The first time I made a batch of beer, the guy said that you could use wine sanitize to clean the bottles (you can't - beer sanitizer kills more stuff than wine sanitizer). My resulting beer was soapy-tasting and cloudy. After that, I used a bleach solution and the next batch came out way better.
At the local homebrewer's club, I've heard people talk about using hard liquor (e.g. cheap whiskey or vodka) to sanitize equipment, because they seem to think that other sanitizers affect the end taste.
Has anyone used hard liquor to sanitize? Does it make a difference to the taste? Does it work well?