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bottling time this bottle washer worked so well I thought other people should
know about this. If you’re also using inert gas prior to bottling, you can use
another sparging base for the gas, and just transfer the bottle rack from the
washer to the gas set up, it works very well.
washer itself is completely self contained, the sanitizer solution of your
choice is held within the tub, and is circulated through the pump and into the
bottles, and then back into the tub through holes in the lid, so no need to be
near a sink.
to using the bottle washer, the bottles should be free of debris and labels,
ready for bottling.
all of the parts are obtained, the first step is to put a hole in the side of
tub for the bulkhead fitting about 1” or so from the bottom. Insert the bulkhead fitting with the
flat side on the outside of the tub, and then construct the tube that will go
from the bulkhead fitting to the water pump. Slide the tube over the barbed
side of the threaded brass fitting, and apply the pipe clamp and the threaded
end into the bulkhead fitting. The other end of the tube can be slid on to the
barbed end of the garden hose fitting. A separate pipe clamp can be applied
there too, to ensure a nice tight fit with no leaking. The garden hose fitting
can now be screwed to the inlet port of the water pump.
you may drill a series of holes in the lid of the tub to allow the sanitizer
solution to drain back into the tub after flushing the bottles. I affixed the
rinsing base to the lid with zip ties through the newly drilled holes, so
everything stays in place.Once this is all done, hook up the sparging
base to the outlet port on the water pump and replace the lid on the tub. Fill
the tub with about 3 gallons of your favorite no-rinse sanitizer solution (I
use a sulfite and citric acid mix) so at least the bulkhead fitting is fully submerged,
this ensures your pump will not run dry. Plug the water pump into the remote
controlled outlet and fill the bottle rack with bottles. Place the rack of
bottles onto the bottle washer, and with the press of a button you’ll have
evenly sanitized bottles in no time!
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