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Old 11-19-2012, 03:39 AM   #1
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So I got a kit and am ready to bottle tomorrow or Tuesday. The kit didn't come with a bottle brush. Anyone know if there is something at Wally World or Home Depot that will do? I don't have a supply store locally and only shipping will take too long! Ideas?

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:41 AM   #3
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Why do you need a bottle brush, are your bottles especially funky inside? If they are clean bottles there's no need at all to scrub the insides, just sanitize and bottle.

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:47 AM   #4
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If the bottles are new, then just sanitize them. If they have nasty stuff in them, give them a good soak in either PBW or the oxifree. I use PBW over the oxi products for several reasons not the least of which how easily it rinses off. Plus it really goes to town on anything we might need removed.

I have been using the bottling brush to give my flasks a quick scrub (inside) while they're full of PBW solution. Makes it really easy to remove whatever is left behind that way.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:29 AM   #5
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really small toilet brush??

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:50 AM   #6
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As has been stated, you really shouldn't need one... However, if you really want one, check the baby section at Wal-Mart. They should have a brush meant for baby bottles that might work.

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Old 11-19-2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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I was gunna say the same thing. Baby bottle brush. Just get a long handled one.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:08 PM   #8
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As has been stated, you really shouldn't need one... However, if you really want one, check the baby section at Wal-Mart. They should have a brush meant for baby bottles that might work.
Great suggestion! I knew someone would have an idea. The reason I need one is because my buddy gave me a bunch of bottles that he had ready for recycling. Been sitting there for weeks or months likely with a little beer left in the bottom. I want to make sure there is no residue.

 
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Great suggestion! I knew someone would have an idea. The reason I need one is because my buddy gave me a bunch of bottles that he had ready for recycling. Been sitting there for weeks or months likely with a little beer left in the bottom. I want to make sure there is no residue.
BEST way to make sure there's nothing gunking up the bottom is to give them a good soak in PBW (or oxifree if you're cheap, but it's not as good) to get it to break down. Depending on how many bottles you need to do this with, you could just use a plastic bin, or large galvanized bucket (15-20 gallon). I'd go the plastic bin route first though. If you have a spare bath tub to use, you could do them there (you'll use a LOT more water though).
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #10
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left over beer in a bottle can lead to a funky black mold forming in the bottles (at least in my basement it does) but it usually washes right out with little need for the brush. Soaking in oxiclean or what ever you choose usually will get most of it to float right out.

 
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