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Old 10-07-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Hi all, I found an article on making home-made soda in Mother Jones magazine, and thought I would give it a try. On the way home from the mountains, I stopped and bought a 'birch beer' from the gas-station and now I really want to get into that!

Anyway, I am thinking of using plain old clorox bleach to clean out the 2 litter bottles. Hot water and shake. Then super-rinse a few times to get all the bleach out. Any issues with this method?

Here is my cola recipe I'm using: Any comments on this? I got most of the herb ingredients at Whole Foods. The Vanilla was crushed but still smells ok.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/06/di...r=rss&emc=rss&

Thanks!



 
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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If you're fermenting then be sure to rinse that bleach out really well. Any residue can cause a band-aid off flavor in the end. Adding yeast nutrient can counteract it a little bit, but not all the time.

I'd recommend getting an iodophore or acid-based sanitizer.

That NY times recipe is a pretty decent one.


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Old 10-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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Also don't get them too hot they'll leach BPAs into your brew. Use a very mild solution as well . Like a cap full to a gallon.

 
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:19 AM   #4
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Ok, thanks, are there BPA free plastic bottles out there for home brew?

 
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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Yes, but the downside is that they are rather expensive for a plastic bottle.

http://www.amazon.com/WaterU-BPA-Fre...+water+bottles

Reason: found better deal

 
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:49 PM   #6
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Oh, ok, I have some similar to those gallon jugs, from whole foods. Not sure the lids would take the pressure though. I do have a half gallon with metal cap, that might be better. Thanks



 
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