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Old 10-21-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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Is it ok to wash bottles through the dishwasher? Obviously I'm going to sanitize them before racking, just curious how some of you guys do it. I'm not kegging currently

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:58 AM   #2
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Rinse them well with hot water shake and flush good(4-5 X) after drinking.When I have enough stacked up over the week I use a bottle brush/baking soda hot water to clean,then drip dry,store covered,then sanitize when I use them again. You can sanitize before storing if it makes you feel better,I havent and have never had a problem because there is nothing for bacteria to grown on basically.Flushing them good < a day after drinking(preferrably after pouring them,or the end of night) is key to cleaning/sanitizing an almost already clean anyway bottle. Pre(rinsing/flushing)- cleaning makes cleaning better. Its kinda how I like to do dishes(when I do them),prerinsing.Makes cleaning way easier. No cake on crusty stuff/mold.

A jet bottle washer is not a bad idea also. I do small batches also so its not a big deal doing 16 bottles compared to 50 I guess. Although now I just recycle my own homebrew bottles when I have them,which is random so I only have to clean less than a dozen a week. Still, I think if you preflush well then when your ready to throw them in the diswasher they would be fine,although I dont think you want to use the washing detergent.

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Old 10-21-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
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I run my flip bottles through the dishwasher every time. I also rinse once I pour a beer so I dont have any built up residue.

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Old 10-21-2012, 03:36 AM   #4
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Yes it's ok. Just do not use soap.

What I do and suggest is running a rinse cycle with no soap before putting your bottles in, to clear any residue. Then put your bottles in run one cycle of rinse no soap. Then run 3 cycles of dry (some have plate warmer setting) to sanitize.

this is all assuming you rinse your bottles well after each use

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Old 10-21-2012, 03:44 AM   #5
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I use dishwasher every time. Just make sure when you take them out that there isn't any yeast still clinging to the bottom. Happens every once in a while, though I think the steam of the dry cycle sterilizes the bottles anyways.

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Old 10-21-2012, 04:16 AM   #6
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Thanks for the great feedback guys!

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