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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2011, 04:37:43 PM »
I did not go to this.  A friend did and said it was good.  He told me that he always bakes his competition bottles in the oven.  The bugs and critters can't hide form the heat.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/4962/Bottle_Conditioning_Like_a_Pro-Jennifer_Helber.pdf
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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2011, 04:43:41 PM »
I like to soak my bottles in 5 gallons water mixed with 2-3 ounces of bleach for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with my bottle washer and hot water. 
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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2011, 08:35:34 PM »
I did not go to this.  A friend did and said it was good.  He told me that he always bakes his competition bottles in the oven.  The bugs and critters can't hide form the heat.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/4962/Bottle_Conditioning_Like_a_Pro-Jennifer_Helber.pdf

I read that today it was interesting. I would love to hear the presentation that went along with the power point. I think i might try this for my next bottling! one less thing to do the day of bottling.
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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2011, 05:23:46 PM »
If using Star San should you allow it to dry brfore filling the bottle?

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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2011, 05:37:02 PM »
If using Star San should you allow it to dry brfore filling the bottle?

No need to let it dry.  Starsan is effective at low pH, best under a pH of 3.  Beer is in the 4.5 pH range and so will deactivate the starsan when you fill it.
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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2011, 11:33:33 AM »
Thanks for the answer (and sorry for the long reply). I can cross this issue off my list. I've been having some issues with my last few batches.They taste fine when sampling them during the final gravity reading before adding the priming sugar and bottling. But, I'm getting a slight chemical after taste 2-weeks later after the bottle fermintation period. Any suggestions?

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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2011, 12:10:00 PM »
I like to soak my bottles in 5 gallons water mixed with 2-3 ounces of bleach for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with my bottle washer and hot water. 

 Unless your water is really hot - 150f+ - rinsing undoes the sanitizing. Best to leave bleach for washing clothes. Starsan is better and very cheap.
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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2011, 12:44:05 PM »
I read that today it was interesting. I would love to hear the presentation that went along with the power point. I think i might try this for my next bottling! one less thing to do the day of bottling.

I heard the presentation and sadly it wasn't all that great IMO.
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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2011, 12:23:45 AM »
Thanks for the answer (and sorry for the long reply). I can cross this issue off my list. I've been having some issues with my last few batches.They taste fine when sampling them during the final gravity reading before adding the priming sugar and bottling. But, I'm getting a slight chemical after taste 2-weeks later after the bottle fermintation period. Any suggestions?
Are you 100% sure that your bottling equipment is clean and sanitized?  If it tastes fine before bottling, and all of the bottles taste bad after, I'd be inclined to think you've got some kind of contamination between the fermenter and the bottle.  Either a cracked hose, a crevice in your bottling bucket or spigot, those are the usual suspects.  I'd examine the process, find potential sources of contamination, and address them.
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Re: Bottle sterilization question
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2011, 10:26:19 AM »
thanks for th tip....I will check these things out.