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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2013, 11:13:06 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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And it's more expensive too.  I can see using it in a pinch, but given the price and effectiveness I use starsan.
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2013, 11:56:12 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.
Fixed that ;)
And it's more expensive too.  I can see using it in a pinch, but given the price and effectiveness I use starsan.

Thanks for the professional fix!
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2013, 12:25:22 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.

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.
Fixed that ;)
And it's more expensive too.  I can see using it in a pinch, but given the price and effectiveness I use starsan.

Thanks for the professional fix!

I've always wondered why I would waste vodka.  Of course I don't buy Hawkeye (still the best selling brand in Iowa) but starsan seems cheaper and way more effective for sanitation.

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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2013, 01:45:07 PM »
I use the vodka for this purpose primarily because it doesn't lose potency sitting in a squirt bottle.

I use Starsan most of the time though.
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2013, 02:13:28 PM »
I use the vodka for this purpose primarily because it doesn't lose potency sitting in a squirt bottle.

I use Starsan most of the time though.
Starsan doesn't lose potency sitting in a squirt bottle.
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Re: Bottling question
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2013, 03:01:36 PM »
Yep. I put starsan in a bowl and put caps in it while bottling.


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