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Old 08-24-2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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Hey guys - do you use a bottle brush? Or maybe a bottle washer instead? If you do use a bottle brush, do you do so w/ plain water or sanitizer?

I'm getting ready to bottle my first batch. Any other bottle cleaning tips?

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Old 08-24-2008, 09:12 PM   #2
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I usually don't use one. If theres crap in the bottom I just soak them in oxyclean for a while. Everything just comes out. Then rinse really well.

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I don't use any brushes...I clean everything with oxyclean which does the scrubbing for me and then I rinse with a jet bottle washer.

And as for cleaning tips, there's a ton of info on here, you'll find it if you use the search function....if you want to know how much we all like oxyclean...this is what search will net you...same with sanitizers.

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I think there's folks in here that love Oxyclean so much they'd put it in their coffee

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I think there's folks in here that love Oxyclean so much they'd put it in their coffee
It cleans out my insides you know? Actually, my crap isn't even brown, it's like a hospital white now, and cleans the toilet.
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I'm sure you'll get various opinions on this.

I only use the brush on visible stains.
I always rinse bottles immediately after pouring, so I don't get many.

Soak in warm Oxyclean Free or household bleach (1 tblsp per gallon).
Rinse *thoroughly*. A jet washer can't be beat for this.

Check for stains, if found go to work with the brush.
A slurry of sand and water works, too.
Send brushed bottles back to the Oxyclean.

When all visible debris is gone, spray with a no-rinse sanitizer.
A Vinator is easiest, or fill from your bottling bucket.
There are 2 camps for no-rinse: Star San and Iodophor.
I use Star San.

There's also a sticky at the top of the Equipment/Sanitation forum:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=43688

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ok cool I'll check out oxyclean. I searched for "bottle brush" and didn't see much. Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

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oh hey - I was going to run the bottles through the dishwasher without detergent. I've read that the heating/drying cycle sterilizes the bottles. Good or bad idea?

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I don't use any brushes...I clean everything with oxyclean which does the scrubbing for me and then I rinse with a jet bottle washer.

And as for cleaning tips, there's a ton of info on here, you'll find it if you use the search function....if you want to know how much we all like oxyclean...this is what search will net you...same with sanitizers.

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Some swear by the dishwasher, but I have my doubts.
Nothing is ever sterile, unless it's been in a autoclave.
Homebrewers shoot for 'sanitized'.

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