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powaya 01-18-2007 01:43 PM

Cleaning/sanitizing bottles
 
I've been saving glass bottles and will soon use them for my next batch. I only rinsed them out with H20 so far. What should I do before bottling? Any step before sanitizing?

Pumbaa 01-18-2007 02:08 PM

The day you brew, just to be certain they are clean throw them into a bath of oxyclean and make sure you cant see any stuff in them, then sanatize and you'll be ok

cweston 01-18-2007 02:18 PM

Here's my procedure:

1. As soon as I pour the beer out, I rinse the bottle out under the tap.

2. When 24 or mnore have accumulated near the laundry room sink, I rinse them with a bottle washer and place them upside-down in a beer case.

3. On bottling day, they go straight from the case to the sanitizer solution.

Craig5_12 01-18-2007 08:13 PM

I use the same procedure. I use iodine to sanitize, enough to make the water a little EDIT: LIGHTER than apple juice.

Grüner Brauer 01-18-2007 11:53 PM

How soon after the iodophor soak do you bottle?

Craig5_12 01-19-2007 05:32 AM

After the soak I turn the bottles upside down in the case with some paper towels under it. Once I've pulled the fermentor out and have it ready I start to siphon and bottle. I'd guess it's about 10 minutes for some of the bottles and 1/2 hour for others. As long as the iodine isn't too strong you shouldn't notice if the bottles haven't dried out all the way.

Bills Brew 01-19-2007 02:59 PM

I used to soak, but that took too long. Now I use a Sanitizer Injetctor from Morebeer. I can sanitize two cases in about 10 minutes and am ready to bottle.

butler1850 01-19-2007 03:50 PM

I clean them as I empty them, then store.

On bottling day, I fill up the dishwasher, and set to nuclear hot. (Sanitizing rinse/hot wash). Fill as usual.

The dishwasher takes a while to get it done, but it's set it & forget it on the morning of a brewsession.

homebrewer_99 01-19-2007 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bills Brew
I used to soak, but that took too long. Now I use a Sanitizer Injetctor from Morebeer. I can sanitize two cases in about 10 minutes and am ready to bottle.

I do the same. I figure a 2 minute contact was the same as allowing it to drip dry on a rack...after 20 mins there's still some solution on it anyway. I also pre-spray my tree -- from the top to the bottom so it's sanitized also.:D

Craig5_12 01-19-2007 05:19 PM

Hmmmm.....Sanitizer Injector huh.....I'm gonna have to look into that..........thanks!


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