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Old 02-03-2006, 04:00 PM   #1
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When I bought my kit it came with 23 grolsch 16 oz bottles. They smell clean, but look like some of them are used. Can I just wash them with dish soap? Or should I use a one step sanitizer and cleanser? Also, after they are clean do they need to be completley dry or do you just wash em, rinse in tap water and fill?

Do you guys like the Grolsch bottles? I'm going to need I think 40 total for 5 gallons. Or would I be better off just picking up a case of longnecks?

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Old 02-03-2006, 04:04 PM   #2
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With any used bottle, wash them hard with warm water and soap and a good bottle brush, and rinse them well. Before you bottle, use a one step no rinse sanitizer, and you should be fine. After consuming, if you give the bottles a good rinse, they should be easy to clean the next time around.

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One more point-if you are going to store them after washing and before using, I would recommend storing them upside down to prevent dust or any other contaminate from drifting in. I normally ine my bottle box with paper towels sprayed with sanitizer, and slide the bottles in upside down. On bottle day, I just need to sanitize.

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Old 02-03-2006, 04:06 PM   #4
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Default grolsch bottles rule!

i love grolsch bottles! the problem is i dont like grolsh beer, so i only have one. i cant get myself to buy bottles...just clean them like you would anything, soak em in hot soapy water, then rinse really well. i dont sanitize my bottles but i think most people do. as long as they dont have any visible signs of mold or other crud, you should be fine, you can sanitize them if you want with a weak iodophore solution, and let them air dry.

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Old 02-03-2006, 04:08 PM   #5
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and.. I think we all LOVE the flip-top bottles. No messing around with caps.

40 of them is perfect for a 5 gallon batch. I usually use a mixture of those flip-tops, some more flip-tops twice the size, and a case or so of regular old 12oz longnecks.

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Based on your other posts, I'm curious as to where you bought your kit from? You have no proper bottling bucket and 23 bottles (instead of 24.. weird). The kit doesn't seem to be very user friendly (especially for a beginner.)

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Not bottling much anymore with the keg setups but I love these bottles for saved yeast as well.

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I bought it used on ebay. I ended up spending $81.00 including shipping. It came with ingredients for a 5 gal. batch and the 23 16oz grolsch bottles. It also came with a bunch of accessories like a thermometer, airlock, hoses bottle caps and a nice capper.

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I have a starSan mix in a spray bottle that works out great. Just spray up into the bottle and let it set upside down on a sanitized cloth right be fore bottling (couple minutes is fine). It is too easy not to do it. When I was using a bucket of sanitizer and immersing the bottles, I did skip it a little and just use hot water.

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I bought it used on ebay. I ended up spending $81.00 including shipping. It came with ingredients for a 5 gal. batch and the 23 16oz grolsch bottles. It also came with a bunch of accessories like a thermometer, airlock, hoses bottle caps and a nice capper.
Ahh... that explains it. Don't worry, though... you didn't get ripped off, but you didn't exactly get a 'complete' starter kit.

The carboy (5 gallon glass bottle) is worth at least $20.
The bottles are worth about $40.
The 5 gallon beer kit is probaby worth about $25.
The capper is another $10.
The bucket is worth probably $10 to $15.
Another $15 or so for the rest of the misc stuff.

Definately a pretty good deal, but you are missing a few things that will make your life easier (like the bottling bucket and some kind of siphon-starting device.)

I'd read through the beginner section of www.howtobrew.com carefully to get an idea of what else you might want/need to buy.

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Ok, I'll do some research. I sure am getting thirsty tho'.

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