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Old 06-06-2013, 06:05 AM   #181
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Awesome. Ladder, is that 1/2 inch copper? and also what diameter holes did you drill? So doing this.


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Old 06-06-2013, 04:39 PM   #182
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Great Ladder23Brewing. Could you please post a pic of the water stream height you can achieve with this simple method. This would be a great addition but it almost looks too easy.


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Old 06-11-2013, 06:34 AM   #183
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Hey guys, thanks. I will try and post a video of the water height but I'm achieving the same as Malfet and nameless. Approx 2-3 feet.

Yes that is 1/2 pipe and it seems to be perfect.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:51 PM   #184
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Just tried the Malfet's bottle washer for the first time. Washed and sanitized 48 bottles in less time than it normally tales to wash 24. Great! Just put it over the sink, fill with warm oxyclean, pump for a few minutes, fill sink with hot water, pump for a few minutes, fill with room temp sanitizer, pump for a few minutes, drain and set aside to dry. Refill and repeat. Wonderful.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:33 AM   #185
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This time I used it outside mounted on my ice chest. Great!
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:40 PM   #186
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I made same kind of washer than ladder, model with only holes. Did not work for me, spray expanded too much too early and there is no possibility to tweak nozzle , I made 2.5mm holes to 12mm (1/2") tubes. There was stubborn ring of dirt between bottom and side of bottle.

I know my pump is too weak , head is only 5meters. But I believe that even more powerful pump (AND one I can afford) does not solve problem, so Iam adding individual 6mm (1/4") "bottle tubes" , I just expand those 2.5mm holes to 6mm (1/4") and braze individual tubes to holes. 12 tubes brazed so far, will add rest tomorrow.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:00 AM   #187
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This is super easy if you have the pump. Here's what you'll need: (1) 1-1/4" Lead Free Brass or SS Coupler (1) 1-1/4" to 1" Lead Free Brass or SS Reducer Bushing (1) 1" MIPS to Slip CPVC Adapter (Note, the three above parts can be replaced if you can find a CPVC 1-1/4" FIPS x 1" Slip Adapter, I haven't found any personally.
Was this the 1-1/4" FIPS x 1" Slip adapter ($1.60 ea) you were looking for?

Click on Female Adapters and scroll down to Reducing Female Adapters - S x Fips - #435
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:01 AM   #188
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Hey man, I just built this unit but out of PVC. What size holes did you use in your copper?

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So I was able to make this finally and it works great!



I followed Nameless's version of this bottle washer as I use the fastrack. I must say it makes this process even easier when you use the fastrack. I did not make posts like you design did but surprisingly enough the posts are not necessary. water still makes contact with the bottom of the bottle at all times. I used the same pump that you recommended and instead of placing the bottles inside the crate, I put them on top of the crate to elevate them.











I cut notches into the fastrack feet so the rack literally just fits into place and does not move. It only takes a few minutes and all 24 bottles are fresh and clean!

Thanks for the great ideas, Ill post later if I have any updates.
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Thanks for this how-to!

I was inspired to build a bottle washer for myself, too. I went with a 3/4in copper manifold with 1/4 soft copper for the outlets. I'm using a rectangular milk crate as well. I could have squeezed in 24 12oz bottles, but I decided to go with only 20 to leave some extra room in case I need to wash bombers. Pump is the 1/3HP version of the one mentioned by the OP. Just started working on it tonight, but I will share some pictures when I'm done.

Oh, and one question for those who made one of these. Has anyone ever done a cleaning cycle with dish soap instead of Oxy or PBW? I bet it foams like crazy. Just curious...
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Detergent is not a good for washing. Residual detergent kill head on beers. Yes, it will foam like mad. I do use StarSan and even that creates a fair amount of foam. I cycle from Oxyclean to clean water to StarSan. Then drip dry.


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