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Old 12-12-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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How do you clean and sanitize bottles without a rack?

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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My method is as follows:
Clean them by soaking overnight in PBW/Oxyclean and then rinsing the next day (also helps take the labels off, if necessary).
Sanitize with a vinator and dry them in a bottling tree. Those two items have made my miserable bottling days a whole lot easier.

Without a rack, I'd assume you just let them air dry, but if you're using something like StarSan it doesn't matter if there's a little liquid/bubbles left inside, it's all safe.

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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I don't have a rack. I just either soak the bottles in oxyclean and hot water if they're in need of a deep cleanse then rinse heavily OR just rinse them with hot water if there's nothing gunked on the bottom.

I like to use the jet bottle and carboy rinser for high pressure cleaning.



You can find bottle washers at any brewshop or online. Try to find the ones made by the "jet Bottle and carboy company" of Traverse city, Michigan. Theirs comes with a lifetime warranty, if it breaks send it in and they'll replace it. Mine died after 7 years of use, I mailed it in on a Thursday two weeks ago, and it arrived on black Friday. With a nice note saying they were sorry it broke...

To sanitize you can do the ole dunk and swish method but I find that the vintator is easier and quicker to use.



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Old 12-12-2012, 07:52 PM   #4
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i always run the dishwasher to sanitize it on bottling day, then rinse the bottles with iodophor solution and put them upside down on the clean dishwasher rack to drain until im ready to bottle

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:53 PM   #5
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I soak in hot tap water and oxy clean over night which makes the labels fall off. Then I run them through the dishwasher on the hot cycle, which is hot enough to sanitize the bottles. I let them cool for 30 mins or so right in the dishwasher before I bottle.

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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^ This vinator, along with a bottling tree has made my whole bottling day a breeze, I can't believe I went so long without one......

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also i rinse out the bottles really well with hot water right after drinking them, so i dont really need to clean them other than rinsing unless there is stuff stuck on the bottom

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How do you clean and sanitize bottles without a rack?
I clean mine and let them soak in my tub the night before and use a bottle brush to get all the debris out of the bottles. Hot hot hot water with dish soap. Then I drain and rinse the bottles out very very well. I actually put my bottles in a milk crate upside down that night to drip dry/air dry. Then the day of I make up 2-3 gallons of starsan in a 5 gallon bucket. I will put 5-6 bottles in the bucket(fully submerging them) starsan takes 30 seconds to a minute to do its job. Then I take the bottle straight out if the starsan and empty it back into the bucket and go straight to my bottling wand to fill. Also put your bottle caps in a glass of starsan. This procedure works perfect and you will have no flaws. Starsan is a no rinse product so don't worry if you have some foam in the bottle before filling. It's a tasteless order less product. Cheers and I hope this information has helped you.
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rinse them out and put them in the dishwasher on "sanitize". Let them cool off and fill, never had any problem with that

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I usually already have clean bottles without labels and no crud in the bottom.

They go from a box in the basement to the kitchen.

Soak them in a sink of sanitizer for a few mins.

Take them out, turn upside down to drain, added back to box and then to the brewery to get filled up.

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