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Old 11-16-2011, 01:39 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
New to brewing and new here. Started with a mr. beer as a gift 3 years ago and want to start with a 5 gallon beer. my question is I just bought 2 carboys and 100 16 oz. bottles that were in the resent flood in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. They smell like a sewer. Did I make a mistake or can I clean these to use safely?
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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Try soaking in PBW for a few days. Or maybe a week bleach solution. Both will need a thorough rinse. Then a dunk in starsan for a couple minutes.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:48 PM   #3
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You should be able to clean them up with a soak in something. You can buy some Sodium Hydroxide (lye) at the hardware store. Follow directions and wear gloves and goggles...

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:36 PM   #4
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If it were plastic, I'd say throw it all away but since it's glass you'll be able to clean them up fine.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:52 PM   #5
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Clean them up and then brew an ipa, and call it Noah's arc ipa.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:56 PM   #6
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Thank you all.
Not familiar with PBW, is this the name brand?
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:01 PM   #7
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Powdered Brewery Wash, it's great stuff. I've also had good success with oxyclean (the Target off brand stuff actually), and it's a lot cheaper. Glass bottles should clean up fine IMO
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:03 PM   #8
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PBW is is Powdered Brewery Wash and it works awesome, most LHBS carry it. Another alternative is Oxyclean. Either way, rinse really good.

 
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FYI - Sodium Hydroxide would be the "Nuclear Option" for cleaning these. It's nasty stuff, but it WILL remove any organics from the glass. Just don't mix too strongly or you risk losing the glass as well...

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:33 PM   #10
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I get my bottles from the local recycling center and they are sometime not rinsed very well so at times they do smell and have mold in them, I use Oxyclean and soak them for a few days, use a bottle brush and rinse with hot water and they are fine.

 
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