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Old 05-14-2011, 05:02 PM   #11
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Many of the generic oxygen cleaners use a smaller percentage of the active cleaning ingredient in their products. You'll only find out my trial and error comparison. I recently bought a generic brand and had two carboys from a split batch. I put a "scoop" of the generic in one and a "scoop" of oxiclean in the other. The oxiclean had eaten all the krausen ring off the inside in about 30-40 mins. The generic one never ate it all away and it required shaking with hot water after 4 hours to clear it.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:06 PM   #12
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Trader Joe's used to sell Oxo-Brite at a reasonable price and that worked the best for me, plus it is easy to spell.
Hmmm.... I thought that was spelled Oxa-Brite?

I use 1 scoop per 5 gallon and then add just a bit more for good measure.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:23 PM   #13
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Hmm interesting, I guess I didn't realize that it was that unimportant how much was actually used, to within reason. I guess I will try the minimum on the label first and see how that goes (1/8 cup per gallon)

The problem with the scoop measurement is that I am guessing that the scoop that comes with different sizes of these products are also different sizes. Is this true?

 
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:31 PM   #14
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I have 2 different size scoops that came with Oxiclean packages. One of the scoops is 1 oz and the other is 4oz so "scoop" as a measurement is useless. I use 1 scoop per gallon. How much am I using?

 
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:01 PM   #15
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I have 2 different size scoops that came with Oxiclean packages. One of the scoops is 1 oz and the other is 4oz so "scoop" as a measurement is useless. I use 1 scoop per gallon. How much am I using?
exactly my point, thanks

 
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:15 PM   #16
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Many of the generic oxygen cleaners use a smaller percentage of the active cleaning ingredient in their products. You'll only find out my trial and error comparison. I recently bought a generic brand and had two carboys from a split batch. I put a "scoop" of the generic in one and a "scoop" of oxiclean in the other. The oxiclean had eaten all the krausen ring off the inside in about 30-40 mins. The generic one never ate it all away and it required shaking with hot water after 4 hours to clear it.
My experience was exactly the opposite. The dollar store Awesome stuff worked better than the brand name Oxiclean on two essentially identical carboys that were about equally cruddy. I'll try it again next time I have two carboys available to clean. It may have been a fluke for some reason.

 
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:16 PM   #17
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I use 1 Tbsp per gallon.
ditto

I use plain sodium percarbonate.

 
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:23 PM   #18
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Many of the generic oxygen cleaners use a smaller percentage of the active cleaning ingredient in their products. You'll only find out my trial and error comparison. I recently bought a generic brand and had two carboys from a split batch. I put a "scoop" of the generic in one and a "scoop" of oxiclean in the other. The oxiclean had eaten all the krausen ring off the inside in about 30-40 mins. The generic one never ate it all away and it required shaking with hot water after 4 hours to clear it.
You're right. It doesn't disolve as easily a the real thing. So, I stir it a little. And, when fill my Better Bottle and leave over night, there usually is a bit of the krausen left. So, I pour out 90% of it and toss in a wash cloth and shake it around. Takes a couple of minutes. Then I rinse and use. Shaking a Better Bottle is easy. I just like that it works well and costs half as much.
I suppose I could buy OxiClean and use half as much...
Time for some experimentation!
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:25 AM   #19
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The bottom line is just use the directionsnon the side of the package you have and it should correspond to the scoop that came with it. It's really not a big deal since it gets washed away in the end. Use as much as needed to clean specific crud. Relax........ Homebrew
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The bottom line is just use the directionsnon the side of the package you have and it should correspond to the scoop that came with it. It's really not a big deal since it gets washed away in the end. Use as much as needed to clean specific crud. Relax........ Homebrew
While I haven't yet seen the directions on the side of the package tell me how much to add for a glass carboy vs better bottle vs keg vs bottle cleaning vs bottle label removal. I do see a lot of posts that say to use 1 scoop or 2. The question was how big is a scoop? This is one of those threads that come up and members add a definitive answer... 1 scoop... or 4 scoop and it confuses the questioner. We break down recipes to grams, break down water to PPM but use the term scoop...like we know what we are talking about will make sense to the questioner.

 
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