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Old 03-22-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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From what I have read Oxyclean is the suggested magic cleaner for better bottles. Supposedly a half scoop of oxyclean overnight in a bb filled with water will remove all fermentation residue. I did this, and it did not clean my bottle. It cleaned off some, but not spotless like everyone suggests. I even let it soak for a few days.

So how do I get the rest of the residue off? I would normally use a bottle brush on my glass carboys, but it sounds like you should never use bottle brushes on BB's because of scratch risk. Did I do something wrong with the oxyclean? How do I get the rest off with no brushing?

 
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:37 PM   #2
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Make sure to use very warm (not boiling!) water and throw a washcloth inside and shake it around. You probaly only need 2 gallons of water and a half scoop of oxyclean. The washcloth will knock all the junk off.

 
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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I just cleaned mine out today w/ Oxyclean - no residue after only an hour.

Here's my procedure:

- After racking, don't let it sit for an extended time, since you want to clean it while things are still moist.
- Swirl up trub with warm/hot water, dump (or harvest yeast if you want)
- Get out everything you can by swirling and rinsing a couple times
- Add one scoop or so of oxyclean
- Fill with hot tap water, at about 1/3 and 2/3 full, swirl it around a little
- Fill up to above the residue line, preferably close to the neck
- Let it sit at least an hour (residue should disappear)
- Empty / rinse / repeat rinse a couple times
- Turn upside down to drain and air dry

If you have really stubborn residue, some have said they add a small wash cloth or something similar and slosh it around with a gallon or so of hot water. The cloth will wash the gunk off. Just don't put too big of a cloth in or it will be difficult to get out. Do not use a brush or anything abrasive. (I have not needed to do this since Oxy works so well).
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:58 AM   #4
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I've also had success with using bleach 1-2tbls/5gal cool water overnight to get the last stubborn stuff off.

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Old 03-23-2008, 11:22 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hell Brew
Make sure to use very warm (not boiling!) water and throw a washcloth inside and shake it around. You probaly only need 2 gallons of water and a half scoop of oxyclean. The washcloth will knock all the junk off.
That's basically what I do. Simple & effective.

 
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:42 PM   #6
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If the suggestions the others made don't help, switch to PBW. It really does work better. I had some fermentation residuals (in a glass carboy) that wouldn't go away even with repeated soakings in Oxyclean and scrubbing with a brush. I am at a loss to explain why this occurred, as even just water and a brush will normally clean all visible residue. But I gave it an overnight soak in PBW, and it is as clean as new.
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