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Old 07-04-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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I have been using oxiclean at about 2 tbs per 5 gallons and soaking overnight but I have heard that people are soaking for up to a week, what amount and time are you all using for oxiclean?

I also just picked up some barkeepers friend to clean up some kegs can this be used on carboys? if so which is better oxi or barkeepers?


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I have been using oxiclean at about 2 tbs per 5 gallons and soaking overnight but I have heard that people are soaking for up to a week, what amount and time are you all using for oxiclean?

I also just picked up some barkeepers friend to clean up some kegs can this be used on carboys? if so which is better oxi or barkeepers?
I never used anything but Oxyclean. I don't have time to wait for a week. I let it sit for like an hour and everything seems to come off.


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I never used anything but Oxyclean. I don't have time to wait for a week. I let it sit for like an hour and everything seems to come off.
+1. Unless it's a really bad piece of crud, I can usually get it off with a carboy brush after maybe an hour of oxy soaking.
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A 1 hour soak with Oxiclean has always done the job for me.
If I am not around to rinse the carboy when the hour is up, then a soak of up to 24 hours doesn't seem to do any harm.
I have heard (but do not know if it is true) that extended soaking can cause etching of the glass. I do know that if you soak for 24 hours, it gets difficult to rinse off the residue.
Barkeepers Friend is a mild abrasive, and requires elbow grease to make it work. It's great for removing scorch marks from kettles, but would be very difficult to use in a carboy. Oxiclean also works really well in kegs.

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Overnight soak, unless I get too busy with other things, then they have sat for about a week before I rinse. Doesn't seem to do any harm.
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I usually soak anywhere from overnight to several weeks, depending on how lazy I am. I always use Oxyclean Free, and have found it gets the job done better than the more expensive PBW.

Bottle deposits get cleaned out as quickly as a few hours.
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I'm cheap so instead of oxiclean I use dishwasher detergent. Overnight soak does wonders. Just don't get one with any perfumes in it. I tried oxiclean once and had the exact same results. I soaked my carboy overnight as well with that spendy stuff.
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what dilution rate are all of you using?
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The best soak for a carboy after a long week of fermenting is a long hot soak in the tub with mineral salts and some Mr. Bubble. Put on some Celtic folk music and maybe light some lavender candles.





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The best soak for a carboy after a long week of fermenting is a long hot soak in the tub with mineral salts and some Mr. Bubble. Put on some Celtic folk music and maybe light some lavender candles.





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HAHAHAHAH!!! ROFLMAO!!!!! Yeah, or a nice long soak in a hot tub!!! HAHAHAHA!!! Maybe a massage with a happy ending!!! HAHAHAHA!!!


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