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Old 01-06-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default Bottle washing: by hand or dishwasher?

Working on 4th brew and have always washed beer bottles by hand then sanitized them. I now have access to a really good dishwasher and my bottles are pretty dirty.
Would a pre-wash with a dishwasher be wise? I have heard that they are usually filled with bacteria. This one gets very hot at the end to dry things out.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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If the bottles are dirty inside I would recommend washing them internally by hand. This is mostly due to the fact that it's hard for water to act as an abrasive within a dishwasher when the bottle holes are so small. Plus, the dirty residue wont just fly out with some hot water and high temperatures. My suggestion would be to hand wash them with a bottle-cleaning brush + sanitization solution and THEN - if your dishwasher's sanitation cycle is hot enough - place them in the dishwasher.

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Something else to try - When I pour a beer, I immediately rinse the bottle out with tap water and let it dry. That way, I never ever have to wash them. I just sanitize 'em right as I sit down to bottle.

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If the bottles are dirty inside I would recommend washing them internally by hand. This is mostly due to the fact that it's hard for water to act as an abrasive within a dishwasher when the bottle holes are so small. Plus, the dirty residue wont just fly out with some hot water and high temperatures. My suggestion would be to hand wash them with a bottle-cleaning brush + sanitization solution and THEN - if your dishwasher's sanitation cycle is hot enough - place them in the dishwasher.

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If there's gunk in the bottom of the bottles, that probably won't come out in the dishwasher. Give em a good rinse/scrub with hot water, then once the insides are clean, use the dishwasher to sanitize. I've done it many times, though now I've got a vinator, which I find faster than a dishwasher.

If you've got mold in the bottles, I've found that filling them part way with boiling water, letting them sit for a few minutes, then putting my thumb over the opening and shaking does a pretty good job at dislodging it.
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Thanks Guys. That is kind of what I thought.
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Something else to try - When I pour a beer, I immediately rinse the bottle out with tap water and let it dry. That way, I never ever have to wash them. I just sanitize 'em right as I sit down to bottle.
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Also, if there is any gunk stuck in the bottle after a cycle in the dishwasher the drying heat will tend to "bake it on" if you will. You will end up scrubbing them anyways.
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Something else to try - When I pour a beer, I immediately rinse the bottle out with tap water and let it dry. That way, I never ever have to wash them. I just sanitize 'em right as I sit down to bottle.
+1 I rinse well right after pouring, then straight into storage to dry. Bottling day we just rinse again, StarSan and fill.
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I only use the Sanitize setting for my dishwasher just before bottling. I never put them through a complete cycle.

I also subscribe to the practice of thoroughly rinsing my bottles before storing between bottling sessions. Another quick rinse and run through the dishwasher and I am good to go.

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Like Jon and others have said, just get into the habit of rinsing them with water really good. I like to do mine before I go to bed. Never any worries that way. Couple of hot water swishes to make sure all the sediment and yeast is removed and you're good to go. Much easier than trying to clean them after the fact (and very little future contamination worrries).

I finally got a vinator for Christmas, so when I bottle tomorrow sanitizing will be a snap. Just invert the bottle, push down to spary the inside with star san. Put on the bottling tree and done.

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That's why I think the vinator is really worth every penny. So quick & easy on bottling day. I've been doing 5 pumps per bottle,& it even disslodges small particles I may've missed. If you don't have one,get one with the bottling tree it fits on. It saves time & effort. Now I just need the faucet adapter for my spray wand (for cleaning my FV's),& the bottle blaster & I'm set.
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