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Old 01-30-2013, 05:03 AM   #11
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I strip labels with a star-san/oxi clean mixture in a 5 gallon bucket. The labels pretty much fall off after an hour of soaking. Like you, I sanitize the caps, seems like a no-brainer to me. Also, like you I mix 5 gallons of sanitizer in my bottling bucket and then drain into a separate bucket to sanitize everything that the beer will touch along it's merry little way into the bottles.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:14 AM   #12
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I use my automatic dishwasher to sanitize my bottles. Just put them through about 3 hours on the highest heat setting before I'm ready to bottle so they have time to cool. Then I take them straight out if the dishwasher as I bottle. Has worked great for me so far. Anyone else use this method?

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:30 PM   #13
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I have kjm13, worked fine for me. Both ways work, its personal preference.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:47 PM   #14
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I, too, use my dishwasher to sanitize my bottles before bottling. I make absolutely certain, however, that there is NO CRUD in them before I put them in the dishwasher. The drying heat portion of the cycle does the sanitation. And I put my bottling bucket on the kitchen counter OVER the dishwasher, and use the dishwasher's door as a bottling "table." Cleanup is simple: close the dishwasher door when you are done! And I, too, have always sanitized the bottle caps...just throw them in a small container filled with Star San.

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:50 PM   #15
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Um, actually there's a lot written about bottling, carbonation, and conditioning, especially on here...Most of it by me.

Did you happen to notice the BOTTLING TIPS STICKY?
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #16
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My bottle cleaning and bottling process:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bott...ml#post4694953
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:49 PM   #17
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I typically clean the labels off with a soak, then clean with stars an the day of bottling. I use my dishwasher rack as a drying rack (after sanitizing), but only cause my dishwasher sucks big time
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:02 PM   #18
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I also use the dishwasher to remove the labels. Again put on the hottest setting, I put the labeled bottles in the dishwasher, and then stop it just before the dry cycle so the bottles are still wet. The labels usually come right off, and I use a mr. Clean magic eraser to get off any residual glue. Works really well with most bottles. (Except Maine beer co and jacks Abby. They use a waterproof label and it must be crazy glue to put them on! Which is too bad because the use great 16.9oz bottles.)

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:00 AM   #19
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histo320, he said that he added his priming sugar to 2 and a half cups of water then boiled it. Sanitizing cap is just as important as sanitizing all your other equipment.
This is why I love this site, you learn something new everyday. I never even thought about sanitizing caps. Looks like I will start.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:11 AM   #20
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Um, actually there's a lot written about bottling, carbonation, and conditioning, especially on here...Most of it by me.

Did you happen to notice the BOTTLING TIPS STICKY?
Read that years ago and saved me no end of needless aggravation. We bottle a lot of beer and your tutorial made it a breeze... Thanks
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