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Old 02-17-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default Best way to Sanitize bottles without dishwasher

Hello there,

I have seen posts about sanitizing bottles in their dishwashers. I have also seen posts that people make about 1 gallon of Star-San mix and sanitize everything with that.

I do not have a dishwasher, and every time I bottle or brew I have to make about 5 gallons of star-san mix, what methods to you all use in order to sanitize your bottles using the least amount of star-san? I plan to get 5 gallons of distilled water and just have a bucket of it on hand at all times that I can keep reusing, but is this overkill? When I mix my star-san it becomes cloudy with tap water. I also plan to pickup so PH strips tomorrow for testing.

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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I only make a gallon at a time of Star-san. Oh, and a vinator will be your best friend. You put Star-San in it and with a couple of pumps your bottles are sanitized. Uses hardly any sanitizer.

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I mix up my starsan in a spray bottle. Two shots through the neck coats the inside of the bottle. No need to fill the bottles up with the sanitizer as long as you coat it well. One of the regular sized spray bottles from Home Despot full of starsan lasts me though multiple brew sessions. Makes one bottle of starsan concentrate last a LONG time.

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This is what I do. It works like a charm.

http://www.boomchugalug.com/knowledg...g-beer-bottles

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+1 on Star-san and Vinator. Best way I've found to do it.


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I only make a gallon at a time of Star-san. Oh, and a vinator will be your best friend. You put Star-San in it and with a couple of pumps your bottles are sanitized. Uses hardly any sanitizer.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:54 AM   #6
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I dip the bottles in statsan and dry on a bottle rack (that is rinsed in starsan). A spray bottle of starsan is great for quick object sanitation during bottling, or anytime.
this makes it really quick without having to wait for drying or cooling.

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Why are you mixing up so much? Not criticizing, just curious. I mix up a gallon at a time, and sanitize all equipment and 54~56 bottles. I use the "full immersion baptism" method, first dunk the bottles in a sink full of clean water, than a second dunk in a plastic dish-washing tub with the star san, and drain on a bottle tree.

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to the baking bottles guy and all who want to do this, it'll weaken the glass especially around the neck so when you cap a bottle which has gone thru the heat/cool cycle, more than likely it'll crack and break eaisly break.
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I dip the bottles in statsan and dry on a bottle rack (that is rinsed in starsan). A spray bottle of starsan is great for quick object sanitation during bottling, or anytime.
this makes it really quick without having to wait for drying or cooling.
Starsan is a leave-on sanitizer. Once it dries, it's not working anymore. Better to sanitize the bottles right before bottling and bottle while they're still wet.
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to the baking bottles guy and all who want to do this, it'll weaken the glass especially around the neck so when you cap a bottle which has gone thru the heat/cool cycle, more than likely it'll crack and break eaisly break.
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I think if it's cooled slowly, it will mitigate this problem.

Does anyone have experience with baking bottles, and leaving them for a few weeks before bottling? I would be too scared to allow this much time to pass.
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