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Old 02-05-2009, 07:18 PM   #11
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:10 PM   #12
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That's why it is important to clean your bottles right after you drink the beer.
I totally agree- However, I don't drink 12 beers as quick as you do apparently... I'd add a drain plug so you can pre-wash/sanitize easy without having to tip it over.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:41 PM   #13
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Thats tight like an ugly 8th grader!

I have to make myself one

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Old 07-04-2009, 06:00 AM   #14
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wow Brainy!
this is exactly what I've been pondering, to a Tee! well done.
I also considered several variants of rotating sprinklers like oil tankers use
to clean sludge from tanks. They use high pressure steam though.
I am really wondering whether copper is hard enough to scratch glass?
anyway, you get 5 starts from me good job!

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Old 07-04-2009, 12:01 PM   #15
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What about replacing the copper with pvc tubing and using garden sprinklers for the jets in the bottles?

Should be a lot cheaper than copper and no need to beat the copper into submission. Also no soldering. I would also include a drain plug.

Big up for this idea, its gone straight onto my todo list.

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Old 07-04-2009, 04:32 PM   #16
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brainy77: "That's why it is important to clean your bottles right after you drink the beer."

This has been the secret to making my bottle cleaning / sanitizing easy. When the beer is poured, the bottle is rinsed. Right then. All that's necessary beyond that is your favorite sanitizing method. I do a duplex version- hit the inside of the bottles with Star San, sprayed with a vinator ("sulfiter") pump, then a trip through the dishwaher. No worries.

In the unlikely event a bottle has slipped by the rinsing proces and is full of mold & gunk.....it's just discarded, since I use all commercial nonreturnables anyhow.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:55 PM   #17
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Seems like a lot of effort and expense to go through simply to rinse out some bottles. I just put the bottles in a big plastic tub with a half-gallon of ammonia and some Dawn dishwashing detergent and let soak overnight. Then pull them out, dump the contents and blast them with a faucet mounted Jet Washer. A couple of squirts of Star San using a vinator thingy and onto the bottle tree to drain. Most bottles require nothing more, but occasionally a bottle will have some label glue residue remaining which is easily removed with a scrubbing pad. When recycling my current stock of bottles, there are no labels to deal with and I rinse them well as soon as they are emptied. I have an extensive kegging system, but I still bottle some of my beer. I'm one of the few who actually enjoys the bottling process. I like sharing bottles with friends and it makes it easy to take some to get togethers.

Yes, absolutely rinse the bottles several times right after you empty them and the rest is a breeze.

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Old 07-06-2009, 07:53 PM   #18
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brainy77: "That's why it is important to clean your bottles right after you drink the beer."

This has been the secret to making my bottle cleaning / sanitizing easy. When the beer is poured, the bottle is rinsed. Right then. All that's necessary beyond that is your favorite sanitizing method. I do a duplex version- hit the inside of the bottles with Star San, sprayed with a vinator ("sulfiter") pump, then a trip through the dishwaher. No worries.

In the unlikely event a bottle has slipped by the rinsing proces and is full of mold & gunk.....it's just discarded, since I use all commercial nonreturnables anyhow.
I just rinse right after the pour, and then leave the bottle filled to the top with water until I collect a dozen or so, then I soak them in some hot oxiclean solution, hit them with a bottle brush, and then allow to dry upside down (dishwasher rack, or on a towel if the dishwasher is occupied) Once dry I foil cap them for storage, and on bottling day I quickly sanitize them before filling.

Foil capping them after they are clean ensures no dust or other crap will get into them so I don't feel the need to rinse them before sanitizing on bottling day.

Cool setup, just seems kind of elaborate when you can just rinse em right away.
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ok,
I live in water restricted So Calif so I am liking your pump recirculating idea.
Does anyone know whether doubling the original test pump size to 1000 GPH
would be sufficient?
While the idea of a bottle launcher sounds fun, I am sure someone would lose an eye
and blame homebrew!

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If you wanted to protect the bottles from being scratched by the copper you could put some heat shrink tubing on the pipes. Pretty cheap and would work great.

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