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Old 03-05-2008, 08:32 PM   #1
Feb 2008
Kalamazoo, MI
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I'm looking for a good Bottle Washer. Anyone know or have a good brand that is more reliable than another? One to stay away from? Anyone have any ideas about building one? I did a search on here and no one has talked about getting a good bottle washer! What's up guys?

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Old 03-05-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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Oct 2007
Portland, OR
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I see nothing wrong with a bottle brush and my own two hands.

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Old 03-05-2008, 10:30 PM   #3
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Aug 2007
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Not sure what type of washing your doing here.
I learned early that life is easier if you rinse your bottle asap after pouring the brew.
I'm a rinser
PBW soaker
And dishwasher user.

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Old 03-05-2008, 10:32 PM   #4
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Sep 2006
Ontario, Canada
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A big tub and oxyclean is all I've ever needed. Then rinse with a bottle blaster and drip-dry on the bottle tree.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:00 PM   #5
Willy Boner
May 2007
Drain OR
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Yeah I just rinse soon after pouring but the Jet Bottle is guaranteed forever. I really dont have to use the bottle washer. Use Starsan! I'm sure you have read that or Iodophor are the two superior products.
In pursuit of my next one!

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Old 03-05-2008, 11:09 PM   #6
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Nov 2005
San Francisco
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I rinse my bottles right after pouring. When bottling night comes around, I give them a quick rinse with the Jet bottle washer before sanitizing. The Jet washer works pretty well, but for stuck-on crud, nothing beats a brush and some elbow grease.

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Old 03-05-2008, 11:11 PM   #7
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Dec 2007
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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Get one of these:

I use mine for carboys and bottles even the worst dumster dive bottle come out super clean after an hour soak in Oxy and a blast with this baby.

Every good HB retailer will have one. Support your LHBS!

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Old 03-05-2008, 11:18 PM   #8
Nov 2007
West Hartford, CT
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There is nothing better than one of those brass bottle blasters! But the best practice is to rinse right after you empty a bottle. Although I have been known to pour a few too many and after a while, I completely forget to rinse. So that may require a soak in Oxyclean and then a blast from the jet. Then sanitize with starsan fill and repeat.

Or just say screw it all and start kegging!

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Old 03-05-2008, 11:24 PM   #9
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Jun 2007
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I bought a Vinator a little while back and it's great.

Assuming you rinse out the bottles after pouring, it makes bottling day go so much smoother. Just a few pumps and it's done. (Story of my life).

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Old 03-06-2008, 01:52 AM   #10
Jan 2008
Fort Worth, Tx
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I like SWMBO brand bottle washers. I have this brand. I find sometimes that these brand will have there problems like making weird noises. If you listen closley these noises sound alot like i don't like washing bottles, or why do we have to do this. Just remind the SWMBO brand bottle washer of the great beer it will be drinking latter. That is another flaw of using SWMBO brand bottle washer, you will not get as many bottles of homebrew with this brand. It like to drink a few bottles every now and then. Tish brand is also more costly than other brands as you have to take it out to diner and a movie every now and then. Also if you are not around to watch the SWMBO brand bottle washer it will goto the mall on shopping sprees. This brand does have some other nice featuers it will do other things beside just was bottles. I use my SWMBO bottle washer as a personal pleasure device, it also does laundry and dishes without any help or work required on your part.
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