A Pictorial Guide to Homebrew Sanitising
From the multiple articles I have read, plus the podcasts I have listened to, and the general advice from others, sanitising is quite possibly the most important part of the brewing process. If bacteria gets into the wort, siphon, carboy or bottle, you risk ruining your beer. Soap and water are the standard way to clean most things. For the bottles and carboy, a food safe sanitising agent is recommended. You can use household bleach, just be sure to rinse really well, it is not food nor human safe (I did my own research). Scalding the glass carboy and bottles with hot water is also useful. I scalded the plastic bottles with hot water, some of them warped. Oops. Be careful with that.
If after the sanitising process, the siphon and/or hose still has a beer smell, you might need to simply soak separately in a sanitising solution for a while. If the smell does not go away, it is a good idea to replace it.
There you have it, sanitised homebrew equipment, ready for your next batch. As I outlined in a previous post on the home economics of homebrewing, water consumption is quite high. This exercise cleaning up during this batch was about 16L or 4 gallons of water. I am acutely of this usage, as I had to cart extra water by wagon, to the trailer, as depicted below.