« on: July 23, 2011, 01:28:26 AM »
i was soaking some recycled bottles from several different brewers(i like drinking my own, but don't hesitate at all to drink great stuff) and discovered that in addition to cleaning bottles like nobody's business, oxyclean will also break down glue used for affixing labels to bottles. double whammy!
this is great because, i feel like i can now rinse a bottle with hot water, soak in oxyclean to break down any left over crap AND peel labels. way before i sanitize.
i think my bottling process just got that much easier. it should be said that i will clean/peel the extra bottles i need for a batch way in advance. seriously. a few bottles a night for a couple of weeks will do the trick and make your bottling simple! i also make my priming sugar ready and sanitize the night before.
i previously would rinse a bottle with hot water, soak in an ammonia/water bath to peel and then clean & sanitize and bottle.
i haven't proved this yet, but will get back in a couple weeks for a final thought.
all said, if you are diligent in rinsing bottles as you drink them, bottling isn't as bad as you think! and you get great, conditioned beer. i like to make high OG ales that love to develop anyhow.