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Old 12-19-2008, 01:04 AM   #1
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Hope I'm posting in the right section...

After sanitising, do you bottle your beer while the insides of the bottles are still wet?

Otherwise you would have to air dry and I'm assuming they would become contaminated while waiting for them to dry...

Sorry it's such a dumb question.

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Old 12-19-2008, 01:07 AM   #2
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It depends on the sanitizer you are using. I use Star San which is a wet contact sanitizer so wet is good. What sanitizer are you planning on using?

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It's not a dumb question at all! Most sanitizers are "no-rinse" sanitizers, and are considered sanitized until they dry. Once they dry, though, they are once again susceptible to contamination. Bleach is an exception- I believe that even dry, it stays sanitary for a little while. But I have no idea if that is true in brewing- that goes back to my memory many years ago of briefly working in institutional food service.

The short answer is to bottle when still wet!

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yopper said bottle when wet.
Who am I to argue?

Double Arrogant Bastard does this to me!

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Thanks so much for the replies (and for not pointing out my spelling error in the title, argh)...

I'm using household bleach at this point unless I can find something better before bottling time. (I live in a small town with not much in the way of HB supplies).

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The way I bottle is this...Never had a problem (yet)

1) Soak bottles in warm water with Oxy-Clean for 10-24 hours.
2) Scrub outside of bottles (get all the guck and crap off the bottles and make sure inside looks clean) then give a good rinse under clean water
3) Rinse or soak bottles in Star-San for a bit
4) Rinse under clean water again and place on bottle tree
5) When putting brew in bottles dont worry about remaining Star-San in bottles, thats ok for the brew and will not harm it or change the taste.

We have used this process for many many batches now and they have all come out fine.
Good luck.

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Old 12-19-2008, 01:34 AM   #7
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Thanks so much for the replies (and for not pointing out my spelling error in the title, argh)...

I'm using household bleach at this point unless I can find something better before bottling time. (I live in a small town with not much in the way of HB supplies).
If by 'NZ' in your name you mean New Zealand email Brewer's Coop in Auckland (sorry can't remember the address but should be in the yellow pages), Mike there is selling Star-San, probably the one of the best sanitisers on the market. It may seem expensive compared to other products but you use about 1.6mL per L so a little goes a long way.

Also check out realbeer.ning.com for some kiwi brewers.

Hope that helps.
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The way I bottle is this...Never had a problem (yet)

1) Soak bottles in warm water with Oxy-Clean for 10-24 hours.
2) Scrub outside of bottles (get all the guck and crap off the bottles and make sure inside looks clean) then give a good rinse under clean water
3) Rinse or soak bottles in Star-San for a bit
4) Rinse under clean water again and place on bottle tree
5) When putting brew in bottles dont worry about remaining Star-San in bottles, thats ok for the brew and will not harm it or change the taste.

We have used this process for many many batches now and they have all come out fine.
Good luck.
I wouldn't rinse Star-San out - Just let it soak for a little, dump it out, and fill the bottle up while its still wet.
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First, I get my priming solution boiling and throw it in the freezer with a (sanitized) temperature probe. I then start sanitizing my bottles one by one and hang them on the botling tree. When the primer hits 70 F or so, I rack to a bottling bucket and start bottling. There is usually quite a bit of moisture in the bottles still, but I think most of it has drained by then. It's StarSan, so it doesn't matter.

If you are using a bleach solution, you should probably rinse with water that has been boiled and cooled. I highly recommend getting StarSan. It's a lot easier. Just order it on the internet if you have no HB places nearby.

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Brian,

If you rinse that star san out of the bottle, you might as well not use any in the first place. Star-san is a no rinse santitizer. You put more icky stuff back into the bottle with the tap water.

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