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Old 08-15-2014, 03:55 PM   #41
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The problem with using bleach solution is having to rinse it off. Using tap water can just put back what you were trying to sanitize, in my opinion. I value my health more than saving a few bucks. No offense meant. But Starsan & PBW are so easy to use & work so well, I'm hooked on'em.

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Old 08-15-2014, 04:39 PM   #42
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You'll still need StarSan for the racking cane, tubing, caps, etc. I always try to keep it on hand as that's pretty much the one thing you can't afford to run out of.

A few extra days won't hurt, in fact it'll probably benefit from being left in there. Some folks on here bulk condition for a month (or more).
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:11 PM   #43
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There's no question that bleach is very cheap but my $20 package of Starsan makes 80 gallons of sanitizing solution that lasts me a long time. For me it's worth the relatively small extra cost to not have to worry about rinsing or off flavors.

I sterilize my bottles in the oven and really like it. Pop em in the oven the night before (350F for an hour) and they're cooled and ready to go the next day.

Lot's of options so whatever works for you is good.

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Old 08-17-2014, 01:32 AM   #44
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I guess but I use bleach and my beers come out fine. Bit I don't mind the extra rinse and using good sanitary conditions from the start is a good practice.

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Old 08-17-2014, 01:37 AM   #45
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Bleach is used and recommended by OSHA for sanitary practice if mixed and used correctly.

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Old 08-17-2014, 01:39 AM   #46
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If you get an infection from your tap water then you have easy bigger problems then off flavor in your beer. Around here the craft breweries use bleach and water and they don't have problems

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:29 AM   #47
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1-rince bottle after drinking and let it dry upside down
2-wait til I have 12 bottles cleaned
3-place them in a bucket w/OxyClean
4-when I have another 12 bottles I take out the first batch, lables are gone by then.
5-rince and let drip dry upside down (the 12 that just came out of the oxyClean
6-store the cleaned, de-labled,dry bottles in a closed plastic box
7-soak clean bottles in Star San on bottleing day for a few minutes
7a-put bottle caps in a strainer and dip into StarSan and let drip
8-place bottles on lower rack of dishwasher after spraying StarSan on the rack
9-place bottling bucket on the diswasher
10-fill bottles and place on counter
11-place sanitized caps on bottles and cap.
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Like I said, bleach is a good sanitizer, but toxic. So rinsing it off negates any effects gained. And while OSHA says it's OK, there are other chemicals restaurants & such use that are safer & made for food equipment sanitizing, like Starsan. For not much more money, an 8oz bottle has lasted me 4 years.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:18 PM   #49
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I know this is a bit dated of a response since the thread is a month old, but I'm bottling my first brew is weekend. Learned some great things here.

Just add something, I use baking soda and warm water. It may be cheaper than the Oxy. Not sure if it has the same cleaning effect.

I tested my bottling tube this week and the thing leaked like crazy. Is that a concern? Guess I will have to put another bottle under faster and have my wife cap for me. Is the heavy leaking common? Should I replace it? Is here an upgrade I can get?

Does the temperature of the priming solution matter? Should I let it sit covered to cool for a short time before adding?


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