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Title: Sanitizer
Post by: jeremybrown_9 on December 11, 2009, 11:16:06 AM
I know that Star San is a no rinse sanitizer. If I don't rinse off my bottles, will it effect the conditioning of my beer? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: ndcube on December 11, 2009, 01:21:58 PM
Don't rinse them.  If you do then they won't be sanitized anymore.  ;)

The sanitizer works because organisms can't survive in such a low pH.  The beer will dilute the tiny amount of sanitizer stuck to the bottle so it won't be an issue.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: theDarkSide on December 11, 2009, 01:27:00 PM
Never had a problem with it.  I put them in the bucket for a couple minutes, and then hang them on my bottle tree to drain.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: majorvices on December 11, 2009, 01:40:40 PM
There is no need to rinse star san. I put my bottle in the dishwasher (recently run and clean, obviously) upside down to let them drain.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: Hokerer on December 11, 2009, 02:23:04 PM
Always remember, "Don't fear the foam!"
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: my99thtry on December 11, 2009, 03:08:56 PM
Very funny that I found this post so quickly.  I had the exact same question.

I bottled on Monday night and I did not rinse my bottles of the sanitizer because it is "no rinse."  However I got to thinking that not rinsing something like a spoon, fermenter, or tubing does not pose the same threat to 5 gallons as not rinsing a bottle that will only hold 12oz.  Afterward I got to worrying if not rinsing bottles was a bad idea because of the smaller volume of beer vs concentration of sanitizer residual left in the bottle.

It seems from the posts here that it should not be a problem.


In related news, bottling is a horrible process.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: ndcube on December 11, 2009, 03:20:18 PM
In related news, bottling is a horrible process.

How long did it take you?
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: wzl46 on December 11, 2009, 03:40:53 PM
In related news, bottling is a horrible process.

How long did it take you?

I would bet long enough to consider kegging.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: ndcube on December 11, 2009, 03:50:16 PM
I got the bottling process down to about 1:15.  I still wish I could keg but bottling doesn't bother me too much.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: my99thtry on December 11, 2009, 06:08:27 PM
It took me about three hours from setup to full clean up.

I just started brewing again after a very long dry spell.  So my logistics and planning are pretty rusty.
Title: Re: Sanitizer
Post by: ndcube on December 11, 2009, 06:31:52 PM
Glad to see your back in it.

You should definitely be able to fine tune your process down from 3 hours.  That will make it less frustrating.

Was there anything in particular that took up alot of time?