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Sanitizing with bleach without rinsing

According to this page, which was linked to recently on Basic Brewing Radio's facebook page, you can make no-rinse sanitizer with: bleach diluted to 80 ppm an equivalent amount of white vinegar to ...
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Are different style bottles more appropriate for different style beers?

The only consideration that comes into bottle choice really is serving size and glass strength due to carbonation levels. (Some highly carbonated styles see thicker glass for safety reasons.) Then ...
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PET Bottle shelf life

IMHO PET bottles will keep beer very well for up to 6 months. Beer can be kept longer than that but I have noticed that "fizzy drinks" PET bottles can lose pressure after a year or so. Apparently the ...
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

I was very excited to see what the community had to offer for this problem as I am in need of a cardboard box replacement as well. Unfortunately, it appears that www.cwcrate.com is out of business. ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

I'm a bit late to the conversation, but I also recently started brewing my own Ginger Beer using a Ginger Bug and bottling in the Grolsch-Style swing top bottles. I've had very good success with this ...
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Making my first batch, but don't have bottles

If you don't have bottling gear (bottles, capper, caps, bottle tree etc) Your alternatives need to hold about 15 psi, and be easy to sanitize. 2 liter soda bottles work nice, just need to keep the ...
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Transporting over carbonated glass bottles

If the beer is overcarbonated, I'd just degas it. Lift the cap of each bottle, let the CO2 escape until the foam reaches the cap, let go; repeat as many times as necessary, waiting for the foam to ...
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Is it OK to bottle condition using previously contaminated bottles?

If the bottles are very contaminated say with sediment sticking and or even if they have been open for a while and have fungal growth inside. You still don’t need to throw away, do the following: ...
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Hop photoisomerization (light effect on transparent bottles)

This Wired article may help shed some light on wavelengths and bottle colour. http://www.wired.com/2013/03/physics-and-green-beer-bottles/ Amendment 1 Light in wavelengths of 350 nm to 520 nm (upper ...
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Sterilising tips?

As Pepi noted in the comments it would take a serious infection to be noticeable in 24 hours (Just think how long it takes yeast to get going and that is supplied into fermentable at a huge number of ...
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Using a bottle rinser with 500ml PET bottles

I have the same bottle rinser as well as those bottles. The neck is indeed too large and you will not be able to directly position the bottle over the rinser as you would a 12 oz glass bottle. ...
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

I fill each empty with a 20/80 bleach/water solution and allow to soak for a few hours (usually overnight). Come bottling day, I rinse each bottle with cold water before sanitising. Works like a charm....
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

I get to do more bottle cleaning than I'd prefer these days, here are my favorite cleaners: Percarbonate (oxyclean) + trisodium phosphate (mix at 2:1 ratio, 100g per 20L water). Dissolves label glue ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Stainless Steel Scrubbers These make quick work of a labels and adhesives. Soaking the bottles does make it a lot easier, but these scrubbers work even without soaking. Warm water with a little ...
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How do I stop my damson cordial from starting to ferment?

Stopping cordials fermenting naturally is always a bit difficult without some chemical inhibitors, vigorous pasteurisation or freezing. Wild yeast and bacteria can be difficult to eliminate but some ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

My process involves soaking the bottles in a bucket of Napisan or similar for a day or so, then using a butter knife, whittle off the soggy labels. For any remaining glue, grab a Magic Eraser and ...
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How do you label your bottles?

Good thread, I'll give my two cents. +++++ 1 for BeerClings. Easy, affordable, and most important reusable. I got tired of trying to do them myself and found these to work the best of all the ones I ...
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How do you label your bottles?

I use Avery mailing labels. I have a background in graphic design so I like to make a professional looking label. I do the design in photoshop and print them out 10 to a sheet. They come off easy ...
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Is it possible to cork screw-top wine bottles?

We just corked a screw top wine bottle with no problem whatsoever. We also uncorked the bottle with no issues at all. We will definitely be corking larger amounts of screw tops in the future! Thanks ...
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Can I use a dishwasher that has rinse agent to sanitize my bottles?

You really don't want rinse aid on your bottles. My dishwasher rinse aid reservoir has a little dial (meant to control level of rinse aid being dispensed) that I can turn off for sanitizing bottles. ...
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plastic storage for bottles

Go to a plastic store, a catering store, or something similar and say you are looking for glass racks. There are many versions and something should work for you. Remember to take a bottle with to ...
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Recommendations for a bottle supplier

Go to a brewery that uses the bottles you want and ask them where they buy from. If their seller is not willing to sell to you, ask the brewery if you can buy from/through them.
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

one should note that hcl on metal is bad it will eat right through it. so make sure you do it some place that is well ventilated. use gloves( latex), goggles you don't want it in your eyes. and a ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

Warm water from the tap will not deform the bottles. If you are worried about it you can temper the water with cooler tap water. Use hot water to dissolve some oxyclean or PBW. Temper it with the ...
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How to clean bottles used for homebrewing few times?

An overnight soak in PBW or oxyclean always works well for freeing up beerstone and other deposits for me. The soak should start with the warmest tap water you can get. PBW is more expensive but I ...
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PET Bottle shelf life

Its your first brew; I wouldn't worry about it. It will get consumed fairly quickly. Certainly before an big bad PET issues arise...if you believe in that sort of thing. Don't worry about putting ...
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Bubbles within glass

When I cleaned demi-johns and glass bottles by soaking in a solution of PBW and hypochlorite bleach I noticed a build up of some insoluble compound on the surface of the glass that looked similar to ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

What not use a commercial brewing steriliser/cleaner like VWP? Soak in a solution made with very hot water overnight. One might find that all that is needed thereafter is a rinse with fresh water and ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

I would start with a mild dish washing soap with warm water, it usually gets rid of grease and oils. If you have a bottle brush, use it, if not shake the bottles well. Then rince the bottles well. ...
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Pet bottles force-carbonation

Yes you can get a ball lock attachment for plastic bottles, then force carbonate as you would a keg. 12-15psi for a few days.
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