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Old 10-15-2012, 04:55 AM   #1
Oct 2012
Clear Lake, Texas
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How and where do people store their cleaned empty bottles between batches? I've been storing mine inverted in 6 pack carriers in my closet. I suppose if they were upright and just got some dust or dirt in them it isn't a huge deal because they will be washed out when I dunk them in sanitizer.

Eventually I hope to collect some office paper boxes with a lid to prevent dust collection, but in the meantime, any suggestions?

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:42 AM   #2
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When I used to bottle I would store my clean empties upside down in beer bottle cases.

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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I "cap" my bottles with a piece of foil and autoclave them . This way whenever I have 30 min free I can fire up the autoclave and sterilize my bottles/starters whatever, and keep them around for a while.

Come bottle time, remove foil cap and save for reuse. Apply beer and real cap.

My guess is you could do the same with the oven-tek.

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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I keep mine in craft beer 12 pack boxes,since they have folding covers on them. Some with tabs to keep them securely closed. Then stacked up in the corner next to my fermenter stand.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Leaf does it the same way I do, foil cap and all. Well, except that I don't have an autoclave. I do 350 degrees for 90 minutes in the oven and let them cool overnight. Blog post detailing the processes coming soon.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #6
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I store mine in milk crates (which will hold 24-25 bottles) covered with a piece of cardboard cut out to just fit in the crate, resting on the bottles.

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:53 AM   #7
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I used to store upside down in boxes, now they just go into old boxes on the stair well going downstairs. The plus side is they off the cat a bridge to get over the baby gate (he's fat and clumsy)

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:55 AM   #8
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when i bottled i stored them upside down in 24 pk boxes
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:21 PM   #9
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+1 for storage in the milk crates (the container store sells these). I put 25 bottles in upside down to prevent a majority of the dust from getting in them, then I stack them. The other nice thing, is after cleaning, the milk crate allows the liquid out while the botttles are drying too.

I'm a huge fan of the milk crate setup. They are sturdy, hold 25 so basically 2 crates / batch is about perfect, and you can stack them.

I also put my bottles beers back in these for storage as well (just not upside down :-) )

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Old 10-16-2012, 12:42 PM   #10
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After I empty a bottle I rinse it out, give it a spray of Starsan and put it on the bottle tree. When the tree is getting about half full I start my next brew.
When it's time to bottle I look in each one and after a quick hot water rinse and a few pumps on the vinator with starsan I fill and cap them.


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