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Old 04-29-2006, 04:44 AM   #11
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When you start drinking your home brew, rinse out the bottles as soon as you empy them. It makes cleaning them a whole lot easier. Believe me- it is time well spent.
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Old 04-29-2006, 05:25 AM   #12
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Chris, I used a product called diversol that really did a great job of loosening up the mould/gunk that formed at the bottom of my bottles after months and months of sitting in the garage. It's a pink chlorine based cleaner - don't mix it with bleach!

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I plan on soaking my cleaned bottles in an Iodaphor solution before bottling as well.
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Old 05-01-2006, 04:21 AM   #13
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You won't need a bottle brush or a bottle/carboy washer (though they are nice at times). As others have said, if you just make sure that as soon as you pour your beer you rinse your bottle before that first sip then all you'll have to do is sanitize the bottles on brewday. If you somehow miss a bottle and it's got some stuff growing in it then pour some full strength bleach in there, that'll dissolve anything.. and you don't need to agitate it, just let it sit for a while and then rinse *real* well with hot water.

I don't really care for dish soap as a cleaner for fear that my beer might smell or taste like lemon, green apple, or orange. I also have heard that it leaves a film which can be bad for head retention. Anyhow, if you do things right, there should never be any need for soap or any other cleaner (except for removing labels that is).
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Default Rinsing alone is not enough.

After a few off bottles of a good batch I started examining my bottles. I found that over time just rinsing the bottle out leaves a film of on the inside.
To remedy this, I periodically actually clean them. I soak them in hot water and hit them with my bottle brush attached to my cordless drill. It is a pain in the ass but we already knew that about bottling...
I don't use any kind of soap, etc, but that is a personal preference.
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When you start drinking your home brew, rinse out the bottles as soon as you empy them. It makes cleaning them a whole lot easier. Believe me- it is time well spent.

Yes, Make sure you start out with clean bottles and keep them clean!!
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:50 PM   #18
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Use the bottles you have. Soak in hot water and remove labels (that's the hardest part). Then soak in powder one-step sanitizer and clean with bottle brush. If you can get bottles that were just drunk out of, that's the best. No yeast sediment. After you drink a beer, rinse the bottle well in hot water no later than one day later. Shake it. Rinse it. When you're going to use that bottle again, just put in one-eighth teaspoon of one-step sanitizer and hot water, shake, let sit for 5 min. then empty and use. I have followed this procedure for 7 years and my bottles are going strong. Avoid labeling your bottles (except on the cap) if you possibly can because almost all labels are a pain to get off. Btw, I have gotten most of my bottles from recycling centers. You might luck out and see that someone just discarded a case. Easiest bottles to cap: Sierra Nevada, Guiness extra stout (short bottles), Heineken. Avoid Amstel bottles. They're thin and hard to cap. Good luck
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Hi guys

This is my first time brewing so I wanted to hear if my cleaning routine sounds acceptable:

4 steps:
  • Step 1: Soak the used bottles in hot water. Remove labels and rinse roughly.
  • Step 2: Clean outside with soap and pour hot water inside. Clean with bottle brush attached to a fast rotating drilling device. (Got the tip from this very thread). Rinse with hot water.
  • Step 3: Add boiling water to each bottle and leave for minimum 5 minutes.
  • Step 4: Airdry

I have some "chemipro oxi" but I figured the boiling water would do the trick as well.

Any comments?

Thanks in advance!
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I rinse them out upon drinking and then throw them in a large bucket. Once the bucket is decently full, I throw a scoop of oxyclean on there and fill it up with water. Soak them overnight, rinse out/let dry and then toss them in a case. Then sanitize them with iodophor/starsan the day of bottling.

I also reuse the oxyclean solution two or three times. It removes labels and gunk so good. I've never had the need to use my bottle brush, either. Soak, rinse, sanitize. SRS!


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