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Old 01-15-2013, 02:59 AM   #21
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MalFet may I "borrow" your idea and build one with 1/2 inch copper main lines and 3/8 inch tubes for the bottles. Going to be fun project and washing bottles is real PITA. I have nearly 500 filled bottles and more the 250 empty and I acquire more every day. Never have enough bottles. Some I get are from barns and storage garages, the old long necks, thicker heavier bottles. Just last summer I picked up 5 cases of the old "Huber" long neck bottles for $5.00 for the lot. They cleaned up nice after a long soak and a scrubbing with brushes and a scratchy.

Thanks for posting this wonderful idea....

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:27 AM   #22
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Great idea, thanks for sharing. I see another homebrew build in the near future.

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:50 AM   #23
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I need to build one of these things. Great idea.

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:10 PM   #24
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I'm surprised there's not something on the market already, to be honest! Even a mediocre metal fabricator could slap together something a lot more sturdy than this janky thing.
If it were something I'd buy, I'd want one that can handle anything from a 12 oz bottles to 750ml wine bottles or a mix. That would be a design challenge, I think. Have to think on it.
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I like it. Better build of a bottle tree and in a box.

The manifold could be drilled out to accept soft rubber grommets for the stems to fit into. The stems would be snug enough not to leak, they wouldn't snap off and could be removed to lay in the box so it could be used for storage.

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I'm actually building one right now that's made entirely of copper. One stroke of genious I had during my build was I added a male threaded copper adapter on one part so I could put a ball lock corny post on it. That way I can hook up my beer gun and run cleaner/sanitizer through it as well.

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MalFet you sir are a genius, I made a 1 keg at a time washer out of 3/4" PVC that is similar to your bottle washer.

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what about getting the gunk on the rest of the bottle.seems like your system shoots water at the bottom only...maybe drill 1/16" or 3/32" hole towards the bottom so you can put pressured water in the neck area
The mechanism for cleaning isn't really using pressure to dislodge chunks of gunk. Instead, the washer passes large volumes of water over all surfaces of the bottle to dissolve solids and carry them away. A couple of holes near the neck might blast that single spot, but I'm not sure that would actually be worth the loss of water flow across the rest of the surface. Anyway, if neck gunk is a big problem for your bottles, it could be worth exploring.
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I really like this idea. I may try it using funny pipe that is used for drip irrigation and using zip ties to attach to the bottom of the crate. Inserting small vertical tubes would be easy using a hole punch.

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I know pvc has some temperature/chemical leaching. Hot water should use cpvc to prevent it, not sure about the chemical leaching form the cleaners. I think a copper pipe set up would be safer, neat idea.

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