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Old 08-05-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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So I'm currently doing some sanitizing to bottle tonight. I have always heard the saying 'dont fear the foam' but is having foam in the bottles worthwhile when bottling or a hinderence?

Should I let them dry pretty good before filling or let them stay wet?

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Old 08-05-2009, 01:17 AM   #2
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You can left them stay wet. Be sure to give them about 30 seconds. If you are going to be brewing and bottling a lot you should get a bottle tree with a Vinator

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Old 08-05-2009, 01:21 AM   #3
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:22 AM   #4
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I wash my bottles in the dishwasher, using the sanitize mode. It uses a high temp wash/dry to sanitize. As I bottle, I pull a bottle from the dishwasher, then spray it with StarSan using a special bottle sanitizing sprayer (a Vinator like JVD X mentioned). I shake off any excess, then fill with beer.

I have read that by not rinsing the sanitizer it can ruin head retention in the final beer. Not sure if thats true or not.

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If you let the Star-San dry, then you have wasted your sanitizing. It is a contact sanitizer, so if it drys, then there is a risk of something else attaching to the surface of the bottle. No worries though, bottle away !

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I am there. I use the dishwasher and then use Starsan. Lots of foam as I do use the Vinator on top of the bottle tree.
"don't fear the foam".

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Most of the foam will be pushed out of the top anyway.

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I just use the dishwasher:


Wash with sanitize cycle, put little square of saran wrap over bottle mouth. Put bottle in case. Bottle whenever.

no infections yet.

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As you bottle, the foam will be pushed up and out of the bottle, thereby giving more wet surface contact on the insides of the bottle as it is pushed out. This is a good thing, not a bad thing. Also, StarSan in my experience does not affect head retention at all. After the beer is in the bottle, the StarSan is diluted to the point that it essentially breaks down into food for the yeast.

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In my most recent bottling effort, I sanitized the bottles the night before bottling. I stored them in a large plastic bin (Covered), which I had also sanitized with Star San. This way, I didn't have any foam issues. They end up with a few drops of starsan at the bottom, which I just shake out before filling.

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