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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2012, 08:33:33 PM »
Actually I like it.
This week I had to clean 150 growlers and this stuff would be a great help.

For 12oz and 23oz bottle Morebeer is selling something similar:

http://morebeer.com/view_product/7271/102303/Rinsing_Sparging_Base

with bottle holder:

http://morebeer.com/view_product/7272/102303/Bottle_Rack_For_CE970
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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2012, 07:06:40 AM »
These are conceptually like little landscape irrigation systems.  Similarly, all you need to do is design the laterals in a looped configuration as opposed to having several distal ends that will always have emitters with less pressure than those closer to the source.  Simply connect the end pieces with tees and a couple 90 degree elbows to create a continuous loop around the emitters. The pressure will equalize and it will perform much more as you intended. 
That said, man that's a lot of work compared to a dishwasher or starsan/bottle tree. But hey, sometimes it's about the process,  right?  ;) 

Now that you put it that way, it makes perfect sense.  I never thought about closing the loops.  Thanks, that helps a lot.

For sanitizing, yeah this seems like a waste of time, especially compared with just using a hand sprayer and hanging on a bottle tree.  But for cleaning, it would be great to have something so I didn't have to break out the bottle brush.  During the last mass cleaning I had to use the brush on about 40% of the bottles to get them sparkling, even after an oxyclean soak.  Anybody have suggestions on this front?  Most of my bottles are pretty nasty and don't get rinsed right after emptying.

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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2012, 09:45:25 AM »
Anybody have suggestions on this front?  Most of my bottles are pretty nasty and don't get rinsed right after emptying.

Suggestion #1 would be to do something about the above
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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2012, 10:03:34 AM »
You might be able to make loading it easier if you built the frame in a way that allowed you to insert the frame into bottles that are already in a box and then flip the whole thing over and remove the box.  You'd have to mount handles that let you pick it up full and set into the water collection box.  And quick disconnects of some type would probably be needed to make moving the rack in and out easier.

Not a bad design if you only bottle and brew a lot.

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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2012, 10:07:06 AM »
 ::)  Thats kind of what I was thinking. It is not my method but someone might appreciate it.
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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2012, 10:37:22 AM »
Anybody have suggestions on this front?  Most of my bottles are pretty nasty and don't get rinsed right after emptying.

Suggestion #1 would be to do something about the above

I make it a discipline to leave the empties by the sink and either rinse them on the fly or in the morning next day. Really this is the best approach. Then all I have to do is rinse any dust out before sanitizing.
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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2012, 11:07:14 AM »
Anybody have suggestions on this front?  Most of my bottles are pretty nasty and don't get rinsed right after emptying.

Suggestion #1 would be to do something about the above

I make it a discipline to leave the empties by the sink and either rinse them on the fly or in the morning next day. Really this is the best approach. Then all I have to do is rinse any dust out before sanitizing.



+1  Its too easy to just rinse it quickly after the pour.

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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2012, 11:29:01 AM »
+1  Its too easy to just rinse it quickly after the pour.
At the very least, put an inch of water in them.  As long as the sludge stays wet it will rinse out fine the next day.
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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2012, 11:30:11 AM »
+1  Its too easy to just rinse it quickly after the pour.
At the very least, put an inch of water in them.  As long as the sludge stays wet it will rinse out fine the next day.

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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2012, 11:33:05 AM »
kewl, but why not just run the bottles through a dishwasher?

If you want to make sure to spray sanitizer INSIDE each bottle, a dishwasher won't work. The neck of a bottle is a small target to hit with the spray from a dishwasher arm.
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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2012, 02:27:06 PM »
I have one of those bottle washers that screw on to the faucet and blast a jet of water.
Always worked for me.
Blast the bottle with hot water and drop it in a bucket of sanitizer

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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2012, 03:41:14 PM »
Anybody have suggestions on this front?  Most of my bottles are pretty nasty and don't get rinsed right after emptying.

Suggestion #1 would be to do something about the above

I make it a discipline to leave the empties by the sink and either rinse them on the fly or in the morning next day. Really this is the best approach. Then all I have to do is rinse any dust out before sanitizing.



+1  Its too easy to just rinse it quickly after the pour.

That's all I ever do. Rinse after pour, into the dish drainer, store upside down in the box, santize and fill.
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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2012, 08:11:14 AM »
Anybody have suggestions on this front?  Most of my bottles are pretty nasty and don't get rinsed right after emptying.

Suggestion #1 would be to do something about the above

Yeah, that doesn't do much for the 500 or so that are sitting in the attic and have already been abused  ;D  Most of these were dirtied back before I started kegging and at a tailgate, so no running water.  I'd be lucky to just get most of the empties back.  They probably would have been fine if cleaned the next day, but hey if I wasn't lazy we wouldn't be having this conversation  ;)  Now they have a nice dried on layer of sludge on the bottom.  I wonder if it's less effort to remove labels from new bottles or clean the old de-labeled ones?

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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2012, 10:10:50 AM »
When I bottled all my beer I found a good long soak in Straight-A or PBW (both hot to start with) always make getting the nasty leftovers out.  And by "long soak" I mean days, not hours.  I'd stuff any bad ones in buckets on Sunday and not touch them until the next Saturday.

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Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2012, 10:16:07 AM »
you know, at SOME point, the old bottle is Fin....and it is time to start fresh.  :o
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