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Old 04-20-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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Am I going to far???

1. Washed in hot water with mild soap
2. Rinsed throughly with hot water
3. In the dishwasher on rinse and heated dry
4. Soak in iodophor then air dry
5. Bottle the brew

Is that overdoing it? I would rather err on the side of caution. You would agree with me if you knew my "normal luck". No luck but bad luck on this end. Just want to ensure no infections.


Any advice?

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Old 04-20-2007, 06:53 PM   #2
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It' s never overdone when it comes to sanitation. I do the same thing, only I do with starsan and soak the bottles until I'm ready to use them.


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Old 04-20-2007, 06:57 PM   #3
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I wash the bottles as soon as I pour the beer from them, which makes sure that I don't get any solid residue.

Then I soak them in starsan for 15 mins before bottling. That's it. You might be overdoing it, but I've never used iodophor, so I dunno what it requires.

EDIT: if they're icky bottles that I get from someone else, I'll soak them overnight in oxyclean, then rinse them thoroughly in hot water.

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Old 04-20-2007, 06:57 PM   #4
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I do the same but. I switch steps 3 and 4. And just use the heated dry.

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:30 PM   #5
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I just rinse my bottles after i drink them. At bottling day i squirt in some Star San and set the bottles on my dishwasher rack to drip dry. StarSan only takes 30 seconds to sanitize, and that time can include the time sitting on the rack drip-drying. Same goes for iodophor.

Skip the dishwasher. Clean the bottles, get some iodophor on the inside, swirl the bottle to coat all side, then plop them on your dishwasher rack. Easy peasy.

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I do something similar. After drinking a bottled beer, I rinse the glass with hot water (soak it if the label needs to come off). I give it a spin in the dishwasher, then let it dry until bottling day. On bottling day, I use Star San solution without any rinsing.

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Old 04-20-2007, 10:19 PM   #7
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To me step 3 seems entirely unnecessary if you did an adequate job with #1 and 2.

I use swing-top bottles, and just make sure to rinse them out really well as soon as I empty a bottle. Then I fill them with water and close them up until brew day. Then one quick rinse with the bottle washer, a quick jet of StarSan on the sanitizer injector, and away I go. Never had an infection develop in the bottle.

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I agree that 3 is not really needed.

Also, iodophor does not have to dry completely to sanitize.

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What I don't understand is how you can fill bottles that have sanitizing solution coated inside. Seem like a yeast killer

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What I don't understand is how you can fill bottles that have sanitizing solution coated inside. Seem like a yeast killer
OK, I am sorry, that might be confusing. Obviously you don't want it coating the bottles. What I was trying to convey is that it doesn't have to dry to sanitize. If you soak them in 12.5 ppm iodophor, shake out the extra, and let them drain for 20 minutes there is some moisture left but it is sanitized and does not kill the yeast (I can speak from experience.).
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