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Old 01-18-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-18-2007, 02:08 PM   #2
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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

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Old 01-18-2007, 02:18 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 01-18-2007, 08:13 PM   #4
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I use the same procedure. I use iodine to sanitize, enough to make the water a little EDIT: LIGHTER than apple juice.

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Old 01-18-2007, 11:53 PM   #5
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How soon after the iodophor soak do you bottle?

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Old 01-19-2007, 05:32 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 01-19-2007, 02:59 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 01-19-2007, 03:50 PM   #8
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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.

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Old 01-19-2007, 04:10 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:19 PM   #10
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Hmmmm.....Sanitizer Injector huh.....I'm gonna have to look into that..........thanks!

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