I realise there is a tonne of information about cleaning on the net already, but I am just about to bottle my first batch of glass bottles and wanted to put my process out there to make sure I haven't made any mistakes.
- Rinse bottles with hot water after drinking and let drain (if possible)
- Few days before bottling, fill a sink with hot water and 1 cap of unscented Napisan (sodium percarbonate - diluted I believe)
- Fill each bottle from the sink, give a shake and let sit and soak for a while
- Any bottles that have noticeable dirt in them, use bottle brush
- Allow to soak for 15 minutes (other people tend to say overnight but I was impatient and unsure how much difference it makes)
- Rinse suds from each bottle in a sink of hot water
- Pour a bit of boiling water into each bottle for final rinse, then leave upside down to drain
- On brew day, pour a tiny bit of star san no-rinse sanitiser into one bottle with some hot water. Pour from bottle to bottle, topping up with hot tap water as needed until all bottles are soapy.
- Empty them all, cursory rinse, but leaving some suds
Does this sound like overkill? Not enough? Should I soak longer? Are any of my methods inefficient?
Finally, I was thinking of storing the bottles in an esky (cooler) in case there are any explosions I won't come home to find the dog licking up beer and broken glass. Is this more of a risk to the other bottles in the esky? Any precautions I should take when handling the bottles for the first time? I've heard some horror stories about bottle bombs.
Thanks in advance for any advice. This site has saved me from ruining both of my previous brews :)