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Oxy Clean?

Post by ginzo » Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:04 am

Does Ixy Clean do a good job of cleaning/sterilizing/xanitizing for homebrew? I would rather not use chlorine and the chemical cleaners offerred on most homebre sites seem awefully expensive. And, I suspect, some of them might just be Oxy gen blech powder with a different label and a higher price tag stuck on the box.

So far, I have been using Oxy Clean to clean everything before I mix it. Since I am just making mostly nuetral spirits, it is difficult to know how well it is working.

I am making a batch of root beer now which is generally unforgiving to bacteria so I guess that will let me know.

What are your experinces with santizing and sterilizing?
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Post by Grayson_Stewart » Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:18 am

I've always just used 3 ounces of clorox per gallon and let it soak for 45 minutes and then rinse well. Never had a problem with any nasties growing.

We use HTH pool chemicals to give a newly installed waterline a sterilization and the Department of Environmental Management never kicked back one of the required water samples afterwards for having any contamination.
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Post by rectifier » Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:36 am

I use soap to clean and sulfites to sterilise. I find throwing in some chopped up bits of a brillo pad with the soap really helps scrub any yeasty residue off the walls fast.
Sulfites are cheap, and you hardly need any to sterilise a carboy - just put in enough to cover the bottom, shake it well, cover it, and let it sit for awhile. Works fdr me.

Pretty much anything you want to use is fine as long as it rinses out well.

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Post by Yttrium » Sat Jul 16, 2005 5:22 pm

Oxyclean is bascilly hydrogen peroxide which you can get a lot cheaper than Oxyclean.
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