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Old 03-17-2012, 03:09 PM   #11
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Awesome video, thanks Revvy.

I don't have a LHBS nearby so I'll just put one of those jet washers in my next online order. I'll be sure to Oxyclean these bottles overnight then. Thanks for the advice, everyone!

 
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:08 PM   #12
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I have the jet spray washer. It works great. I rarely soak the bottles and I use the bottle brush for those bottles that have a yeast ring. Also I bought the sink hookups for portable dish washers. I use it to quickly attach my jet spray washer to the sink faucet. I bought it at Home Depot. It works great.

 
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:38 PM   #13
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One other thing about the jet spray washer, they last a long time. Mine is 15 years old. It was the first accessory I bought after I bought my original kit.

 
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:51 PM   #14
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I pile all my bottles in a 35 gallon trash can. When I get about a foot from the top, I mix up some oxyclean solution, 1/4th scoop per 5 gallons HOT water, and soak 3-6 hours. Any labels that don't come right off get scraped off with an old credit card and scrubbed with a green scrubby. Then I have an RV hose hooked up directly to my hot water heater with a jet bottle/carboy washer on the end. I rinse the inside thoroughly and set in the dish washer. Then I run the dish washer with no detergent using sanitize mode. I store the bottles in boxes and right before I bottle I rinse them with either an iodopher or GSE solution.

P.S. forgot to mention that I rinse over another garbage can (I work in the garage) and both garbage cans of water get dumped in the garden.

 
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:51 PM   #15
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Just try not to use soaps or dishwasher detergent as they can leave thin layers of residue that can cause low head formation. Oxyclean and a bottle jet work wonders. Like revvy if rinsed after use, only the bottle jet is needed.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:53 PM   #16
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Also try and pick up a vinator sanitizer for bottling day.. cuts bottling time in half vs soaking in sanitizer.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:46 PM   #17
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Thanks for the tips It's good to hear how everyone else does it.

 
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:00 PM   #18
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One more thing. I use a knitting needle to dislodge any citrus wedges someone might have left in a bottle.

 
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