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GeorgiaTiger 12-11-2012 09:16 PM

Bottle question...
I know im bombarding the forum with quetions, but Im like a sponge and learn byy asking - My SIL works as a bartender and has access to ALL of the used and discarded bottles that she can carry out. Will these work for bottling? How would I go about cleaning them if so?

Yooper 12-11-2012 09:18 PM

You want the "pry off" bottles, and not the screw top bottles. Sam Adams bottles are great, as are a few others. Brown bottles are preferred, unless you can keep them in the dark all of the time.

They are easy to clean- a soak overnight in oxyclean, and then remove the labels if you want. A bottle brush can work inside to get all of the residue off, and then a clean water rinse and that's it!

GeorgiaTiger 12-11-2012 09:21 PM

OK, Ill let her know to get the pry off bottles and no screw tops.

unionrdr 12-11-2012 09:27 PM

I also use a dobie to clean the sofened glue funk,etc off the outside. Although I soak'em in a PBW solution overnight to loosen gunk & labels.

duboman 12-11-2012 09:46 PM

If you are somewhat anal like I am then you can have them save all the same bottles of what they go through the most and as Yooper pointed out, brown and pry off only. I find that when all bottles are identical it makes bottling super easy, especially if you use a bench capper as you do not need to re-adjust the height of the capper.

+1 to soaking in OXY, using a bottle brush and easy removal of the labels.

menerdari 12-11-2012 09:52 PM

A jet type bottle washer is real handy, this is the one I use,

rklinck 12-11-2012 09:54 PM

I found that Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and Fat Tire bottles are really nice. I soaked them in PBW mixture overnight, and the labels had come off on their own. I did did not have to do any scrubbing, just rubbed the minimal remaining residue off with my thumb as I rinsed the bottles.

Revvy 12-11-2012 10:03 PM

And don't neglect the champagne/sparkling wine bottles either, most of cap with a standard bottle cap/capper, or with the 29mm eurocap and a replacement bell. You'll find those are invaluable if you get into brewing Belgian beers, and carbonated ciders. Or just putting your regular beer in them as gifts.

DrunkleJon 12-11-2012 10:07 PM

Be sure to sanitize on bottling day. Soak in Starsan/Idophor or run through the sanatize cycle on your dishwasher (no rinse aid like jetdry for head retention). Then bottle and cap and store for carbonation/conditioning. Then enjoy.

rklinck 12-11-2012 10:08 PM

Revvy -- my wife drinks champagne so we have bottles around frequently. Will I be able to cap them with my handheld bottle capper or will I need a bench capper?

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