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Old 10-05-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default Bottling Bucket Valve Sanitation

I used a bottling bucket for my primary fermenter. Before filling, I ran sanitizer through the valve, then wrapped the valve with plastic wrap.

When I'm ready to transfer the batch, should I try to sanitize the valve again before running the beer through it?

I was thinking about mixing some sanitizer and spraying it into the valve spout, then flushing a small amount of beer through it.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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It's probably a good idea to re-sanitize. It certainly won't hurt anything.

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If you flip the spigot upside down, you can fill it with sanitizer and let it sit for a minute. There is a carb hole that you will have to plug with your finger though, or the sanitizer will run right back out.

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Be sure to take those plastic spigots completely apart to clean and sanitize them.

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While running sanitizer through the spigot open and close it repeatedly to expose as much of its inner surfaces to the sanitizer as you can.

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Be sure to take those plastic spigots completely apart to clean and sanitize them.
This for sure, including removing the nut and washers that hold the spigot in the bucket as these hold an incredible amount of old wort. The spigot comes apart too. Hold it under hot water first and it pops apart quite easily.
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This for sure, including removing the nut and washers that hold the spigot in the bucket as these hold an incredible amount of old wort. The spigot comes apart too. Hold it under hot water first and it pops apart quite easily.
He has beer in the bucket already. He used it for a primary. He wants to sanitize the spigot before he transfers the beer through it.

To the OP, just hit it with some star san and you'll be fine.
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He has beer in the bucket already. He used it for a primary. He wants to sanitize the spigot before he transfers the beer through it.

To the OP, just hit it with some star san and you'll be fine.
This, this is where a spray bottle with star san is useful..just a few sprays up into the nozzle and on it and wait 30 seconds and your good.
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Thanks for the responses fellas!

I did sanitize the valve before filling the bucket.

It sounds like I'm on the right track for my next step. I'll do some additional sanitizing and a very brief purge before beginning my transfer.

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One other thing. The first few onces or so are going to be very cloudy from all the yeast and trub that collected in the body of the spigot. You may want to waste this if you getting ready to bottle.

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