Handheld Drill (optional, may need a hacksaw if using the drill. I’ll tell you why later)
Bottle Filler Tube Attachment (or funnel or hose clamp, but you really want the bottle filler wand)
Bottle Drying Rack (optional)
Ok so when gathering bottles remember we do NOT want twist off tops! I repeat, we do NOT want twist off tops. Here is where you can get bottles:
Purchase from liquor store (Will need to clean and sanitize after you finish digesting the contents)
Free from your local recycling center (make sure to clean and sanitize those bad boys, they can get bad)
Free from friends (will still need to clean and sanitize)
Purchase from local brew store (bottles already clean, still need to sanitize)
I’ll let you choose which way you want to get the bottles. But for this instructable, I’m am going to assume the bottles need cleaning.
So after the bottles have soaked, use your powered bottle brush and scrub out the insides of the bottles. Proceed to rinse your bottle and dry afterward. (may have a future instructable on a spray rinse device that is triggered by pushing the bottles down)
If you have a circular bottle drying rack like me, you can make a sweet beer bottle Christmas tree!
What I like to use is a bottling bucket (a bucket with a spigot installed near the bottom), some plastic tubing, and a bottle filler. The bottle filler makes life real easy and I recommend it, but you could drain straight from the hose and use the spigot to stop the flow if you wanted. They also make hose clamp attachments that would replace the bottle filler also.
To use bottle filler, simply attach it to plastic hose, and open spigot. The bottle filler is designed to only allow liquid flow when the bottle filler touches the BOTTOM of the bottle.
Bottle Filler Tip 1: With the bottle filler inside of the bottle, fill the bottle to the top. When you pull out the bottle filler you will have about an inch of headspace (air gap in the bottle) which is perfect for beer bottling.
Bottle Filler Tip 2: The bottle wand is an ingenious little tool. But if you have junk in your beverage, it can get clogged and then you'll hate it forever. Take steps to filter the beverage.
To use the hose clamp, press clamp close around the plastic hose, open spigot, release clamp to fill bottle to desired volume. Close clamp again to stop liquid flow.
P.S. Above is a layout plan of some kind of bottle cleaning workstation. I would love to build something like this but I live in an apartment. So I would need to make it so that it folds up or packs away nicely. I'm open for ideas.