Come enter the BrewHardware Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Rinsing bottles with a bleach solution.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-19-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
arover
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Rinsing bottles with a bleach solution.

Right, so I have a batch of recycled bottles I mixed in a bleach (unscented clorox, iirc) solution, just bleach and water. Did this for a few hours, then I had to leave rather quickly, so I took them out to dry, and left them. This was two weeks ago. Didn't rinse them. I have a 2nd batch of bottles that I soaked with oxyclean (rather cheap at costco, btw) for a good while, followed by a good rinse. I plan on bottling my first batch next week (w00t!). Should I soak the living hell out of my bleach cleaned bottles in water before going through the iodophor sanitizing?

And, since I like to combine questions for the sake of efficiency...I'm thinking of going for a fruit wheat for my 3rd batch, is the process any more tedious than a standard mini-mash kit?

Thanks HBT, as always.

__________________
arover is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-19-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
allanmac00
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 147
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Definitely rinse the hell out of them. Then ditch the bleach and get a bottle scrubber and a jet bottle washer. Best invetment I ever made.

__________________
allanmac00 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-19-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
arover
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have my scrubber already, I just get too lazy at times to use it. I'm going to use all the oxyclean rinsed bottles before getting into my bleached bottles I guess. Stuff wreaks of chlorine.

__________________
arover is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-19-2009, 11:41 PM   #4
barely
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Brunswick, ME, USA
Posts: 88
Default

The act of sanitizing with iodophor should effectively rinse any bleach from the bottles. Here's something you can try: fill one of your bleached bottles about 1/2 full of water and shake, then taste. If there's no chlorine flavor or scent from that, then a quick go-round with iodophor or starsan will be more than enough.

__________________
How can I know what my favorite beer is if I haven't druck them all yet?
barely is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-19-2009, 11:43 PM   #5
arover
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Not a bad idea. I think I'm going to try that. Thanks =)

__________________
arover is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-19-2009, 11:47 PM   #6
boo boo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Hearts's Delight, Newfoundland
Posts: 4,171
Liked 30 Times on 26 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I use bleach as a pre soak for all my bottles prior to sanitizing them with star-san. I rinse them off with hot water with my jet sprayer before sanitizing them.

__________________

How do you BBQ an elephant....first you get your elephant....

boo boo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-19-2009, 11:59 PM   #7
arover
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Yeah, it was all I had around the house for my cleaning after finding some bottles that day. My hands wreaked of chlorine for days...but it got the job done. Labels came off, eventually :P

__________________
arover is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2009, 04:40 AM   #8
Figbash
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 218
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Bleach is a hassle.

Blast them out with a jet bottle washer, add a squirt or two of Star San from a spray bottle and hang them on a bottle tree, no rinsing required. Once you get into the habit of rinsing after you open them they'll clean up easily and bottling won't be as much of a chore.

Tom

__________________
Figbash is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2009, 06:36 PM   #9
HSM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: McMurray, PA
Posts: 477
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I don't bottle anymore but when I did I only used beach to clean and sanitize.

After a soak, into the dishwasher, no detergent and the heat dry cycle. Cozy up a chair next to the dishwasher and put the bottle bucket on the counter and pull bottles direct from the dishwasher and fill/cap.

I've never had an infection and bottled beer for 10 years this way. The dishwasher makes a great bottle tree and does the rinsing for you!

__________________
HSM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2009, 11:29 PM   #10
malkore
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 34 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

also, when the bottles get consumed, rinse them thoroughly at that time. Clean IMMEDIATELY after draining, and then you need only sanitize prior to refilling.

don't even need a real cleanser...hot water should get all the solids out of the bottle.

__________________
Malkore
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10
malkore is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My fermenter drank the bleach solution???!!! laz Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 16 07-17-2009 06:21 PM
question about rinsing off bleach Jakobrau Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 04-04-2008 09:49 PM
Bleach Solution Slipped Into Wort!! Hucko Equipment/Sanitation 7 03-26-2008 05:40 AM
Rinsing bottles after sanitation BrooZer General Beer Discussion 11 02-01-2007 05:39 PM
Rinsing bottles with tap water puravida286 Bottling/Kegging 10 09-11-2006 09:17 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS