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Old 03-17-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default First-time cleaning of commercial beer bottles

So I'm getting ready for bottling my first 5-gallon batch, and it'll be my first time using glass bottles (used PET bottles in the past).

I am planning on cleaning some Sam Adams bottles to use for the first time. I don't have a bottle brush (as recommended in John Palmer's book) to clean the inside of the bottles. My plan is to thoroughly rinse them, then stick them all in the dishwasher with some regular dishwashing detergent to zap them clean. And before bottling, I'll soak them for a few minutes in sanitizer.

Will this be OK?

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I find a soak in hot water with a shot of oxyclean to be the easiest way to clean bottles. Rinse thoroughly before sanitizing.

I use a cheap 5 gallon bucket to do a 12 pack at a time but whatever will hold the water and bottles will work just fine.

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+ Hot water + Overnight Soak +

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the dishwasher likely does little for cleaning the inside of the bottles...I did this a few times years ago and finally concluded loading and unloading the dishwasher was a waste of energy IMO...

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Color me stupid, what the heck is that on the right? Something to rinse the bottles with after soaking?
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Yes it looks like it is something to rinse with. I've been debating the purchase. They have some slick working ones at my local brew shop.

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Exactly it's called a jet bottle/carboy rinser. Basically it's a high pressure attacment for your sink. In fact unless my bottles have mold or thing sediment in there because I didn't just rinse them out immediately, usually i don't even bother with the oxyclean any more and just do a hot water rinse on the bottles.

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An overnight soak in Oxyclean will loosen the labels and all the crud inside the bottles. A good rinse should be good enough hold up each bottle to a light to be sure.

Invest in the jet washer, a Vinator and Starsan, it will make your bottling experience much better.

BTW you will probably need a thread adapter for your kitchen faucet for the jet washer.

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I use the same exact setup as revvy. That's all you need really. I have a brush but never need to use it.

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