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Old 01-17-2010, 06:53 AM   #1
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Default Who likes using a bottle tree?

I'm going to be bottling my first batch soon. And it is becoming apparent that drying bottles after cleaning is not a quick process.

Any tips?

Should I buy a bottle tree? I can pick up an 80 bottle one for $25 but they look a little flimsy to me. Willing to get one if it's worth it but would rather not waste money on something that is just going to be in the way.

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Old 01-17-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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Try the top rack of your dishwasher.

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Old 01-17-2010, 06:58 AM   #3
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If you're a DIY kinda person, this is way cool and way cheaper as well (fixes the flimsy problem): http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-...w-pics-105614/

Personally, I don't really dry my bottles. I use a vinator and since StarSan is no-rinse they shouldn't be allowed to dry. Sanitize about a case at a time then bottle. Repeat.

Edit: Yeah, I used the dishwasher for a while, just be sure to sanitize the rack with a spray bottle or something. Then again, I do sanitize just about everything in my house before I brew .

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Old 01-17-2010, 06:59 AM   #4
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That's genius! Unfortunately I don't have a dishwasher.

Maybe I could use the dish drying rack, but it'll be hard to stand them up.

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Old 01-17-2010, 07:06 AM   #5
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I just got a bottle tree an its quite useful, I had done 1 batch using the dishwasher rack and it worked OK but having a tree is nice and easy to move around. I dont use a no rinse sanitizer so I'm kind of trying my luck when I bottle however. If you have something like a vinator, that seems to be the way to go as you dont have to rinse etc and can use them right away without much effort...

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Have one, love it.

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I use the bottle tree, vinator, & Start San combo. Best money I ever spent.

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I use the bottle tree, vinator, & Start San combo. Best money I ever spent.
Absolutly!!!!!
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #9
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I got a bottle tree and vinator as a part of a craigslist haul and I sold it off because I mostly keg. Doh! Seriously, it was awesome and wort having around even if you only bottle occasionally. I don't wait for the starsan to dry though. Dump and fill.

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I got one for the holidays, and really like it.

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