How to clean funky bottles - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > How to clean funky bottles

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-20-2010, 01:39 AM   #1
ChuckCollins
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
Whetsone AZ
Posts: 372
Liked 24 Times on 18 Posts



have been kegging my beer ,but I have a batch I need to bottle,but my
bottles need a serious cleaning any tips on this can I use Star san to soak them?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 01:45 AM   #2
avidhomebrewer
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Posts: 2,553
Liked 24 Times on 23 Posts


I would just throw together a sink full of bleach water, soak them overnight, rinse well, and you are all set.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 01:45 AM   #3
JBrady
 
JBrady's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Panama City, FL, Florida
Posts: 953
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts


Unscented oxyclean works really well for me, for cleaning the inside of the bottle and also for delabeling. I'll usually let them soak for about 24 hours, after that their in pretty good shape. If they have a bunch of nastiness on the inside of the bottle then you should also use a bottle brush to scrub the inside.
__________________
Primary: Empty

Bottled: Janet's Brown, Session Dry Stout, Yellow Fly Cream Ale

Gallons Brewed In 2011-40

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 01:48 AM   #4
Brewham
Recipes 
 
May 2010
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Posts: 262
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts


Star San is a disinfectant and not known as a cleaner. You gotta clean out the crud first. Soak them in a convectional cleaner first.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 01:49 AM   #5
JetSmooth
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1,875
Liked 43 Times on 39 Posts


The only think I would caution about a lengthy soak is particles settling in the bottles and sticking to the sides.

I stripped the labels off about 100 bottles by putting them in the bathtub with oxyclean unscented and peeling/scraping labels off about 10 of them at a time. It took three days. My wife was out of town, so I took my time.

Flash forward to the last batch of beer I bottled. They all looked clean once I rinsed and sanitized. However, some of the glue must've dissolved into the water, which settled on the sides of the bottles on the inside. Once the beer was bottled, I could tell there was "stuff" on the sides of the bottles. Luckily, nothing seemed off or infected. Now, I need to do a second oxyclean soak and maybe get a real bottle washer to spray out the insides.
__________________
http://smokebubbles.wordpress.com - Brewin' and 'Quein' since last Tuesday.

Bottling the Belgian: A Photo Odyssey

Beer is the mind-killer. Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my beer. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. When the beer has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 02:06 AM   #6
RogerMcAllen
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Decatur, IL
Posts: 623
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


I like to just fill them with oxyclean (just fill the bottles, no soaking) and let them set overnight. If any are really bad I just throw them away and set into a mixed 12 pack until I've emptied enough replacements.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 02:10 AM   #7
portalgod
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Washington
Posts: 122

+1 on the unscented oxiclean soak. Works like a charm, both for cleaning and for label removing

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 02:13 AM   #8
maxamuus
 
maxamuus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
Utah
Posts: 868
Liked 66 Times on 54 Posts


Like Jet was saying i only fill the bucket with Oxyclean to the necks. Fill the bottles with Oxyclean so they sit but the water shouldn't be high enough so crap can get into the bottle. This keeps the glue and crud from getting inside the bottle.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 03:06 AM   #9
logan3825
Recipes 
 
Sep 2010
Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,031
Liked 51 Times on 37 Posts


I would chuck them and buy some beer in bottles you can use for bottling. Of course I have a somewhat steady supply of newish bottles and can be a little picky. I don't bother with bottles that have gunk.

Edit: If you must clean them I agree Oxiclean Free is the way to go.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2010, 03:17 AM   #10
smizak
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Buffalo, NY
Posts: 1,828
Liked 112 Times on 82 Posts


For me, hot oxy-clean free soak overnight, then bottle brush in the cordless drill, then bottle washer blast with super hot tap water, dry overnight, then star-san before bottling. Overkill, maybe, but I had some stuck on Apfelwein yeast in some bottles ruin about half a batch of IPA, so no chances taken now. Every bottle before bottling, no exceptions.

Sanitation, sanitation, sanitation....
__________________
"This song goes out to me because I'm so f*ckin' cool!"~John Reis

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Floaties in the bottles...why?? tonymaud Extract Brewing 5 10-27-2008 09:06 PM
Funky smelling IPA carrboropanther Extract Brewing 5 09-24-2008 03:33 AM
Sanitized bottles? grasshopper1917 Extract Brewing 4 08-18-2007 03:24 PM
Never got over 400 bottles in the brewery. JacktheKnife Extract Brewing 11 04-22-2007 03:58 PM
Beer has a funky sweetness Momar Extract Brewing 44 10-21-2005 02:41 PM


Forum Jump