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Old 08-08-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Ever lose a batch to infection after bottling and then wash/sanitize the same bottles for a new brew?
Am I playing with fire if I try to reuse previously tainted bottles?
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:45 AM   #2
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As long as you clean and sanitize properly, should be all good.

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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Glass cleans up nicely. It's usually scratched plastic you need to worry about.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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Yeah, the concern with infections is scratches and other places where bugs can hide that sanitizers can't get to. With glass, the odds of such scratches are pretty darn low. As an added precaution, you could always put the bottles through the sanitize cycle on a dishwasher, which would heat sanitize, and as a result cover anything that survived or hid from chemical sanitation.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:56 AM   #5
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Great stuff, thanks guys
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:10 PM   #6
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i've had some really dirty bottles which after i cleaned them put them in the oven on a low setting just to be sure.

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:06 PM   #7
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My recommendation would be to soak the bottles in either oxy clean or PBW over night then rinse thoroughly. When ready to bottle use Star San, do not rinse and do not fear the foam ,just let drip out and bottle. I have been using glass bottles over and over and over again with this process and have never had a bottling infection. Don't forget to sanitize your caps when you bottle
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:18 PM   #8
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Ever lose a batch to infection after bottling and then wash/sanitize the same bottles for a new brew?
Am I playing with fire if I try to reuse previously tainted bottles?
If all 50 or so bottles of a batch got infected it IS NOT your bottles. Either the beer was already infected or it happened when you where transfering to your bottling bucket. I would throw out your tubing and check the spigot on your bottling bucket. The spigot needs to be taken off and cleaned after every bottling.

 
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