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Old 12-13-2012, 09:50 PM   #61
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It hit me this fall, while bottling, that bottling isn't so bad. 500ml and 650ml bottles speed things up. I have a system, I put some extra time getting ready so that when I do the deed it goes pretty fast. I can sanitize, bottle, cap and clean up 23L in 60-70 minutes.

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Old 12-14-2012, 12:20 AM   #62
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I never sanitize the caps. How much can be on them if you keep them in a ziplock and handle them carefully. They don't touch the beer either.
I would hate to have a whole batch ruined just because I didn't take 30 seconds to sanitize my caps...

Also curious as to how you never let your beer come in contact with the caps...
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:21 AM   #63
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I would hate to have a whole batch ruined just because I didn't take 30 seconds to sanitize my caps...

Also curious as to how you never let your beer come in contact with the caps...
The bottles are stored upright, so the beer doesn't touch the cap. and it is a very small surface. And really, what can be growing on the caps. They sit in a ziplock bag. I just recall the one time I did sterilize some caps and a did a few too many and when I put them away they ended up rusting.

Am I the only one?
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:24 AM   #64
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The bottles are stored upright, so the beer doesn't touch the cap. and it is a very small surface. And really, what can be growing on the caps. They sit in a ziplock bag. I just recall the one time I did sterilize some caps and a did a few too many and when I put them away they ended up rusting.

Am I the only one?
Your beer doesn't move when you move the bottles?

You have to let them dry before you put them back in the bag, it really isn't hard work. Pint glass full of sanitizer and caps, pull cap out place on bottle. The piece of mind alone is worth it IMO. You wouldn't put your bung in your carboy without sterilizing it, would you?
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:32 AM   #65
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I would hate to have a whole batch ruined just because I didn't take 30 seconds to sanitize my caps...

Also curious as to how you never let your beer come in contact with the caps...


I just throw my caps in a bowl full of water....
Am I not supposed to be sanitizing my caps?
The ones that have my logo on them Are fine.... It's not like the custom caps have ink or anything...
Why aren't you guys just putting them in a little bit of water in star San?
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:40 AM   #66
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I sanitize my caps but this got me thinking about the oxygen absorbing caps that activate with water...how are you suppose to sanitize them? Maybe you don't NEED to do it, but I do.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #67
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Sanitize your caps people. There is no difference between the caps and the bottle. If you sanitize the bottle, you should sanitize the caps.

If you use a vinator to sanitize the bottles (which I highly recommend), just toss the caps into the bowl of starsan solution at the top of the vinator.

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OK, I see I'm in the minority on this. I use a vinator so yeah I can toss some caps in the solution. I haven't had any issues with off tasting beer so far though there is no point in risking it for a measly cap.

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OK, I see I'm in the minority on this. I use a vinator so yeah I can toss some caps in the solution. I haven't had any issues with off tasting beer so far though there is no point in risking it for a measly cap.
I was by no means saying "you're doing it wrong", if it works for you then it works . It's just worth the piece of mind IMO, it's a good 6 hours worth of work and one months patience before your brew is complete, for me, I'll take most precautions to make sure that it comes out well

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I was by no means saying "you're doing it wrong", if it works for you then it works . It's just worth the piece of mind IMO, it's a good 6 hours worth of work and one months patience before your brew is complete, for me, I'll take most precautions to make sure that it comes out well

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If a bunch of people posted they skipped sanitizing the caps and had no issues, I wouldn't change. Since no one else seems willing to cap without sanitizing then it's a bit riskier for me to be doing all the testing.
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