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Old 06-28-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Almost Automated Bottle Sanitizer with pics and video

OK, It seems there are only two options when it came to sanitizing bottles. One was to fill a bucket or tub or sink with sanitizer solution and force each bottle under until all the bubbles stopped then drain the bottle. Or purchase a Vinator and pump sanitizer into each bottle individually. Yeah, yeah .... I know, I could keg my beer but I don't. I like to use bottles.

So, I built a bottle sanitizer that will pump sanitizer up into an inverted bottle and run back out. My final design will alternate only two bottles but that seems to work out really well. I tried using four spouts to do four bottles at a time but my pump was not powerful enough. I cut it back to two and I think that in the time it takes to remove and place the next bottle, the first one has been exposed to the sanitizer adequately enough.

The first real test was last weekend when we bottled 5 gallons. There were three of us so we made an assembly line. One worked the sanitizer pump, one filled the bottles with beer and one capped them. It worked great. But one person could use this also and just have something like a bottle tree to hold the sanitized bottles before filling.

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And here is a video of the AABS in action. It will accomodate all sizes of bottles from 12oz, 22 oz, Grolsch, or 1 liter PETs. I will use it in a Homer bucket which will only require about 2 gallons of sanitizer solution. This video is in a clear tub for a better view. I use Iodophor and I don't know if the foam from StarSan will be a problem or not.

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Here are the parts. I used CPVC 1/2" pipe and fittings and found that a 5/8"OD tubing fit snuggly into the pipe tee of the manifold. The finished size fits into a 5 gal. bucket.



This the pump I used from Harbor Freight for about $25.

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Here it is in a Homer bucket. You only need to mix about 2 gallons of sanitizer solution. Just enough to come up over the pump and the neck of the bottles to sanitize the outside lip.



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Sweet man....lovin it! Would be interesting to see how StarSan would work with that.

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Like it! Doesn't iodophor require 3mins of contact time though?

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My understanding is that Iodophor in an "on contact" sanitizer. Even if you are using a Vinator, you are only getting a few seconds of contact. Then the bottle is inverted on something to drain. Definitely not 3 minutes anyway.

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Simple and effective. I have been using the "batch dunk bucket" method for sanatizing for a long time. $30 and i'm automated. My 4th of July project.

Cheers to you!

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The way we did it at the brewery I worked at was to fill a keg with sanitizer and pressurize it. attach a hose to the keg tap and the other end to a bottle rinser just like you have attached to your sink at home and then your sanitizer is under pressure! Pop the bottle down and couple of squirts and you are in business!

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PS I love this system as well!

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[QUOTE=Nwcw2001;1404741]The way we did it at the brewery I worked at was to fill a keg with sanitizer and pressurize it. attach a hose to the keg tap and the other end to a bottle rinser just like you have attached to your sink at home and then your sanitizer is under pressure! Pop the bottle down and couple of squirts and you are in business!

I was trying to figure out a system like that also but did not have a good way to pressurize a vessel. I thought about hooking the pump to a bottle rinser but figured that a continuous flow back into the bucket would work just as well. I do use a bottle rinser hooked to a faucett for rinsing after washing and before sanitizing. I am still trying to engineer an Almost Automated Bottle Washer also.

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This is great!!!!!!!!!



Though with starsan all that action may make for blinding foam. With my vinator I have to keep dumping the foam out of the top...I can't wait to see what happens with yours...I have a picture in my head of those old washing machine gags with too much soap added, and it filling up a house.

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