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Old 02-16-2007, 05:05 PM   #11
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Get some oxyclean. It is great stuff. Oxyclean and some hot tap water will melt off labels, clean the insides of the bottles well, and not stink or burn your skin when you wash with it. Just soak the bottles for a while, then dump out about half of the wash water from each one and shake the oxyclean liquid inside.

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Old 02-16-2007, 05:35 PM   #12
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Bleach does clean and it'll rip crap out of the bottles. I use it all the time to clean my primary carboys (1/16" of sludge on sides disintegrates in about 48 hours.). 2 oz's bleach per 5 gal in a big bucket and let em soak for 2-3 days. Hot rinse them when you're done and sanitize before use.

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Old 02-16-2007, 06:47 PM   #13
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I had the exact same problem. I tried bleach at first, and I simply could not get the bottles cleaned. A friend talked about amonia, and I hated it. I got the powdery residu on every bottle that I simply could not get off.

So another friend told me to try vinegar. equal parts vinegar to water, and wow did that work for me. I soaked them for about an hour, and brushed out each bottle, then rinsed really well. It worked great, and it was fast and easy. I recoment vinegar. Worked for me...

Good Luck

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Old 02-18-2007, 02:18 PM   #14
Nov 2006
San Antonio, TX
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Yeah one of those faucet mounted preasure washers are great - even works great on my carboy when I leave it just sitting there with trub in it. You just can't beat preasure for breaking up clumps of stuff in a bottle.

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