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Old 08-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Hello,

I had some bottles donated to me and I just got around to getting the labels and glue off (sierra nevada bottles) they feel like they still have some residue on them from the glue.

I was thinking of running them through the dishwasher to a) remove the residue and b) try the disinfecting setting on the dishwasher.

I am pretty sure I'm not to use dish soap and don't plan on it but what about the jet dry rinse agent? Will hat have any effect?

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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To remove the residue, I'd soak them in a strong[ish], hot (tap water hot) PBW solution (about 1.5-2oz per gallon) overnight. Remove one bottle, rinse in the sink and see how it comes out. I've had excellent results getting all kinds of things off of bottles, stainless, etc. with PBW. Next best thing would be scrubbing with some BKF.

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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Agreed. IME, heat + residue = even harder residue. Oxy/PBW will take most label glue right off.

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Really new here what is pbw?

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PBW=Powdered Brewery Wash

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Available from many online HBS' as well as most LHBS'...

One source: Rebel Brewer (1lb container to get you started)... It's really good stuff.

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Thanks again. How about using the dishwasher for the sanitizing? Any issues? What about the jetdry?

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Thanks again. How about using the dishwasher for the sanitizing? Any issues? What about the jetdry?
IF you're going to put the bottles in the dishwasher to 'sanitize' then you don't want to use anything else in there (no detergent, no jetdry, etc.). IMO, it's a waste of resources to do so. Make up some StarSan solution, dunk them a few at a time (filling them inside), let sit for a minute or two, then pour out and put onto a sanitized (sprayed with StarSan solution) bottle tree until you're ready to fill them (that day, or within an hour or so).

I wouldn't trust a dishwasher to do a proper job of sanitizing my bottles (for when I bottle). Since I keg, I bottle either from keg, or tap. I sanitize a few bottles, chill them down, then get the carbonated brew into them. When I was bottling, I would do the process as outlined above. Never had an issue. I've had beer in bottles for over a year that are perfectly fine (higher ABV batches).
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Good advice above. With a dishwasher, it's tough to ensure enough water at a high enough temp hits the inside of each bottle. And I don't think it's long enough for dry heat to kill. So it might be inconsistent.

Given how easy StarSan is, that's how most people roll. And if you get a vinator and bottle tree, sanitizing bottles is ridiculously easy.

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