss a wash cloth inside the bottle and a little water and PBW and swirl it around. Fishing the wash cloth out takes longer than the actual cleaning.

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Old 09-15-2009, 12:39 AM   #4
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If soaking in Oxyclean doesn't work (it usually does), put a little water, cleaner, and a wash cloth in there and start swirling.

edit: ha, I need to type faster
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:43 AM   #5
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Even though this thread is old I wanted to bump it. I wasn't able to get a ring off my plastic carboy after an oxyclean soak followed by a PBW soak. Swirling a hot, wet wash rag around the ring area did the trick!
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