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Old 05-29-2011, 05:49 AM   #1
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So I'm new to this whole brewing thing but I'm hooked! My question is when cleaning bottles for reuse what is the easiest way? I'm currently hand washing and I'm slow as can be. Is there a certain detergent to use? I'm just using dawn and following it up with sanitizer but it seems to be taking forever! I have also been drinking so I might be a little slower too.

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Old 05-29-2011, 05:55 AM   #2
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So I'm new to this whole brewing thing but I'm hooked! My question is when cleaning bottles for reuse what is the easiest way? I'm currently hand washing and I'm slow as can be. Is there a certain detergent to use? I'm just using dawn and following it up with sanitizer but it seems to be taking forever! I have also been drinking so I might be a little slower too.
I would say soak the bottles in a proper star san solution for ~2 days, it will soften things up and take off labels. I little scrubby scrub with a brush doesn't hurt either. As you finish each bottle make sure it's rinsed out well in the next day or two after consumption, also maybe doing 10-20 bottles to day will make it seem easier.
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I would say soak the bottles in a proper star san solution for ~2 days, it will soften things up and take off labels. I little scrubby scrub with a brush doesn't hurt either. As you finish each bottle make sure it's rinsed out well in the next day or two after consumption, also maybe doing 10-20 bottles to day will make it seem easier.
My problem is that I don't like waste and it seems that I'm using too much water to get the suds out of the bottle it has taken me 20 minutes to get 8 bottles clean
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:22 AM   #4
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My problem is that I don't like waste and it seems that I'm using too much water to get the suds out of the bottle it has taken me 20 minutes to get 8 bottles clean
Take a bath before you go to bed throw your bottles in the bath water over night lol make sure that you sanitize thoroughly.
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Do a search for this topic, there's a ton of threads on here discussing it.

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Get a bottle tree and a jet bottle washer. You can just sanitize when you get ready to bottle. I use a vinator bottle rinser that works great for sanitizing. This will help with your need to be green.

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I use a $5 orange 5G bucket from home cheapo with a lid. It'll hold 12 bottles upright,& I put in enough PBW solution to cover the bottles by 2" or so. Let'em soak overnight,& the labels & glue slip right off. Including any moldy gunk in the bottom of the bottles. Just in case some weren't rinsed out before hand.
I use a bottle brush & dobie to clean them off real quick inside & out. Then hang'em on my 45 bottle tree. It's the easiest way to clean'em. I've been going through a mountain of bottles we saved up between the 3 of us for some 5 weeks now. Maybe another week,& I'll have enough bottles for 4-5 batches,including my cooper's PET bottles. I've been doing all those bottles without breaking a sweat,or bustin my hump.
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I use a $5 orange 5G bucket from home cheapo with a lid. It'll hold 12 bottles upright,& I put in enough PBW solution to cover the bottles by 2" or so. Let'em soak overnight,& the labels & glue slip right off. Including any moldy gunk in the bottom of the bottles. Just in case some weren't rinsed out before hand.
I use a bottle brush & dobie to clean them off real quick inside & out. Then hang'em on my 45 bottle tree. It's the easiest way to clean'em. I've been going through a mountain of bottles we saved up between the 3 of us for some 5 weeks now. Maybe another week,& I'll have enough bottles for 4-5 batches,including my cooper's PET bottles. I've been doing all those bottles without breaking a sweat,or bustin my hump.
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I'm only six batches into home brewing but I find I was spending too much time on bottles. For the last few batches, I've just rinsed the bottles with hot water as soon as I've drunk from them or poured them into a glass (whether store-bought or my previous batches) and then they sit in my back room until I'm ready to use them. No soap; no brush. When I'm ready to use them, they get a 3-5 minute soak in Iodophor and then get placed on a towel next to my bottling bucket. I haven't had any problems with off tastes, &c.

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:26 AM   #10
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Five people have already said it.

Rinse with tap water the minute you first pour the beer. Then sanitize right before bottling. Voila.

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