I always use a 1:10 bleach solution for glass because it's super cheap, super effective and glass can handle it. It also takes off labels on new bottles - just fill your ale pail with bleach water and soak your bottles in there overnight or longer. Guinness labels came off especially quickly this way. This is great for cleaning because it loosens and dissolves "gunk" that you can then remove with a bottle brush.
I always rinsed outside and inside (a faucet bottle-rinser is a must IMO) with hottest tap water to promote faster drying and to remove chlorine better (it's less soluble in hot water).
Immerse the bottle tree in your bleach mixture too for a few hours, then rinse the tree in hot water. After the first sanitation, I honestly would just rinse it in hot water before use. Just make sure it's dry before hanging bottles on it.
I write all this in the past tense because I may never bottle again now that I've begun kegging. God bless Cornelius, wherever he is.
Last edited by petrolero; 07-22-2008 at 07:32 PM.