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Old 07-01-2010, 03:21 PM   #1
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Hello,

I'm brewing my first lager and have yet to decide on the best way to sterilise all 40 bottles. Does this have to be with a particular product or method? or can I use the dishwasher?

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Well I think you're going to be spoilt for choice, there is no standard method and I'm sure this thread will attract many conflicting opinions.

Sterilising 40+ bottles in one go can be a right PITA. I rinse as soon as I've emptied them or remove labels and wash if I've found more bottles, then I use either a Tesco's own brand Milton equivalent or a ‘value’ bleach. I keep and old FV full of solution which is dumped and changed every week or so.

10-12 wine or beer bottles go in for total immersion for at least 30 minutes (but more often left overnight), then they get two full-fill hot rinses (left for at least 20 minutes each rinse), are drained and dried inverted then capped with tin foil. I will then leave them for anything up to a month before filling.

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I always rinse the bottles after use, same as previous poster, then when it comes to bottling time I just fill the bath, adding some VWP and submerge all the bottles in the bath water solution...leave for about 15 minutes and then rinse each bottle a couple of times to remove the VWP solution....job done.

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Rinsed well after use, stored upside down, sprayed inside with no rinse Videne solution, drained and used

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Drik beer thats in the bottle, wash out leave in dusty, dirty garage for months, in boxes. remove from boxes soak in bleach solution, rinse well twice, spray with Videne fill with beer

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I've not done bottles yet, whats Videne? does that have to be bought from a Homebrew Supplier?


I was thinking about just taking the heater plate off my wallpaper stripper and firing the pipe straight into each bottle for about 30secs too - yes/no?

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Videne appears to be an iodene based antispetic solution? more commonly used by hospitals as hand scrub etc? am I right?

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Yep it's a great! But some places are now only selling it on prescription

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Well I think you're going to be spoilt for choice, there is no standard method and I'm sure this thread will attract many conflicting opinions.

Sterilising 40+ bottles in one go can be a right PITA. I rinse as soon as I've emptied them or remove labels and wash if I've found more bottles, then I use either a Tesco's own brand Milton equivalent or a ‘value’ bleach. I keep and old FV full of solution which is dumped and changed every week or so.

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Keep your bottles away from milton,as it has a clingy effect and takes some shifting.Doesn't taste too good either.

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Yep it's a great! But some places are now only selling it on prescription
Boots or most chemists stock them(or will get them in for you next day) no problem.
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Keep your bottles away from milton, as it has a clingy effect and takes some shifting. Doesn't taste too good either.
I've seen that advice posted several times but after two long, hot rinses I haven't had any residual smell or taste.
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