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Offline James K

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Cleaning your bottling gun
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:09:08 PM »
My friend bottled a Brett beer with the last straw bottling gun and never really cleaned the gun after the fact. I am using the gun to bottle three different beers and wanted some input in cleaning to avoid Brett contamination. I plan to run hot water with pbw through the gun and then starsan. I am hoping that 3 gallons of both pbw and starsan will be enough to kill the Brett.

Does anybody have any input for cleaning Brett out of a bottling gun?
I have cleaned carboys I used Brett in and have not had a problem with newer beers being contaminated after long soaks.
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Re: Cleaning your bottling gun
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2017, 08:16:08 PM »
I would run iodaphor solution through it, after the PBW.
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Re: Cleaning your bottling gun
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 06:35:45 PM »
I would run iodaphor solution through it, after the PBW.

Why IO star instead of starsan? I cannot find much information on iodophor other than it doesn’t foam as much and can tint your lines after heavy use.

Is Starsan sufficient? It’s cleaned my carboy just fine.
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Re: Cleaning your bottling gun
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2017, 06:42:09 PM »
I would run iodaphor solution through it, after the PBW.

Why IO star instead of starsan? I cannot find much information on iodophor other than it doesn’t foam as much and can tint your lines after heavy use.

Is Starsan sufficient? It’s cleaned my carboy just fine.
Starsan is more selective while iodophors kills everything.  I prefer it even though it does tend to stain things if left for a while.
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Re: Cleaning your bottling gun
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2017, 09:07:47 PM »
Particularly for Brett, which is notoriously acid-tolerant, I wouldn't rely on an acid sanitizer.

I would also boil anything that can handle the temperature (which is hopefully all the parts that touch beer).
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Re: Cleaning your bottling gun
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 12:39:16 AM »
I would run iodaphor solution through it, after the PBW.

Why IO star instead of starsan? I cannot find much information on iodophor other than it doesn’t foam as much and can tint your lines after heavy use.

Is Starsan sufficient? It’s cleaned my carboy just fine.
It was already answered by a couple of my friends, but Star San is good at killing bacteria, not so good on Yeast, Brett (wild yeast), or mold. You can do internet searches and find guys who wash their yeast with Star San, doesn’t kill the yeast. That is why I said use Iodophor for sanitizing, after cleaning with PBW.

I had some kegs that went To a Brett taste and lots of pressure and foam. Star San didn’t do the job. Iodophor did. Oh, and I boiled the posts and poppets to be sure that Brett was dead in the nooks and crannies. The bugs and critters can’t take the heat.
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