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Old 10-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #11
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3. Run the bottles through the sanitize option on my dishwasher.
Wouldn't this kill any mold in the bottles? While I wouldn't risk serving them at the wedding, they might be okay for personal consumption if the dishwasher kills the mold.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:19 PM   #12
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So lemme make my process clear again:

1.Soak in PBW for 20 minutes. Rinse with hot water
2. Dunk in starsan, let sit for a couple minutes. Pour out.
3. Place bottles, bottoms up, in the dishwasher and run the dishwasher on sanitize.
4. Spray with starsan as I'm bottling.
These 4 steps take place the day before bottling. Sanitize caps as well.


I rinse, with hot water, all of my bottles immediately after consumption. This hasn't caused and problems for me.

The moldy bottles come from two things:
1. They are bottles that I had stashed aside in the garage for 4 months. Some of these bottles probably were not rinsed after they were opened. I wasn't doing that when I started brewing.
2. I bought some from a friend because I needed more bottles for the wedding.

The bottles that don't have mold, are they good to drink?

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And I mean they don't visually have mold.

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:21 PM   #14
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"Wouldn't this kill any mold in the bottles?"

Yea it's dead, but most people really don't want to drink chunks in their beer.. soup maybe, but there isn't a market for chunky beer.

Harry your method is fine as you are doing it prior to bottling. It's just remember to visually inspect if you have doubts. Pull any that need it out for extra cleaning. Also consider if you haven't already doing like 60 bottles for a 5 gallon batch. That should leave you about 5-6 bottles to plug in if something sneeks through all that washing.
Consider using a flashlight or hold bottles up to a bright light when preping too. Crud will show up in bright light. Think of it as "candeling eggs", cause even sanitized crud is still crud.

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