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Old 06-24-2008, 06:46 AM   #1
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I usually soak my bottles in a bleach solution then blast them with hot water using a bottle washer and finally run them through the sanitize setting on my dishwasher (without soap of course) right before bottling. Is this a little overkill? When using fliptops, I take off the wire fliptop and do the same procedure, except I handwash the ceramic piece with hot water then spray a solution of starsan on them before bottling. What is the easiest way to sanitize the fliptop bottles (and tops)? I don't want to corrode the wire and/or seal by soaking in bleach. I don't bottle too much any more now that I got my keg setup, but when I do (2) 1 gallon ciders (I don't drink it enough to warrant a 5 gallon batch), I want an easy way to bottle them and my flip tops seem to be the answer. Comments?

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Old 06-24-2008, 06:55 AM   #2
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Why not just go to a one step sanitizer as that is as easy as it gets. I always took the rubber seal off and cleaned/sanitized them before bottling. I never took the wire off as I would soak them in iodaphor and let them drain on the dishrack as I bottled.

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Old 06-25-2008, 12:15 AM   #3
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I do the same as Blender only I use StarSan. Doesn't get any easier than using a good no rinse sanitizer.

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Old 06-25-2008, 03:09 AM   #4
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+3 StarSan and a Vinater.

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Old 06-25-2008, 03:14 AM   #5
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Plus use your dishwasher racks (clean / sprayed with starsan from a spray bottle) to hold your bottles as they drip and wait for you to fill them.

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Old 06-25-2008, 04:01 AM   #6
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+1 starsan ,but now Im wondering about the corrosiveness of starsan lonterm on my fliptops, as of yet I don't see any rust.

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Old 06-25-2008, 01:19 PM   #7
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I got some discoloring on the wire after leaving the tops in starsan for ~30 mins.

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I got some discoloring on the wire after leaving the tops in starsan for ~30 mins.
Yep, you sure will since those bails are not stainless and Starsan is acidic. I found that out the hard way a long time ago.

I now pour about 8 ounces of starsan in the bottle, then cover the opening with my thumb (I have a rubber glove on), tilt the bottle horizontal, then rotate it a few times, then gently pour the starsan back into the pouring cup. My last act is to dip the mouth of the bottle in the Starsan before placing it on a bottle tree to drain.

I have the vinator, but it foams up the starsan too much IMO. The above method takes less than 10 seconds per bottle and uses about 16 ounces of sanitizing solution.
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:34 PM   #9
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I usually make up at least 2 gallons of a starsan solution and dump it in my bottling bucket. I then fill as many bottles as I can with the solution and set them on the counter as I fill them. When I run out of solution, I dump them all back in the bucket and dip the whole neck in the solution before putting the bottles on the tree. I then continue on until all my bottles are ready for bottling. I haven't seen an discoloration of the bails on my bottles yet.

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My wife and I just fill a bucket with star-san, soak the bottles for 30 seconds to a minute (without taking the gaskets off), and put them on the bottle tree to drip. Then just start filling.

The steel cages are cheapo so if they go bad - it's no big deal.

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