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Old 06-02-2012, 04:13 AM   #1
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Newbie brewer here. Have my third batch in the fermenter. I hate bottling so when I decided to get back into brewing after 8 years after my first batch, I started buying brews in bomber bottles from total wine. That cuts down on the volume of bottle. But the issue is how to work with this big size? I haven't seen a bottle tree that can handle this size. I don't really have time to build my own. I want to be able to sanitize and let them drip dry a bit before bottling. I also fear that the dishwasher won't truly sanitize these 22 ouncers since no one seems confident that 12 ouncers get sanitized in there. Any good tips on how to handle?
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:30 AM   #2
May 2012
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I bought a tree at Northern, holds my bombers just fine

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Old 06-02-2012, 04:38 AM   #3
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If you use Star San to sanitize there is no need to let drip dry at all. I don't have and have never used a bottle tree. I always use Star San and bottle into the foam and have never had any offer flavors or issues for what it's worth.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:22 AM   #4
Mar 2012
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My bombers fit the standard bottle tree fine. They also worked in the dishwasher. No issues.

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Old 06-02-2012, 09:42 AM   #5
Feb 2012
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I use a bottle tree with my bombers when I wash and dry them. No problems. When I bottle I spray my dishwasher with star san. Dip my bottles in star San for a min or so and store in he dishwasher. I do this because I bottle over the dishwasher. Easy access to bottles and easy clean up.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:49 AM   #6
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What are these "bomber bottles" of which you speak?? Are they different from regular old 22 oz. bottles?

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Old 06-02-2012, 10:47 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Pezman1 View Post
What are these "bomber bottles" of which you speak?? Are they different from regular old 22 oz. bottles?
a 22oz bottle IS a bomber

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Old 06-02-2012, 02:35 PM   #8
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don't use a tree. I use iodophor. I just rinse, empty, and let sit upright. After about 5 minutes, I just pour out the little bit that has settled at the bottom and fill. No need to get every bit out.

I've never used a tree, but it would just be one extra thing I would have to sanitize.

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