Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

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Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Roy Hersh     » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:32 pm

I don't hand wash any glasses, but do hand wash my decanters. What about you?
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Derek T.     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:14 am

I do both, for both glasses and decanters, but my normal MO is to put glasses in the dishwasher and hand-wash the decanter. Only when the decanter starts to look a bit stained do I put it in the dishwasher.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Gary Richardson     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:35 am

I do the same as Roy. I machine wash my glasses, but hand wash the decanters. I am not even sure why, except that the glasses easily fit in the dishwasher, but the decanters do not. They are too "top heavy" and unstable when put upside-down in the machine.

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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Carl D     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:49 am

I hand wash Reidel Vinium & Waterford crystal glasses, but all the generic ones go in the dishwasher. Decanters are always hand washed.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Tom D.     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:49 am

I usually hand wash everything. But at times I use the dishwasher, with the tiniest amount of detergent, never at a high-heat setting, always hand dry.
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Postby Andy Velebil     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:13 am

I used to hand wash them all. Then I remodeled the kitchen and finally got a dishwasher...now I'm in love. Glasses go into the dishwasher and I still hand wash decanters.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Glenn E.     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:44 pm

Carl D wrote:I hand wash Reidel Vinium & Waterford crystal glasses, but all the generic ones go in the dishwasher. Decanters are always hand washed.

+1

Occasionally I'll run my Reidels through the dishwasher just to give 'em a good blasting, but since I normally reuse the same glass every night it's easier to hand wash it than run the dishwasher every day.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Eric Menchen     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:05 pm

I handwash my IVDP glasses, although I suppose they could go in the dishwasher. Lesser glasses go in the machine, and we have some other stems that won't fit.

Eventually the dishwasher will leave a residue on glass that you can't remove. On the other hand, the automatic dishwasher soap does rinse off more easily than hand soap, which isn't such a factor for wine, but can kill beer head. Whenever I hand wash glasses, I always invert and thoroughly rinse with a sprayer.
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Postby Peter W. Meek     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:18 pm

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Postby Peter W. Meek     » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:21 pm

I lie. I know very well that we put them in the dishwasher.

It brings up a philosophy I have about clothes: run them through the washer and dryer. If they don't survive, well, they weren't my kind of clothes after all.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby John M.     » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:06 am

I usually put glasses in the dishwasher; if doing a lot of them, I'll sometimes add a second run with a rinse again just to remove residual soap.

The decanters are always hand washed and I never put soap into the inside. I also took a 1 x 6, drilled and inserted a dowel so I can dry my decanters upside down so as not to get any mineral deposits on the bottom.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Marc J.     » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:39 am

I hand wash everything. With hand washing I can make sure that every speck soap is removed and I don't risk breaking any of the stems.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Derek T.     » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:45 am

Peter W. Meek wrote:Ask Eva.
There was a time when every Gentleman would have given a similar answer [notworthy.gif]
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Peter W. Meek     » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:12 pm

Derek T. wrote:
Peter W. Meek wrote:Ask Eva.
There was a time when every Gentleman would have given a similar answer [notworthy.gif]

You will note that I instantly qualified that!
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Postby Eric Menchen     » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:53 pm

John M. wrote:The decanters are always hand washed and I never put soap into the inside.
Once in a while I clean decanters with PBW, "An Alkaline Non-caustic, Environmentally and User friendly CIP cleaner."
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Moses Botbol     » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:40 am

I hand wash every port or wine glass. Nothing worse than digging out broken pieces from the dishwasher. Not worth the risk. I can wash 60 glasses in around 15 mintues.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Roy Hersh     » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:38 am

So what do you guys do to remove the stains that eventually form in your decanters?

Although you may thing this sounds nuts, twice a year, I take a capful of bleach and pour it into about 64 oz. of water and pour that into 3 decanters. I swirl it around and let them sit for about fifteen minutes and then pour that liquid into another decanter until all have gone through the process. I then rinse them out thoroughly several times in hot water and finally a couple of times in cold water. It has returned my dull and stained decanters to looking like new. Twice a year seems to work for me.

How do you go about it?
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Russ K     » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:50 am

to get scale off of decanters, I use ice and salt. put about a few tablespoons of sea salt in there with a bunch of ice cubes and swich it around madly. works pretty well.
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Eric Menchen     » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:14 am

Roy Hersh wrote:So what do you guys do to remove the stains that eventually form in your decanters?

That's where the PBW comes in. It dissolves organics and protein. Although not a cleaner, I also have StarSan, an acid, which can dissolve other stuff. After that, I suppose I could use CLR, but I've never had to for a decanter. Better living through chemestry :D
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Re: Do you use the dishwasher or hand wash your Port stems?

Postby Moses Botbol     » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:57 am

Roy Hersh wrote:So what do you guys do to remove the stains that eventually form in your decanters?

How do you go about it?


I have a very easy solution. I just throw out the decanter once its stained...

In all seriousness, I just put a few tablespoons of dry rice in the decanter with a small amount of soapy water to swish around the and stains come right out.
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