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Old 04-25-2013, 04:01 PM   #21
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From my experience, this is bad advice. For me, much over 24 hours and OxyClean leaves a filmy layer that’s difficult to remove.
I typically only give them a half hour to an hour in warm water with OC. A quick spin with the bottle brush and it cleans them out and the labels fall right off.

A thorough rinse, of course.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:06 PM   #22
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When I get bottles returned with funk...I consider bottling on top of that for the reject that didn't clean my bottle!

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Old 04-25-2013, 05:20 PM   #23
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Sounds to me like a good excuse to head down to the local Liquor Emporium and pick up some new, pre-filled beer bottles.

I don't worry too much about getting my bottles back, as I find I buy enough bottles of craft beer here and there to keep a decent supply on hand. However, I reserve my good flip-top Grolsch bottles for when I want to bring some brew to a party, for my own consumption. I don't trust others with my flip-top bottles. Can't risk losing those babies.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:25 PM   #24
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From my experience, this is bad advice. For me, much over 24 hours and OxyClean leaves a filmy layer thatís difficult to remove.
Yep you are correct but I use a low concentration of OxyClean...

So duration more than concentration.

I also use cold water to the soak and hot water for the rinse.

It is my understanding is that part of the reason a film is as the water cools it deposits on the glass.

So far this has worked well for me.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:26 PM   #25
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My normal procedure is oxy soak overnight using hot water, run a bottle brush through bottle with a couple twists, load in dishwasher, and run a rinse cycle.
I really doubt your dishwasher is getting enough water way up into the bottles to rinse them effectively.

 
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #26
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I have a pretty elaborate washing/de-labeling/rinsing setup. I'll have to post a video one day.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:56 PM   #27
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Bottle washing doesn't need to be elaborate

As others posted, quick soak in oxy, scrub with bottle brush if there's thick gunk at the bottom. Labels should fall right off after the soak, then maybe hit the bottles real quick with steel wool to remove glue residue. Rinse with hot water, done. Dunk in star san right before bottling. If you have a routine any more elaborate than that, it's just wasted time/resources.

 
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Not massively more elaborate. I built a 3-6 bottle automatic rinser (and sanitizer) with an acquarium pump and some CPVC and drilled a basin stopper to slowly allow rinse water drain while fresh water is added at the same rate from the faucet.

I can clean, de-label and rinse most bottles in under a minute now (and do 6 at a time).... Have I mentioned I hate washing bottles and love automation?
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:04 PM   #29
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This was brought on as I get $1 credit for Grolsch bottles at my LHBS and acquire them from my local redemption center for $0.25 each. I pretty much put $45/hour of new brew money in my pocket every batch of bottles.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:09 PM   #30
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I agree. Guess I'm just lazy, but if an oxiclean soak doesn't work, it goes into recycling. Not worth the time or effort to take a brush to it.
Another agree.

I also don't let beer go to folks who return bottles like that.
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