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Old 06-07-2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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Im pretty new to this whole home-brewing thing, and I think I may have made a big mistake. Im getting ready to bottle my first batch today and with out thinking about it I cleaned the bottles out with dish soap.

Will it be ok if I just sanitize them now? Will the dish soap keep the beer from fermenting in the bottle? What can I do?

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Old 06-07-2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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Just rinse the bottles very well, to get rid of any soap residue, before sanitizing them.

I don't use soap on any of my brewing gear, because it's a "head killer" more than anything else, and can leave a taste if not rinsed well. It definitely won't harm the beer though, or keep it from carbonating.


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Old 06-07-2009, 01:51 PM   #3
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Dish soap is a pungent taste. You better rinse them out REALLY well before you proceed.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:58 PM   #4
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I agree, you wanna make sure you clean them out. I usually let them all rest in a sink of hot water with a small scoop of oxyclean. After a bit of time in there I wash them out and let them dry. Before bottling mix up a batch of water and starsan and give each one a good dunk and swirl to sanitize and you are g2g.
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:31 PM   #5
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Youre good. I wash my empties out with dish soap all the time. I figure its the best way to clean my bottles "on the spot".
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:33 PM   #6
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What I do for bottles is after I drink the beer, I give it a quick rinse in soapy water so the yeast doesn't get stuck in the bottle. Then, before I bottle I run all my bottles through the dishwasher with no soap.
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:45 PM   #7
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I use dish soap on all my brewing equipment: pot, auto siphon, hose, fermentor, bottling bucket, bottles. I've never had any problems. This is the first I've heard anyone not recommending it.
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Rinse and you'll be fine.
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:06 PM   #9
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Rinse, rinse and rinse again. Dish soap in bottles ruined my first batch, and I'll never forget it. But after rinsing with hot water, those buggers will be plenty sanitized. You can just fill em up.
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I've never used soap on any of my wine or beer equipment, but it sounds like others have without any problems.

Keep in mind that washing and sanitizing are two different things. To my mind, cleaning will NOT replace sanitizing, hot water or no. The water would have to be nearly boiling to kill the microbes that can ruin beer.

I often don't have to wash my bottles before sanitizing, because I clean them well after using them. A quick rinse if they are dusty, and I'm set to sanitize.


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