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Old 11-21-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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Hi all, about to start bottling. I sanitized all bottles with diluted star san, and let them dry upside down on the counter on top of paper towels (about 30 minutes). Then i flipped them all around right side up and placed paper towel on them to cover them. There is no water collecting inside bottles, but if I stick my finger in the neck it feels slightly damp. Is this a worry? Or should I go ahead and bottle? Thanks!

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Hi all, about to start bottling. I sanitized all bottles with diluted star san, and let them dry upside down on the counter on top of paper towels (about 30 minutes). Then i flipped them all around right side up and placed paper towel on them to cover them. There is no water collecting inside bottles, but if I stick my finger in the neck it feels slightly damp. Is this a worry? Or should I go ahead and bottle? Thanks!
Nope go ahead and bottle, nothing to worry about.
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Do bottles have to be ABSOLUTELY dry before bottling?
Just the opposite. You want them to be wet. Star San is only effective while the surface is damp.

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Oh. Ok well I rinsed them with warm water after star san because when i poured out the star san its still bubbly/foamy and thought that might give weird flavors. Is that a problem? Should I re-star san them with no rinse?

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Oh. Ok well I rinsed them with warm water after star san because when i poured out the star san its still bubbly/foamy and thought that might give weird flavors. Is that a problem? Should I re-star san them with no rinse?
Yes I would re-sanitize them. Don't worry about the foam. It will not impart any flavors.
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Yup. You just un-did the sanitizing by rinsing. Bottles must be wet and foamy. The foam imparts no flavor, but it'll all be pushed out by the beer during filling anyway.

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I usually put the StarSan solution into a Sanitizer Injector. 3 pumps of the water/starsan mix and then bottle the beer... I also keep the caps in the solution so we can cap it right away.

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Oh, well I learned something. I've always washed it out with hot water. Never any problems though.

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Cool, thanks everyone! I resanitized and bottled! One more question though, I have to bottle a second batch tomorrow, I cleaned and then filled my bottling bucket with star san, stuck all my utensils in to sanitize them, and capped the bucket. Will this be okay to use my utensils tomorrow when I bottle? Will they still be sanitized?
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The StarSan foam is displaced by the beer when you bottle. Whatever is left is diluted enough that it will not interfere with carbonation. In fact the manufacturer says that it actually becomes a nutrient to the yeast at low concentrations. StarSan's "life" is indefinite, as long as the pH is below [a number that escapes me at 5am]. So your utensils are probably fine if the solution looks clean. If it looks cloudy and gross, I'd want to re-sanitize them anyway.

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