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Cleaning Recycled Craft Beer Bottles

Ideally, wash the bottles both inside and out. In cleaning, we are going to make sure that there are no traces of beer, glue from the labels, dust, or anything else that dirties the bottle.

A state free of infection is called asepsis. This is ideal so that we can pour our beer when bottling without running the risk of it becoming infected with some bacteria and ruining the content.

Process, after cleaning each bottle, put a little peracetic acid and shake so that the chemical wet the entire internal surface, finally cover the mouth of the same with plastic wrap (leaving the chemical inside) or ballot the bottle in a FastRack tray where there is a chemical bottom on the tray to cover the entrance of your bottle, with these two ways we make sure that no bacteria can enter that could compromise our beer.

For beer lovers, getting enough bottles to support products can be a complicated and expensive job. This is why sometimes we are not enough to empty ourselves of those we have taken in case or with friends. With which we have to resort to other methods to get them. This can be talking to a bar or boutique restaurant.

IMPORTANT

Caustic soda and/or Peracetic Acid are HIGHLY CORROSIVE AND TOXIC chemicals. When they come into contact with water, they begin to raise temperatures and generate toxic gases.

Before carrying out this process, make sure to take the necessary care for its handling and control:

  • Use gloves (the thicker …, the better!)
  • If possible, use protective glasses (this is to avoid splashing into the eyes)
  • To sink the bottles, use gloves of long thick plastic to avoid contact between water and skin.
  • When the bottles are to be removed, it is advisable to first get rid of the solution (by tilting the bucket or container and dropping the water into a container, and then removing the bottles one by one.
  • If for any reason they come into contact with the solution, wash with plenty of cold water and visit your bedside doctor.

Last but not least, if you use this method to disinfect the bottles, it is MANDATORY that you then take your time to clean them. Remember that Caustic Soda and Peracetic Acid are toxic, so it is vital that after removing them from the solution, wash them with detergent and some type of brush, rubbing the inside of the bottle well to remove any residue.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to have the bottles very clean before bottling; otherwise, we may get an unpleasant surprise when drinking beer!

Although bottle cleaning is quite a tedious process, it is the last effort we must make so as not to ruin all our previous work.

We have to make the difference between cleaning and asepsis since although they are two similar terms, we must treat them separately.

We cannot replace one for the other, and both cleanliness and asepsis are essential.…