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Old 04-10-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
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About to bottle my first batch. To sanitize everything on brew day I used Bruclens , filled up a 25L bucket, chucked everything in for 20mins, took stuff out as and when I needed it and gave it a very good rinse.

I could do something similar with the bottles, caps, etc. But I am wondering if this would also be OK:
* clean bottles thoroughly in preparation
* on bottling day, spray iodophor from a spraygun into each bottle
* leave each bottle for a few minutes
* rinse with clean water.

Also - how about sanitizing the bottling bucket, is spraying with iodophor OK there too? What about the tap on the bucket?

Sorry for the multiple questions. Just want to get this first batch right

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[ps: I'm in the UK, StarSan is not easy to get over here]

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Old 04-10-2008, 10:24 AM   #2
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Iodophor is no rinse so you don't really need to do that, just let it air dry. What I have been doing is filling a 5 gallon bucket with water, and after a good cleaning toss my stir spoon, racking cane etc in there for about 5 minutes and then they're ready to go.

For bottles, I rinse them good after use and then put all of them in the dishwasher after which they I have a cooler which I put them in where they stay sealed up until ready. When ready for bottling, I fill a couple buckets with water, add iodophor, soak them in there for about 5 minutes and then hang them on my (clean & sanitized) bottling tree.

Never had a contamination problem yet.

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Old 04-10-2008, 11:12 AM   #3
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You don't really need to let iodophor sanitized equipment/bottles to dry either....the sanitizer will keep killing anything that touches it as long as it is WET. If you have a bottle tree or a way to drain them upside down after you dip or spray them then dip and let them brain, but use them while they still are wet.


Here's a good thread on sanitizers... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=54932

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Old 04-10-2008, 11:17 AM   #4
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OK thanks for the info. Shame that StarSan is not available over here as you guys seem to rate it so highly. Sounds like I need to add a bottle tree too, Im running out of places to store my homebrew gadgets already!

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Rinsing after kinda defeats the purpose, unless of coarse, you have sanitized/sterilized water to rinse with.

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To sanitize bottles, can't you just put them in the dishwasher (provided you have one of course) and run through a hot water rinse only cycle? Or am I supposed to be doing more than that?

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Well, not "hot rinse" setting, but if your dishwasher has a sanitize setting, that might work. I know lots of people do it. Remember, you have to have clean bottles BEFORE you sanitize, because the water doesnt' really go up into the bottles in the dishwasher.

But, it's so much faster for me to just use a vinator and bottle tree to sanitize. I squirt some sanitizer in one bottle, and hang it on the bottle tree. It takes literally less than 10 minutes to sanitize 50 bottles.

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Ive been filling the bottling bucket with tap water, adding C-Brite or B-Brite and soaking all my stuff bottles included, then give it a quick rinse. This time I'm gonna bake my bottles though.

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But, it's so much faster for me to just use a vinator and bottle tree to sanitize. I squirt some sanitizer in one bottle, and hang it on the bottle tree. It takes literally less than 10 minutes to sanitize 50 bottles.
+1 That's what I do also. Of all the methods that I have tried, it's the best balance between good sanitation and ease for me.
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I dont sanatize my bottles and have never had a problem. Right after I pour a beer I rinse the bottle very well 3-4 times in hot water. I then turn it upside down in a box and leave it untill I am ready to bottle again. I know 4 other brewers that do the exact same thing and I dont think they have every had a problem either.

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