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KEG301

Marks Bottle Washer

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Description

Looking for a high quality bottle washer to make cleaning bottles a breeze?  This add on system to Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer makes cleaning bottles easy.  Never again have to scrub out bottles or worry about whether anything is left over to spoil your beer.  Simply set up Mark's Bottle Washer system, and let it do the work for you!  This add on will use the basin and pump from the Keg and Carboy washer, and direct the water through a manifold, which ends in powerful jets to clean your bottles.  The cleaning solution drains back to the basin to be recycled through the system again!

Mark's Bottle Washer is designed to work as an add on to Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer. The bottle washing system allows you to efficiently handle thirty 22 ounce bottles. With this system, you can wash, rinse and sanitize enough bottles for a standard 5 gallon batch of beer.  The system contains 3 components: the 8-jet manifold, the drip pan and the 2 trays.

Features:

  • The manifold includes 8 jets to allow for enough water pressure in each bottle for a thorough cleaning. You wash 8 bottles, flip the tray around and wash 8 more bottles (one bottle gets washed twice)
  • Since the trays of bottles are heavy, we even developed a special cross-arm approach to flipping the bottles without having to set the tray down
  • The drip pan allows you to drop the pre-loaded trays onto the 8 jets. This is the key to making the bottle washer efficient. You load all your bottles into the 2 trays; then you can wash, rinse and sanitize them all without having to remove them from the trays.

Please Note: This is an add on system for Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer, and will not function without that base.

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Item # KEG301
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Weight 5LBS
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To speed bottle washing and sanitizing time.
John Scroggins II on Jan 17, 2019
Ease of use
John M on May 11, 2018
To speed bottle washing and sanitizing time.
John Scroggins II on Jan 17, 2019
This is the only one you have
jeff w on Oct 17, 2018
Ease of use
John M on May 11, 2018
I want to ensure my bottles are 100% clean... PBW and star san will do that. Manually scrubbing and dishwasher won't.
Haroun E on Mar 16, 2018
This is the only one you have
jeff w on Oct 17, 2018
I want to ensure my bottles are 100% clean... PBW and star san will do that. Manually scrubbing and dishwasher won't.
Haroun E on Mar 16, 2018
Will it do all bottle sizes or for some reason only 22 oz bottles?
Scott Peterson on Feb 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can fit on 12oz bottles, but it is just a little bit cockeyed on the stand for some bottles.

I have not tried .5L or 1L swingtops with this yet.
Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
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Works OK for me
I bottle all my beer in 12 oz bottles. For the last few years I would get a batch of 48 bottles and put them in a full sink with a little PBW then hand scrub, rinse and sterilize them in the dishwasher. I was able to do a batch in about 45 minutes not including the dishwasher.

I am learning to like this thing and for me I have to say WOW! for something to get 5 stars.

I don't use it the way it was designed but it works. Here is what I do:

I double rinse the bottles within a day or two of emptying and store them in a fast rack

I put the bottle washer/keg washer in my sink, fill it with hot water and a couple of tablespoons of PBW.

Rather than stage the bottles in the rack and try and get them to each fit on the nozzle I simply put the rack on the washer and load 8 bottles on it and turn it on.

I run it for 4-5 minutes then swap out 8 more bottles until I am done with the batch. I then empty the PBW water, rinse the unit and fill with clean hot water.

I load the bottles (8 at a time) back on the washer and run it for about a minute to rinse.

I pull the bottles off and sterilize in the dishwasher.

It does not really save time for me but it does save effort and water and I don't spend 45 minutes up to my elbows in PBW. Plus I can do other stuff while it runs.

I wish it would do more bottles at a time, but then it might be too big. Perhaps a 12 oz bottle version that still fits on the carboy washer and would do 12 bottles at a time rather than 8? That would cut the time by a third!

Is it the perfect solution? No. Does it work OK? Definitely.Write your review here. It must be at least 20 characters long. Consider whether you would recommend this product and what you like or dislike about it.
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Added May 16, 2019
May 16, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
May 17, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Wasted Money - Why can't I give it zero stars?
The carboy washer is awesome, but this attachment for it wound up in the garbage. My experience was that the pressure from the pump was insufficient for 15 bottles, especially when the manifold leaks like a basket.
January 30, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Love this thing - quickly and perfectly cleans bottles
I normally keg my brews but do bottle up a batch now and then for friends without kegerators. I'm never sure how bottles are cleaned/stored after being emptied, and this bottle washer system blasts EveryThing out of the bottles that shouldn't be there. I use hot water and PBW, then rinse, then a nonfoaming sanitizer. It takes a little time but I'm cleaning 60 (five cases) of 22oz bottles so in the end it's a very efficient way to get the cleaning done well.

It isn't perfect. Like another reviewer, I have rube goldberged a way to keep the manifold from tipping, otherwise it tips away from the bottles at the end of the bottle rack and the bottles can partially fill with liquid when this happens. I normally quickly start and stop the washer pump a couple of times at the end of the cycle to thoroughly "rinse" each bottle. If the bottles do begin to fill with liquid instead of continuously draining during the cleaning cycle, a ring of foam can form inside the bottles. The quick start/stop ensures that any foam inside the bottle is rinsed away.

The assembly does take a bit of time and attention, but that wasn't an issue for me because it saves me a lot of time in the end.
November 27, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Cumbersome
Disappointed on how much assembly required to get this thing going. Takes up way too much time IMO.
May 16, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
This thing is pretty awesome. If you combine it with the blichmann beer gun, it actually makes bottling bearable. ??
May 11, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
One of my favorite brewing gizmos!
Bought Mark's Keg washer for Christmas 2016 and it totally transformed my brewing! One day while sanitizing bottles, I thought about how nice it would be if there was some kind of attachment so that I could sanitize bottles as easily as I sanitize my carboys. Lo and behold...it actually existed! So far, I have used this to bottle 14 brews and can't imagine bottling day without it! Just mix up some PBW or Saniclean (NOT StarSan!) and plug it in. It's kind of a pain to assemble and you need to have someplace to store it as it's kind of awkward once it's all put together. The plastic is a little thin and seems flimsy, but I'm mindful of that fact and handle it carefully and have never broken a single bottle. I would buy this again in a heartbeat! Thanks Mark and thanks MoreBeer!
February 28, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
I love this. It saves a ton of time. Very useful as long as you have the space to store it
February 5, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Outstanding
Excellent idea with very good delivery. Easily cleans 12, 16, 22 oz bottles with minimal water + sanitizer and no PBW. Racks double as drying rack.
January 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Tool!
Works great for me. I purchased both items on the same day. I didn't need both the same day, while washing the carboy, I assembled the bottle washer. (I didn't want bottling day to turn into anything longer dealing with assembly & possibly another trip to the store.)

The assembly instructions & pictures could use some improvement for there is a couple of incomplete sentences & the assembly pictures lack good contrast. There is also a couple of descriptions of the parts which left me guessing for a few minutes because those descriptions described the part which another part was being assembly to. (Upper rack, lower rack, Diamonds? Until you see it assembled, one may have trouble understand which is upper or lower or what is meant by diamonds.)

This machine works great on my 30 bottles! I was amazed at how much "gunk" washed out of my bottles. Also the sanitized water turned a light brown so I had clearly not rinsed them well when I emptied them as I had thought!

I am getting used to Star-San & not clear about how much to put in. A little Star-San goes a long way & if you put in too much, the foaming inside the bottles will foul the water jet directed at the bottle bottoms. with this machine, the foam will build inside the bottle until it impedes with the vertical spray coming out of the nozzles. Then the spray will not reach the bottom of the inverted bottles. Lifting the bottles a little while the spray was running permitted more water & foam to exit the bottle neck. And all was fine for another 8 minutes. I guess this is one time when the foaming action of Star-San may be an undesirable. So don't use as much Star-San. The bottles will still be sanitized. A cap fun from a 4 ounce bottle is all you need in the reservoir (basin) of this machine.

I will get past that & put in less Star-San because this machine really whips it up & makes Star-San a thick foam! But the washer works great! I had no problems in operation & found it to be constructed of a good plastic which will hold the load.

When I bottle, I am going to use the bottle racks to hold the filled bottles upright until I begin removing them one by one to cap them! Remove an empty inverted one, fill it, cap it, place it back into the rack upright. In fact, place it back inverted, checking for leaks or poor seals. Then transfer to cartons for storage & bottle aging!

But that is my .02 dollars!
October 4, 2016
Great idea, not so great execution
First off, I really love the idea of sanitizing several (if only 22 ounce) bottles at a time. Sadly, the washer has some pretty frustrating flaws that make it more difficult to use than it should be.
Unlike the previous reviewer, I haven't had any issues with the manifold. The drip and bottle trays are a different story entirely. I too feel that there should be a better mechanism for holding the manifold in place. I have placed the bottle tray on the drip tray, and not realized that one of the jets wasn't placed inside a bottle. Not catastrophic, but can make a mess. Also, the plastic and design of the bottle trays is not suited for the application. The plastic feels flimsy, and I would NEVER carry the trays by the molded handles themselves, when full of bottles. Unless you want broken glass on your floor, lift the trays from the bottom. These two issues make it slightly difficult to handle and position the bottle trays.
Despite its flaws, the bottle washer is a good idea, and it does seem to work. I've been using it to sanitize my bottles, and I'm happy with the results. Also, it's cool that Mark (the creator) reached out to the previous reviewer. With some refinement, this would be a really great product.
November 4, 2015