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Old 07-12-2008, 01:01 AM   #1
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Ok, so welp I used what I thought was common sense, but we'll see.

So when I bottled, I used B-T-F (Iodine, I think) as a sanatizer. I diluted maybe 0.5 oz in probablt 2-3 gallons of water (enough to fill my sink). I submierged my bottles in it for a few minutes, took them out of the water, shook them dry then filled them. I also had a bowl of the stuff with my caps in it, so I'd shake the caps off before capping.

My questions now is: was that a good thing to do? I would think that the ultra-low concentration of iodine in the final product (e.g. the beer) shouldn't affect the flavor. Thoughts?

Also, is oxyclean free a sanatizer as well as a cleanser? In which case, should I just use that in the future and not BTF? Would I need to rinse bottles sanatized with oxyclean?

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Old 07-12-2008, 01:25 AM   #2
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Your good... BTF Iodophor is a no-rinse sanitizer. Sounds like you got the dilution rate about right. (I recommend starsan though)

Oxyclean is NOT a sanitizer. YES, rinse the hell out of bottles CLEANED with oxyclean.

Sodium percarbonate, as the warning label reads. A white, crystaline powder that will disolve in water to give oxygen. You don't want to oxygenate (aerate) your beer. Plus, its not food grade/safe.

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Old 07-12-2008, 02:11 AM   #3
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Good deal. I'm not totally certain on the concentration, was lotta eyeball'ing it. But I will say that the water wasn't brown/tan, was totally clear

I cleaned my bottles with oxyclean, but then had them soaking in the BTF solution so I figure they should be pretty well rinsed.

Edit: Oh and why starsan over idophor? What's the difference?

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BTF Iodophor & starsan are both good (and popular) sanitizers that are widely used in the food & dairy industries. I started out using starsan, so I stick to it. Its my preference. I didn't mean to insinuate that starsan is 'better'. They are both no rinse when diluted properly. 300ppm for starsan & 12.5ppm for Iodophor. That being said, starsan has a foaming action that will cause it to "stick" to surfaces which can be useful. This same action allows it to penetrate micro cracks and scratches, which is obviously useful.

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So when I bottled, I used B-T-F (Iodine, I think) as a sanatizer. I diluted maybe 0.5 oz in probablt 2-3 gallons of water (enough to fill my sink). I submierged my bottles in it for a few minutes, took them out of the water, shook them dry then filled them. I also had a bowl of the stuff with my caps in it, so I'd shake the caps off before capping.
Iodophor is no-rinse at 12.5ppm (3ml/gallon).
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Were the caps Oxygen-barrier caps? Soaking them will cause this feature to become useless, so you may want to check that out before you soak them again.

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I don't think they were.. they were just "generic" caps I got at my LHBS. I don't think there was anything on the label about oxygen barrier.

If I did end up with too high a concentration of idophor for sanitizing my bottles, is there any sort of flavor that typically has?

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