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Bottling question
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:13:50 PM »
Do you sanitize the caps before you cap your bottles? I don't, but I'm wondering if I should. No problems so far but I'm curious what you other bottlers do.

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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 08:22:23 PM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.


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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 08:31:59 PM »
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 09:02:02 PM »
I put mine in a pot of water and heat it till it just boils then turn it off and let em hang out.  In hindsight i wonder if this is bad, we havent had a problem that i know of but im wondering if it damages the inside lining
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 09:15:45 PM »
I put mine in a pot of water and heat it till it just boils then turn it off and let em hang out.  In hindsight i wonder if this is bad, we havent had a problem that i know of but im wondering if it damages the inside lining

This was the norm before starsan. One of my first brewing books recommended it. Can't remember if it was papazian or miller.

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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 09:58:00 PM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.

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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 10:50:07 PM »
I always use o2 scavenging caps. I spray a handful of caps at a time with vodka from a squirt bottle. (A trick I learned while working at a winery). The o2 absorbing agent is moisture activated so you only want to sanitize the ones you will use.
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2013, 08:29:44 AM »
I spray with starsan.
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2013, 08:31:37 AM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.


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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 08:32:41 AM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.


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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2013, 08:49:38 AM »
Well, maybe I will start to sanitize the caps then.

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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 09:04:54 AM »
I use the O2-scavenging caps but still keep them in a tray full of StarSan.  I know they activate when moistened, but I'd rather keep the number of steps for each bottle fill to a minimum.  I really dislike bottling!

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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2013, 09:43:44 AM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.


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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2013, 09:48:15 AM »
I always use o2 scavenging caps. I spray a handful of caps at a time with vodka from a squirt bottle. (A trick I learned while working at a winery). The o2 absorbing agent is moisture activated so you only want to sanitize the ones you will use.

Vodka as a sanitizer won't work as well for beer as it does for wine.  Wine has more alcohol and a lower pH which makes it more resistant to infection than beer is.
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2013, 09:59:34 AM »
I use the O2-scavenging caps but still keep them in a tray full of StarSan.  I know they activate when moistened, but I'd rather keep the number of steps for each bottle fill to a minimum.  I really dislike bottling!

IIRC, it takes something like 24-48 hours for the caps to activate once wet, so you should be fine doing it like this without affecting the activity of the caps.
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