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How often do you soak your bottles in oxyclean (or other cleaner) before sanitizing?

Every time, right before sanitizing.
13 (38.2%)
Every now and then.
4 (11.8%)
Just the first time I get the bottles.  I think rinsing after drinking is enough to keep them clean.  I still sanitize.
10 (29.4%)
Now why would I do that?
7 (20.6%)

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Offline jayoun

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Re: Cleaning Bottles - Soaking - How Often?
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2011, 07:56:00 PM »
I will do an oxyclean/PBW soak initially just to get the labels off, after that I will do a good rinsing after use and maybe a rinse right before I sanitize.  I might add that I always inspect the bottles for obvious gunk before they go into the sanitizing bucket.  Although I don't bottle that often, I can't ever think of a time where I have had a bad bottle due to this practice.
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Re: Cleaning Bottles - Soaking - How Often?
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2011, 09:31:16 PM »
Many dishwashers have a high heat/sanitize drying cycle as an option.  We rinse the bottles out thoroughly after pouring and then store them in an office paper box with a lid in the garage until a bottling occasion comes up. We run the bottles we need by themselves, NO SOAP in the dishwasher on the sanitize setting. Has worked very well for us. No fuss.
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Re: Cleaning Bottles - Soaking - How Often?
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2011, 10:08:47 PM »
For first time use of a bottle I'll usually soak it in cold bleach water over night, rinse multiple times and spray with some star san. For future use I guess I just rinse them with hot water a few times when empty and store them someplace until I need them again and I'd probably just spray with star san. The oven idea sounds like a good one, I'd be too worried them would crack or bust though. I wonder what the heat threshold is on a glass bottle..

I've done three batches in the oven now and had 1 bottle crack. I suspect it was week anyway. I have had one bottle bomb in all my brewing so far (Knock on wood) and I could clearly see the bubble in the glass that caused it to fail. I didn't look on the one that cracked in the oven but I suspect it was an existing weakness. Given that glass doesn't melt until some thousands of degrees I am not too worried about the effect 375 f is going to have.
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Re: Cleaning Bottles - Soaking - How Often?
« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2011, 05:25:10 PM »
Well, to get good sanitation, you probably don't need to keep your bottles in a hot oven for a week anyway.  :D

No cleaning for me.  Rinse after use, store upside down if I won't need them for a long while, squirt the interior with StarSan just prior to use.  First time bottles get a hot water soak just to get labels off.  Nearly two decades of brewing and no infections; from the bottle anyway.  YMMV.
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