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Old 05-02-2013, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default Need a bottle brush suggestion

A little over a week ago I bottled my first hard cider. The yeast used was Red Star premier cuvee. I primed it with some more apple juice at bottling time and the bottles I've opened so far were nice and sparkly.

One problem - the yeast stick like crazy to the inside of the bottle! They don't rinse out nicely like the ale yeast I've used when making beer. To make matters worse, the cheap white bottle brush that came with my brewer's kit doesn't really clean the bottom of the bottle all that well. When I check the online brewing stores they all have this same brush.

Anybody had a similar problem and can recommend a brush or a better solution?

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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I use my brush in my drill it works great

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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I bought one of these awhile back. Similar to the carboy/keg cleaner in design, and those work amazingly well at getting gunk off.

http://homebrewsupplies.ca/product/2...-bottle-brush/

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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Give the bottle a quick rinse immediately after it is empty. Leave some water in the bottom and let it soak while you enjoy your cider. When you have time give it a good spray and rinse with this, http://www.midwestsupplies.com/jet-bottle-washer.html If it is still difficult to remove, try a drop or two of dish soap with the water in the bottle for the soak.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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I recently let a carboy sit for two days after racking a cider. I sprayed out what I could, added a little PBW cleaner, filled it with water and let it sit for a few hours. All the gunk was taken care of and I just rinsed well and sanitized with Star San. Awesome products and well worth the money.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:29 PM   #6
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As hot of eater as you can get, and dishwasher detergent. Think about your dishes. They could sit in your dishwasher for a couple days. Food dries. That stuff is awesome!!!!!

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Old 05-02-2013, 05:42 PM   #7
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I use my brush in my drill it works great
Yup, snip the wire fingerloop off and stick the metal shaft in the drill chuck. Works great! Recommendation, use a cordless drill.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:33 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! I'll have to look into that special brush and the PBW cleaner.

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Old 05-04-2013, 04:11 AM   #9
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Yup, snip the wire fingerloop off and stick the metal shaft in the drill chuck. Works great! Recommendation, use a cordless drill.
Yup that and rinsing out the bottles after they are poured makes it easy, it's a cordless bottle scrubber.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:43 PM   #10
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Buy a brush for babies feeding bottles their cheap and come in different sizes,bendy too

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