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Old 06-15-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Ok after I finish a brew I usually rinse out the bottle till it looks visible clean then i store the bottles on my counter. When it comes time to bottle a batch I just rinse the bottles with sanatizer and fill and cap. Usually I use new store bought bottles this was the first time I reused my bottles. Does this sound good or should I rinse the bottle after the use and then soak in cleaner then sanatizer?

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Old 06-15-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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Even though I put recycled bottles in a bucket of PBW to clean'em & slip off the labels,I still think the Vinitor is useful here. I like to thoroughly rinse the bottles under the kitchen faucet to get the trub cleaned out. Then place the vinitor on top of my bottle tree,fill it half way with PBW,& give each one 4 pumps. I store them in boxes till bottling day. Then I put star-san in the vinitor,same MO as before. Good to go all over again.
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I use a cleaner then sanitizer.

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Old 06-15-2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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I'm a little paranoid about little bits of things possibly sticking to the inside of bottles. This is what I do:

After I pour a beer, I give it a good two-three rinses, shaking it up, and checking that the yeast trub is gone. Then I soak the bottle in some Oxyclean. There's no timetable here, I usually wait till I have a bunch of bottles. Then I rinse with my garden hose. It shoots water into the bottle at great speed, knocking out whatever maybe left.

On bottling day I spray Star San.

Alternately, instead of the whole Oxyclean song and dance, sometimes I just squirt some dish soap in the bottle when I rinse it (after pouring a beer) and call it a day until bottling time comes around.

If you have a vinator or one of those sink "bottle cleaning" attachments, you wouldn't have to use a hose.

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Old 06-15-2011, 07:37 PM   #5
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...sometimes I just squirt some dish soap in the bottle when I rinse it (after pouring a beer) and call it a day until bottling time comes around.
dish soap right in the bottle? wouldn't that mess with head retention?
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Typically, the only thing I do differently from OP is to invert the bottle to drip dry and put a little bit of foil (or some sort of cover) over the bottle top once it is dry. I don't want any dust or creepy-crawlies to get into the bottle while I am not using it. You just have to make very sure that you do get all the crud out before you dry it (which always is a good practice, no matter what else you do).

If I am concerned about a bottle (e.g., there is some stubborn sediment), that bottle goes into the "wait until I have some PBW mixed up, so I can do a soak" box.

There is no need to sanitize until right before bottling.

Also, I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, put dish soap into anything that will hold my finished beer.


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dish soap right in the bottle? wouldn't that mess with head retention?
*Shrug* Not sure. I rinse it out really well; I figured it was the same as using any other type of soap. As long as it's rinsed out well it should be okay...I hope. I figured it isn't any different than washing the cups I drink beer out of with dishsoap.

If I'm making a big mistake here that I'm unaware of, please tell me.
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If I'm making a big mistake here that I'm unaware of, please tell me.
well, you're the one drinking beer out of those bottles, so I assume you'd notice if none of them had any head. could be a bigger or smaller issue depending on what style you brew...

hey, if it works, it works. I'm just surprised.
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well, you're the one drinking beer out of those bottles, so I assume you'd notice if none of them had any head. could be a bigger or smaller issue depending on what style you brew...

hey, if it works, it works. I'm just surprised.
Well, I'm new to this. Have only brewed a couple beers so far, so I'm sure there's stuff I still don't know.

I know people use special brewery cleaners for long soaking and equipment, but I guess I never really thought about it in terms of the bottles. You know, I wash all my dishes and cups with it. It rinses off without any smell or residual soap layer.

I guess I better search this.

EDIT: Well, I read a few threads about it. It looks like a lot of people say not to use it, and if you do to rinse really well. And some others say they use it with no problem. Then a few that say it's ruined their beer in the past. As best I can tell, the beer that was ruined probably had to do with the soap not being rinsed out well enough. I dunno, I haven't had any problems, but I'm not going to stand here and recommend it if it's controversial. Stick with Oxyclean.
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I rinse my bottles out really well, put a cap full of bleach in each one, fill up with water, let it sit for 30 mins, then rinse each bottle at least 3 times.

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